July 15, 2010 |
The economic effects of the Great Recession have been easy to see: a stock market crash, a sickening drop in home values and household wealth, and the throbbing pain of persistent unemployment. But a deep recession does more than economic damage. When short-term unemployment turns into long-term unemployment, as it has in this recession to a level unseen since the 1930s, rates of depression (the psychiatric kind) increase, anxiety rises and behavior changes in ways both expected and unexpected.
October 17, 2010 |
The most rapidly growing religious category today is composed of those Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. While middle-aged and older Americans continue to embrace organized religion, rapidly increasing numbers of young people are rejecting it. As recently as 1990, all but 7% of Americans claimed a religious affiliation, a figure that had held constant for decades. Today, 17% of Americans say they have no religion, and these new "nones" are very heavily concentrated among Americans who have come of age since 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 |
What makes one soldier stay and fight on a battlefield and another desert and flee? That question intrigued Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn, a wife-and-husband research team of UCLA economists who dug into the details of 41,000 Civil War soldiers' lives for an unusual look at the social forces shaping human behavior during conflict. The result is their book "Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2003 |
Forget about "bowling alone" -- a phrase that reflects political scientist Robert D. Putnam's observation that you can measure America's weakening sense of community by the decline in bowling leagues. In Costa Mesa, you can't bowl at all. The city's last bowling alley -- the landmark Kona Lanes, sporting a neon Tiki marquee outside and 40 wood-floor alleys inside -- quietly closed after 45 years of strikes, spares and splits.
January 16, 2003 |
Ever yearn to meet up with folks who share a single, powerful passion? It might be "Xena: Warrior Princess," knitting, ferrets, the French language, jewelry making, the video-game Ultima, motherhood, live journals or any one of more than 700 different interests. Enter Meetup, a free Internet-based service that organizes local gatherings about anything for anybody in any city in any country.
January 20, 1996 |
The White House hope was that President Clinton would stride to the podium for his State of the Union Address on Tuesday with a fresh victory on a budget deal, providing a big reason for voters to give him a second term.