What Americans Don’t Understand About Trigger Warnings

By Jared Keller from Pacific Standard If you’re planning on attending classes at the University of Chicago this fall, the school has a message for you: Keep your feelings to yourself. That’s the gist of a welcome offered to university freshmen last week by University of Chicago Dean of Students John Ellison, who bit his…

Don’t Blame A ‘Skills Gap’ For Lack Of Hiring In Manufacturing

By Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight U.S. factories are hiring again. Or they’re trying to, anyway. Manufacturers posted 379,000 job openings in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. That’s up more than 280 percent — close to quadruple — since the recession ended more than seven years ago. When it comes to actually filling…

Cost-of-living disparities within states complicate minimum-wage debate

BY DREW DESILVER from Fact Tank In the biggest victories to date for the national “Fight for $15” movement, California andNew York have passed legislation raising their state minimum wage to $15 an hour (though both will phase in the increase over several years). Supporters of a higher minimum wage hope the California and New York wins will give…

Congress Is Working—You Just Haven’t Heard About It

By Marci Harris from Pacific Standard The conventions have wrapped and peak campaign season is upon us. Candidates at all levels are now traversing states and districts aiming to connect and convince. From right to left, blue to red, the list of grievances and solutions will vary, but one common thread will run through them…

The stunning geographic divide in American creativity

By Christopher Ingraham from The Washington Post Urbanist Richard Florida popularized the term “creative class,” describing the millions of workers in fields such as the arts, sciences and technology whose work largely involves coming up with new ideas and innovating on old ones. The creative class has, for better or worse, primarily been associated with big American…