How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the U.S.

By: - May 1, 2022

By Laura E. Alexander, Jane Hong, Karen Hooge Michalka and Luis A. Romero In the weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians have fled the country as refugees. Hundreds of those refugees have now arrived at the southern border of the United States seeking asylum, after flying to Mexico on tourist visas. At the […]


No, actually, book bans don’t sell books | Opinion

By: - April 23, 2022

By Andrew Karre “Bans sell books.” You don’t have to go far online to find that bit of conventional wisdom. For example, today my delightfully bookish Twitter feed showed me Upton Sinclair’s thoughts on the matter from 1927. And in my two decades in book publishing, I’ve repeated variations on the theme many times. “Bans […]


Sacred hares, banished winter witches and pagan worship – the roots of Easter Bunny traditions are ancient

By: - April 17, 2022

By Tok Thompson The Easter Bunny is a much celebrated character in American Easter celebrations. On Easter Sunday, children look for hidden special treats, often chocolate Easter eggs, that the Easter Bunny might have left behind. As a folklorist, I’m aware of the origins of the long and interesting journey this mythical figure has taken […]


The Butchers of Bucha will never face justice. That’s the lesson of history | Opinion

By: - April 16, 2022

By Karl Qualls Don’t be fooled by the righteous indignation of politicians decrying the slaughter of civilians in Ukraine. They pledge greater sanctions and diplomatic aid, and they even promise war crimes trials. But there will be no justice. Evidence is being collected and a series of trials will likely take place, but what we […]


Why the Fed can’t stop prices from going up anytime soon – but may have more luck over the long term

By: - March 20, 2022

By Jeffery S. Bredthauer The Federal Reserve has begun its most challenging inflation-fighting campaign in four decades. And a lot is at stake for consumers, companies and the U.S. economy. On March 16, 2022, the Fed raised its target interest rate by a quarter point – to a range of 0.25% to 0.5% – the […]


MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement fails to address players’ biggest grievances

By: - March 13, 2022

 By Victor Matheson “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball,” second baseman Rogers Hornsby once said. “I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” For a while, it was looking like the start of spring would come and go without any baseball on […]


America’s cost of ‘defending freedom’ in Ukraine: Higher food and gas prices and an increased risk of recession

By: - February 26, 2022

By William Hauk Americans may be tempted to view the war in Ukraine as an unfortunate, but far away, crisis. As an economist, I know the world is too connected for the U.S. to go unaffected. On Feb. 22, 2022, President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian invasion of Ukraine – and U.S. efforts […]


Where are all the substitute teachers?

By: - January 30, 2022

By Suzanne McLeod and Lawrence Dake As a result of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, many school districts across the country are finding themselves short of teachers, who are quitting, getting sick or even dying. Some schools have even called on parents to step in to provide adult supervision in classrooms. In New Mexico, […]


Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives

By: - January 23, 2022

By Randy Olson Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in November […]


How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By: - January 17, 2022

By Anthony Siracusa On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although not the first civil rights bill passed by Congress, it was the most comprehensive. King called the law’s passage “a great moment … something like […]


Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities

By: - January 16, 2022

By Jacob Orchard The fastest rate of inflation in 40 years is hurting families across the U.S. who are seeing ever-higher prices for everything from meat and potatoes to housing and gasoline. But behind the headline number that’s been widely reported is something that often gets overlooked: Inflation affects different households in different ways – […]


Lurking behind lackluster jobs gain are a stagnating labor market and the threat of omicron

By: - January 9, 2022

By Christopher Decker The first U.S. jobs report of 2022 showed continued – if lackluster – growth. But perhaps of greater significance for the economic year ahead are two factors that lurked behind the headline unemployment rate: a stagnating labor pool and the impact of omicron. First, the good news. The economy did add jobs […]