Gun Ownership Rates Tied to Domestic Homicides

Gun Ownership Rates Tied to Domestic Homicides July 22, 2019 Sarah Mervosh, NY Times A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined firearm ownership on a state-by-state level from 1990 to 2016. It found that states with the highest rate of firearm ownership had a 65 percent higher rate of domestic … Read more

The Tampon Tax 

The Tampon Tax July 12, 2019 Karen Zraick, NY Times Why are tampons taxed when Viagra isn’t? That’s the question at the heart of efforts to repeal the so-called ‘tampon tax’, a sales tax now levied on menstrual products in 35 states. Twenty-two states considered eliminating the tampon tax this year. Opponents argue that menstrual … Read more

The Swelling Wealth Gap in America

The Swelling Wealth Gap in America June 24, 2019 Patricia Cohen, NY Times A recent analysis of a Federal Reserve report found that over the last three decades, the wealthiest one percent of Americans saw their net worth grow by $21 trillion, while the wealth of the bottom 50 percent fell by $900 billion. Imposing … Read more

As World Makes Gains Against Child Marriage, Nepal Struggles to Catch Up

As World Makes Gains Against Child Marriage, Nepal Struggles to Catch Up June 6, 2019 Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz, NY Times In many parts of the world, the battle against child marriage is being won, with global rates dropping significantly over the last decade, largely because of progress in South Asia. But the story … Read more

Sperm Bank Errors

Sperm Bank Errors June 4, 2019 Jacqueline Mroz, NY Times While there are no annual statistics on the number of US children born through artificial insemination, many experts have estimated the number may be as high as 60,000… and no one tracks the number of people who find that the sperm they purchased is not … Read more

New York Mulls Ending Ban on Paid Surrogacy Contracts

New York Mulls Ending Ban on Paid Surrogacy Contracts May 29, 2019 The Associated Press, NY Times New York’s Legislature could soon repeal one of the nation’s last bans on paid surrogacy contracts, in which a woman is compensated for carrying the child of another person or couple. New York and Michigan are now the … Read more

People See More Diversity and Gender Equality

People See More Diversity and Gender Equality April 22, 2019 Sintia Radu, International Affairs, U.S. News & World Report According to a survey of 30,133 people in 27 countries conducted in the spring of 2018 by the Pew Research Center, people around the world generally say their country is more diverse and has greater gender … Read more

Human Contact Is Becoming a Luxury

Human Contact Is Becoming a Luxury March 23, 2019 Nellie Bowles, NY Times Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens. Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a … Read more