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Monday, September 01, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
The more we become socially isolated individually, the more our society as a whole suffers, argues Marc Dunkelman.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, structural engineers. In an age of constant self-promotion, anonymous work remains integral to public successes.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sociologist Colin Jerolmack set out to write a thoughtful book on the changing cityscape — something like Jane Jacobs’ seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities. But that was before a pigeon pooped on him.
He’d been observing changes in a pocket park near Carmine Street on the ...
Monday, April 07, 2014
For this week’s installment of our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine the problems of extreme poverty in cities like Camden, NJ (the poorest city in the country), Baltimore, and Philadelphia. The also investigate a number of the questions many have about the urban poor, such as: How do single mothers survive on welfare? Why were so many low-income women having children without marrying, when doing so seems so difficult? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? Why don’t more people work? Their book Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City is based on a multi-year ethnographic study of black and white low-income, unmarried fathers in inner-city Philadelphia and Camden and shows how major economic and cultural shifts have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Sociologist Michael Kimmel examines the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. In his book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the economic, social and political shifts that have transformed the country.
Friday, November 29, 2013
We’re replaying some of your favorite segments on this Black Friday. We’ll start with a recent conversation about the nature of Jewish identity and practice with Jane Eisner of The Forward. Plus: Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his mind about his own faith; Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker discusses his new book, David and Goliath, and the way uneven challenges shape our society; and Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby talk about the state of interracial friendships in 2013, including their own.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with Education Week. We’ll look at the education issues at play in the gubernatorial and US senate races in New Jersey. Plus: New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his investigation into fraudulent positive reviews on services like Yelp; and Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman explains a new California law about “erasing” content posted by minors online. Then, an update on the diplomatic situation with Iran from Robin Wright, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi. And Columbia University’s Sudhir Venkatesh on his new book about New York’s underground economies and illicit markets.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo and Heat Wave, is joined by two graduate students to discuss their research into NYC's response to climate change and Hurricane Sandy. Liz Koslov, a doctoral student in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, talks about her research in coastal Staten Island, where residents are trying to figure out if the government will buy them out of their homes, and at what price. Sociology doctoral student Jacob Faber explains his work on the geography of Sandy's impact, in terms of flooding, access to public transit and problems with electricity and sewage.
Friday, May 03, 2013
The price of birth control pills depends on what pill you use and where you buy it. A new collaboration between WNYC and Clear Health Costs reveals some of these price disparities. Plus: what going without a mirror taught sociologist and author Kjerstin Gruys; how to get past culture clash; the problems with the DSM; and Franchesca Ramsey on social media etiquette.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Jesper Juul, visiting assistant professor at New York University Game Center, blogger, and author of The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games (The MIT Press, 2013), argues that the value of video games isn't in winning, but in learning how to lose.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sociologists Laura Hamilton, of the University of California, Merced, and Elizabeth A. Armstrong, of the University of Michigan, co-authors of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013) share the results of their five-year study of female undergraduates and their disheartening conclusion that college fails to provide social mobility.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in psychology and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow (now in paperback), shares his insights into the brain's two modes of thinking and what that can explain about things like jury deliberations, risk, sports streaks, and the 'irrational exuberance' of capitalists.
→ Event: Daniel Kahneman will be appearing with Joshua Foer at the Union Square Barnes and Noble tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Richard Sennett, distinguished visiting scholar of the University of Cambridge, and author of Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation, argues that working together is a craft that can be strengthened. He explores the nature of cooperation and why it is undervalued as a skill.
Monday, January 07, 2013
This interview originally aired live on January 7, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.
Jared Diamond, professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, and talks about how we can learn from the differences between modern life and traditional societies that still exist today.
→ EVENT: An Evening with Jared Diamond. Monday, January 07, 2013 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the New School Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street. (Sold Out, but information about no-show seating here.)
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
At this Books and Authors Luncheon, Vance Packard tries to dispel the idea that his book, The Hidden Persuaders (1957), is merely about the quirks and absurdities of advertising's use of "motivational research."
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Poverty is on the rise in the United States and has been during the last decade, especially among children. Since 2001 child poverty rates have increased by 4.7 percent. Krissy Clark, the senior reporter for Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty Desk, is covering the implications of child poverty in the United States.