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Defining the ’90s Music Canon

Which songs will future generations use to characterize the decade?

What’s Left of Generation X

To be Gen X was to be disaffected from the consumer norms of the 1980s, but to be pessimistic about any chance for social transformation.

Are White Evangelicals Sacrificing The Future In Search Of The Past?

The religious profile of young adults today differs dramatically from that of older Americans.
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The “Dazed and Confused” Generation

People my age are described as baby boomers, but our experiences call for a different label altogether.
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Yearning for Roots

We're born with a hunger for connection with our ancestors – both biological and spiritual.
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What AHA President James Sweet Got Wrong—And Right

Attacking presentism as a mindset of younger scholars doesn’t solve any of the historical profession's problems.
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The Oldest Government In History

America’s gerontocracy is disconnecting Congress from the rest of the country.
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America’s Generation Gap on Ukraine

A decade or two ago, opposing NATO expansion to Ukraine was a position espoused by pillars of the American establishment. What happened?
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It’s Time to Stop Talking About “Generations”

From boomers to zoomers, the concept gets social history all wrong.
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What Will Happen to My Music Library When Spotify Dies?

If your entire collection is on a streaming service, good luck accessing it in 10 or 20 years.
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The Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote

What the youngest cohort of American voters thinks about politics, fear and the potential of the country they’ve grown up in.
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The Way of John Lewis

Cynthia Tucker shares her hope that a new generation of activists can learn from Lewis' courageous and peaceful fight for “beloved community.”

Dead Kennedys in the West: The Politicized Punks of 1970s San Francisco

The new punk generation made the hippies look past their prime.

The Misconception About Baby Boomers and the Sixties

Other than being alive during the 1960s, the baby boomers had almost nothing to do with the era's social and political upheaval.

The Contradictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The Supreme Court justice may have been heralded by many of his progressive peers, but the legacy he left behind is far more ambiguous.

Haunted by the Reagan Era

Past defeats still scare older Democratic leaders — but not the younger generation.
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A Data-Led Theory to Generationally Divided Dance Floors

Some age groups are more likely to recognize certain songs than others.

Does Journalism Have a Future?

In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face.

What Makes ‘The Living Dead’ My Film of 1968

In so many ways, George Romero's lo-budget horror film defined the year 1968.

My Fellow Prisoners

The grand lesson of John McCain's life should be that heroic politics is a broken politics.