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Tracing the history of the census, at a time when 2020 operations are suspended

The 2020 census was planning to deploy up to 500,000 census takers to follow up with households that didn't respond online or by mail.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it has suspended census field operations for now over concerns of the census workers and their public interactions amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
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The legacy of the crossword puzzle in times of crisis

Mar 24, 2020
Through wars, recessions and possibly even today’s pandemic, crossword puzzles serve as an escape from hard times.
KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images
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How Samsung became one of the world's biggest tech companies

Mar 17, 2020
The South Korean company went from selling groceries in the 1930s to a market leader in technology across the globe.
A Samsung flag flying in South Korea in 2017.
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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What lunch shaming tells us about how we think about poor people

Mar 10, 2020
The way we talk about poverty and the the people living in it could be getting in the way of solving inequality. One example? Lunch shaming.
Cafeteria workers prepare lunches for school children at the Normandie Avenue Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Image
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"Women's Work," the book that wants to show all work is women's work

Mar 4, 2020
From miners to CEO's, photographer Chris Crisman collected images and essays from 60 women working a variety of jobs across the country.
Sophi Davis, a rancher and marketer based in Montana, is featured in Chris Crisman's book, "Women's Work."
Chris Crisman
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Could we be doing more to help people on parole?

A former New Orleans parole officer reflects on what could be done better to help parolees stay out of jail and build new lives.
A truck is parked in front of a home in the historic Fauborg Marigny neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mario Tama/Getty Image
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How George Washington would respond to today's national debt

Feb 17, 2020
The first president warned the country against accumulating national debt. Today the U.S. owes over $23 trillion.
George Washington has appeared on the one dollar bill since 1869.
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What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
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Is your email etiquette up to snuff?

Jan 7, 2020
We talked to a digital etiquette expert.
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