At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite. Freedom Master/shutterstock

Music

Did academia kill jazz?

During Super Bowl LIII, will Atlanta’s long struggle for racial equality be highlighted or glossed over? Peter Ciro/flickr

Cities

Super Bowl LIII and the soul of Atlanta

The country's 'Black Mecca' is hosting the Super Bowl. With the NFL's national anthem controversy still lingering, this creates an undeniable paradox.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Sports

Belichick versus McVay: An age-old question of leadership

Even though young leaders and old leaders may have different approaches, one isn't necessarily better than the other. But in order to succeed, a leader better be able to bridge generational divides.
In 1919, 1,376 new Norway Maples were planted along streets in Brooklyn. Department of Parks of the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York

Cities

Not so long ago, cities were starved for trees

In 1910, along one 45-block stretch of New York City's Fifth Avenue, there were only 13 trees.
There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous. Alisusha/Shutterstock.com

Literature

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Researchers studied whether subtly being exposed to different colors could change tipping behavior. Anutr Yossundara/Shutterstock.com

Design

Want better tips? Go for gold

Studies show a weak relationship between tip amounts and quality of service. But the color gold seems to have a way of making diners feel wealthier – and more generous.
Sometimes the reaction doesn’t go as planned. Lily & Chloe Official/YouTube

Parenting

The bizarre phenomenon of vacation surprise videos

With the surprise meticulously planned, all eyes – and lenses – turn to the kids. All they have to do is react as expected: overjoyed. So why don't they?
This undated score, written by Joseph Mohr and titled ‘Weynachts Lied’ (‘Christmas Carol’), is the earliest known surviving copy of ‘Silent Night.’ Salzburg Museum

Music

The humble origins of ‘Silent Night’

Two hundred years ago, an Austrian priest teamed up with a schoolteacher to perform the first rendition of 'Silent Night.' Little did they know that it would one day be sung in over 300 languages.
Sleep deprivation among teens spiked after 2012 – just as smartphone use became common. GCapture/Shutterstock.com

Media

Worry over kids’ excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Some say the hysteria over screen time echoes parents' worries that their kids were watching too much TV in the 1980s. But new studies show there's nothing overblown about parents' growing concern.
Twenty-nine-year-old Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Fashion

Criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes echoes attacks against early female labor activists

Striking 20th-century garment workers wore their best dresses and hats to send a message that they had the right to be taken seriously and have their voices heard.
In some societies, kids are taught that they’re in control of their own happiness – which makes them more indulgent. Oleksii Synelnykov/Shutterstock.com

Culture

How where you’re born influences the person you become

Children in countries like South Korea and Russia are more obedient, while American kids tend to be more self-indulgent.
Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root interviews New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn along Highway 652 near the Texas-New Mexico border. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune/Courtesy of NewsMatch

Media

How local journalism can upend the ‘fake news’ narrative

A recent survey found that Americans trust local media outlets far more than national ones.

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