After Great Recession, Some Cities Booming, Others Struggling
Ten years after the start of the so-called Great Recession, the overall U.S. economy has rebounded, but a new report shows recovery has not been even across country. While the unemployment rate is at a record low, and household income is back to its peak from 1999, parts of the country have not seen growth, […]
Americans See Automation in Negative Light
Americans are increasingly leery about how certain technologies will affect their lives, according to a new report. The Pew Research Center surveyed Americans about their attitudes toward four areas of technology: workplace automation, driverless cars, robot caregivers, and computer algorithms that evaluate and hire job applicants. The study found that nearly three out of four […]
Cable TV Cord-Cutting Trend Is Picking Up Steam
For decades, most Americans got their television service from cable, but as with many other aspects of life, the Internet is changing that very rapidly as Americans “cut the cord” from their cable providers, opting instead for streaming services. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 61 percent of young, so called millennial Americans […]
Tiny Homes, Lasting Trend or Passing Fad?
If you watch American movies or television shows, you might think most Americans live in what are often referred to as McMansions, a term for large suburban homes that are often similar looking. For a long time, bigger was indeed better. A big house was a symbol of success. However, there has been another trend […]
America’s Labor Day Bells Will Honor Rosie the Riveter
As Americans mark Labor Day on Sept. 4, one group hopes to shed light on women, commonly referred to as Rosie the Riveter, who worked manual labor jobs to support the troops during World War II. To honor the millions of riveters, most of whom are in their 80s, Thanks! Plain & Simple, Inc. (Thanks!), […]
Where Does Hurricane Harvey Stand Among Bad Storms?
Hurricane Harvey continues to pound East Texas, and while the damage appears to be widespread, there have been surprisingly few deaths so far. The death toll stands at five now and is likely to climb as authorities are able to access all areas once the storm passes. Harvey may turn out to be one of […]
Once Banned, Lotteries are Big Money for States
The Powerball jackpot is up to $700 million, the second highest it has ever been, and late Wednesday millions of Americans will be tuning in to the televised drawing to see if they have the lucky numbers. But legalized lotteries are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. Early colonists operated lotteries, and Roger […]
Survey: Most Americans View Openness to Foreigners as ‘Essential’
Immigration is an important topic in the United States, with a new poll showing that most Americans are open to foreigners. “The belief that openness to people from around the world is essential is widely shared across most demographic groups,” the Pew Research Center said in an online post. “However, Democrats and younger people are […]
What take-out food reveals about US history
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 […]
Trump Says American Dream Is Dead, Is He Right?
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 […]