Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
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Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard died of complications from ALS on July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky.
To the recently deceased playwright, the nation's greatest tragedy was its move from an agricultural society to an urban, industrial one.
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One of Trump’s selling points was that he would 'make America great again': this meant bringing back the American dream.
Could this be you?
'American Idol' fittingly appeared nine months after 9/11 – and ends just in time for Donald Trump's rise.
We kick off our collaboration with Point Taken, a new debate program from WGBH TV.
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
The future of work is an issue on many people’s minds.
Talk about the future of work is in the air these days, but will all the chatter lead to action and better living standards for tomorrow's workers?
Anne Tyler’s Booker short-listed novel is an exquisite meditation on family life.
If you can’t see it, does race not exist?
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Do academics need to change the way they teach race? What is the impact of students having been socialized to believe that "race doesn't matter"?
Elite students get elite jobs.
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Even though America claims to be a society based on hard work and meritocracy, rewards go only to those with the right college degree.
Modern day American poverty: Slab City, CA
Robert Putnam's new book aims to make the social inequality a core issue in the 2016 campaign: a member of his research team explains how.
Not so feelgood.
Warning: this article contains spoilers. The Oscar nominations loom, and Bennett Miller’s quiet masterpiece Foxcatcher deserves recognition. The film is a genuine “state of the nation” story, something…
Is the right to pursue happiness equally available to all Americans?
Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…