The small city of Hazard, Kentucky, rests in the heart of Appalachia. AP Photo/David Stephenson

Language

Combatting stereotypes about Appalachian dialects

The founder of the West Virginia Dialect Project hopes to debunk some of the myths about the way Appalachian people speak and instill pride in a rich, oft-maligned culture.
A statue of Henry David Thoreau in front of a replica of his cabin in Concord, Massachusetts. Chris Devers

Media

Henry David Thoreau’s views of 19th-century media resonate today

Thoreau spent his life pursuing the 'hard bottom' of truth. But he confronted a sensationalist newspaper industry that, in many ways, mimicked today's media environment.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness. © Margaret Morton

Design

How the homeless create homes

Even though they don't consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
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Media

Putin’s flacks: Russia’s stealth public relations war

Russia has seized upon loopholes in lobbying laws, hiring PR firms to influence American public opinion and policy in ways that advance Russia's strategic interests.
In sickness and in health. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Sexuality

Are LGBT Americans actually reaping the benefits of marriage?

Marriage has long been tied to better health. The first study of the relationship between marriage, health and quality of life for LGBT Americans affirms the benefits of marriage – with some caveats.
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Families

The understated affection of fathers

Wives sometimes chide their husbands for being cold or distant toward their sons. But men express their love in subtle ways that deserve to be honored rather than belittled.

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