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Gross National Happiness

What can we learn from the “world’s happiest country”?

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Politics Psychology

They’re Out to Get You

In the age of misinformation, what makes conspiracy theories so appealing?

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Democracy Politics United States

Our Democracy is Dumb

We don’t vote so good. (But we could.)

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Democracy Politics United States

The Case for a Bigger House

The United States House of Representatives is a cornerstone of the American Democratic system, a piece of living history, and a real shitshow.

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Politics

A Brief History of “In God We Trust”

South Dakota’s getting ornery again. A new Rushmore State law mandates the display of the United States motto, “In God We Trust” in every one of the state’s 697 public schools. Displaying the motto is required by law, but, schools are allowed to get fun creative with the new rule, which gives school principals the […]

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Geography Politics

A Tale of Two States

On November 2nd, 1889, Benjamin Harrison, ranked #30 in C-SPAN’s ranking of US Presidents, probably sneered as he drove a knife into the heart of Dakota Territory, dividing it forever along an East-West meridian. When he signed the documents formally creating two new states, the President famously (and cutely) shuffled them, preventing onlookers from knowing […]