Robert Redford played the golden Gatsby in 1974.
Status anxiety and conspicuous consumption generate a dazzling, often surreal poetry in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. But Gatsby’s rise and fall exposes deep fissures underlying the American Dream.
Millennials are less likely to own a home than previous generations were at the same age.
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As millennials flock to certain parts of the US, home prices in those areas are surging.
More elderly people may soon be pinching pennies.
Americans are increasingly struggling to save enough for retirement. If Social Security isn't saved, growing old in poverty will likely become more common.
Some countries seem to provide more equitable opportunities in schools and society in general. Others have work to do if they want to advance the adage that hard work and education afford success regardless of one’s existing social status.
Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
A luxury home near Philadelphia.
Middle-class houses in the US have grown ever larger. The average single-family home is almost twice the size of a home in the 1960s. It's time to consider the downsides of sizing up.
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Americans' widespread belief that they live in a meritocracy where anyone can get ahead actually makes inequality even worse, particularly in terms of gender.
Students at Berkeley campus.
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Post-World War II California built an unrivalled system of higher education combining access, affordability and choice. Then a contraction of the vision came in the 1980s.
While Prop 13 may have saved the California dream for some, it destroyed it for many others.
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In 1978, Californians voted to pass Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes and ushered in an era of underinvestment, ending the 'California dream' for many.
The 2016 Standing Rock protest was only the most recent manifestation of the indigenous American values inherited by European settlers on this land.
Anti-immigrant policies ignore that American ideals like liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness can be traced back to the indigenous pioneers who once moved freely across North America.
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.
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'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.