How Every Generation of the Last Century Got Its Nickname

by Josh Sanburn from Time.com Coining a nickname for an entire generation has become something of a pastime for academics, journalists and marketers. This week, the cable network MTV joined the generational name game when it announced it had its own moniker for the millions of kids coming after millennials: the Founders. The idea that the…

A Quick Wit and a Silver Tongue

by  NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard Speedy thinking can get you out of sticky situations, help you win political debates, and perhaps even score you points on the social scene. Being able to process information faster than others has some other social benefits, too, according to a recent report: Quick thinkers, it turns out, are also…

The Vicious Cycle of Cops Behaving Badly

by JULIE MORSE from Pacific Standard Cops act badly. The public loses confidence in cops. Cops behave worse. The public’s trust in cops drops to an all-time low. It’s a dangerous, vicious cycle. With the recent surge in media coverage of unarmed black men being gunned down by police officers, America’s faith in police officers is…

Here’s What Americans Think About the Environment

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard Climate change politics are pretty simple, some would have us believe: There are those who think we have to do something about climate change, those who think we don’t, and those who doubt it’s even happening. But, a new study finds, it’s not that simple—in fact, politics, religion, and nature itself converge…

How to Get Americans Eating Healthier Foods

by  FRANCIE DIEP from Pacific Standard While most Americans eat unhealthy foods, it’s those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder whose diets often fare the worst. Past research shows that poorer American families tend to eat more unhealthy foods, and that the disparity between how healthfully rich and poor Americans eat has only widened over the…