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As prices at the grocery store rise, farmers' costs are up too

Jan 20, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes paid double for nitrogen this year. Consumers shouldn’t blame growers for inflation, she said.
"I will be making money if these prices stay up," said Iowa farmer April Hemmes. "But that's a big if." Above, Hemmes on her farm in 2019.
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Health communication expert gives U.S. a "C" for pandemic performance

Jan 18, 2022
Cynthia Baur of the University of Maryland explains how health agencies get their messages out.
Warning sign: To end the confusion about pandemic information, said Cynthia Baur, officials need to "get back to the communication basics, which are to explain things very clearly and simply in a jargon-free way."
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Why are there so many celebrity beauty brands?

Jan 17, 2022
Beauty reporter Cheryl Wischhover says social media and industry profits are behind the abundance of celebrity makeup and skincare lines.
A display of Fenty Beauty products, a brand launched by Rihanna, is seen in the United Kingdom.
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After 18 months on lists of Black-owned businesses, her clothing company is "leveling out"

Dec 23, 2021
Aliya Wanek's clothing line is still more popular than it was in 2019, so she reduced her hours at her day job.
Aliya Wanek now works part-time as a speech therapist to devote more time to her clothing business.
Photo courtesy Aliya Wanek

Being single in the U.S. comes at a cost

Dec 22, 2021
Author Anne Helen Petersen compares being single in the United States to living in a hostile climate like the Arctic.
"Nearly 40% of the population is either single or a single parent, and the ways in which people are falling through these social safety nets” demonstrates the need for change, said author Anne Helen Petersen.
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Prices will remain high, California warehouse owner predicts

Dec 16, 2021
David Erlanger is dealing with shipping delays and price increases the likes of which he hasn’t seen in his decades in the business.
David Erlanger at his main warehouse in Riverside, California. Business is good, but the conditions are challenging, he said.
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Could hybrid work hold women back?

Dec 6, 2021
Because women are more likely to take advantage of workplace flexibility, journalist Emily Peck says they could be put on the "mommy track."
"That's the worry, that the women who take advantage of this new workplace flexibility will wind up in the same old mommy track," argues Emily Peck, who wrote about how working from home could hold women back professionally.
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Why don't American cities have more public bathrooms?

Dec 1, 2021
Writer Elizabeth Yuko explains why Americans use toilets in private businesses instead of those maintained by the government.
"9/11 really was the final nail in the coffin for a lot of the remaining public restrooms and a lot have been closed since," says Elizabeth Yuko, a contributing writer for Bloomberg CityLab.
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His life as a Chicago musician is starting to feel normal again

Nov 18, 2021
After more than a year and a half of working online, Seth Shulman is teaching lessons in person and back to a more regular show schedule.
People listen to music at a September festival in Brooklyn, New York.
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The holidays are a good time to be in the baklava business

Nov 15, 2021
Rita Magalde, owner of Sheer Ambrosia, is shifting to working full time on making and selling her confections ahead of the holidays.
“It’s going to be a long two months," said Rita Magalde about what's likely to be a hectic holiday season for her bakery, Sheer Ambrosia.
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