All posts by Dora Mekouar

What take-out food reveals about US history

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 12:54 pm (UTC-4)
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From fast-food restaurants to pizza delivery, the history of take-out food can tell us plenty about American history because what we eat and how we eat it, often reflects the changes taking place in society at any particular time. “You can learn a lot from food,” says Emelyn Rude, a food historian and author of Tastes […]

When Can Older Americans Expect to Retire? Maybe Never

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 3:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Both of the leading presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, 68, and Donald Trump, 69, are pushing 70, an age when most Americans traditionally contemplate retirement, rather than seek one of the world’s most stressful and demanding jobs. But Clinton and Trump could be on to something. More than half of older Americans are expected to keep […]

Move Over Millennials, Here Comes iGeneration

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 3:11 pm (UTC-4)
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There’s been a lot of talk recently about millennials overtaking baby boomers to become the largest living generation. Millennials — people born between 1981 to 1997 — are the best educated and most diverse generation to date. They might also be a bridge to the future. “The millennials are a transition between a white America into […]

Goodbye Ketchup, Hello Sriracha! How Immigrants Transform US Cuisine

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 8:34 am (UTC-4)
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Ketchup, a tangy tomato sauce that Americans put on hamburgers and dip French fries into, has long been America’s favorite condiment, but an upstart with Asian roots is beginning to make inroads. Sriracha, a hot sauce usually made from chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt, probably originated in Thailand, but is increasingly showing up […]

What Your First Name Reveals About Who You Vote For

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)
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People named Chad are more likely to be Republicans and those named Bobby, Betty and Curtis tend to support Donald Trump for president. The Jonathans are usually Democrats and people named Juan, Liz or Mohammad are more likely to lean toward Hillary Clinton. That’s the finding of a project put together by Verdant Labs, which […]

US Millennials Beat Baby Boomers as Largest Living Generation

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 12:47 pm (UTC-4)
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The long reign of the baby boomers is over. The millennial generation is now the United States’ largest living generation, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are now 75.4 million millennials—people born during the period from 1981 and 1997—who were between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015. They edged past […]

Want to Reach US Hispanics? Try Texting Them

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 3:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States is the nation’s Latino population. Fifty-eight percent — nearly 6-in-10 — of U.S. Hispanics are millennials (approximately ages 18-33) or younger, according to the Pew Research Center. By comparison, half of the black population, and 46 percent of the Asian population, are in that […]

Trump Says American Dream Is Dead, Is He Right?

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 1:51 pm (UTC-4)
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Donald Trump has famously declared that the American Dream is dead, but the majority of middle class Americans seem to disagree with the Republican presidential frontrunner. Sixty-three percent of people surveyed earlier this year believe they are living the American Dream. That finding suggests American optimism hasn’t been a casualty of the recession, despite a report that […]

Why US Isn’t Losing As Many Jobs to China

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Sending American jobs overseas is a hot topic this presidential election year, with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton promising to get tough on companies that offshore U.S. jobs and Republican lead candidate Donald Trump vowing to boycott Oreos after the cookie’s manufacturer moved some of its production to Mexico. The truth is, however, for the second […]