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A Ranger Looks Back on 50 Years at Glacier National Park

July 10, 2016 This year marks the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The NPS manages 412 areas covering more than 84 million acres in the U.S., and has roughly 22,000 employees—along with over 200,000 volunteers—maintaining its 412 sites and assisting those who visit them. Bob Schuster has been a ranger at Montana’s Glacier...

The Most Career-Minded Generation

April 28, 2016 According to admissions departments’ informational pamphlets, the primary reason for attending college is rather noble: Campus is a place to discover one’s interests and strengths, a place for both personal and intellectual development. But in recent years, another narrative has taken hold—that what matters is return on investment. In other...

Elizabeth Warren's Bill Aims to Make Taxes Less Awful

April 19, 2016 Monday was tax day, and like every tax season, Americans have collectively spent billions of dollars and millions of hours preparing their taxes for federal and state governments. But in the future, there’s a chance that thing could look different for a large number of American taxpayers: Last week, Senator...

If You Want to Move Up, Maybe You Should Get a White Male Boss

April 10, 2016 Several of my female friends working in various industries have recently expressed a similar disheartening sentiment: “It’s not that I prefer male bosses, but they’re the only ones who give me opportunities and successfully fight for me.” The first time I heard this, I was outraged, but soon I started...

How Should the Government Fix the Social Security System?

April 5, 2016 A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring their complexity. Social Security, the intergenerational transfer of wealth that’s supposed to prevent poverty among the elderly, turns 81 this year. And it’s not in...

Why Is Utah the First State to Have a White-Collar Crime Registry?

March 30, 2016 On Monday, Utah became the first state in the U.S. to have an online registry for white-collar crime offenders. The registry, which was approved by Utah legislature last year, will include a recent photo of criminals convicted of second-degree felonies involving fraud in the last 10 years in Utah, similar...

When Résumés Are Made ‘Whiter’ to Please Potential Employers

March 23, 2016 For some time now, business-school professors and HR professionals have touted the virtues of diversity in the workplace, encouraging companies and their executives to take action. The typical rationales range from moral arguments—that it’s simply the right thing to do—to more practical motivations, such as covering companies’ blind spots by...

What Makes People So Frustrated About Their Paychecks?

February 24, 2016 There’s a story that illustrates the near-universal response to pay inequality—frustration—and it involves monkeys and grapes. It comes from the research of the primatologists Sarah Brosnan and Frans de Waal. Brosnan and de Waal were running an experiment involving two capuchin monkeys, in which both were instructed to perform a...

Oregon's Smart Approach to a Minimum Wage

February 23, 2016 Last week, Oregon’s house of representatives passed a bill that would make the state’s minimum wage one of the highest in the country. While the bill still needs the approval of Oregon Governor Kate Brown for the bill to pass, Brown has already said that she intends to sign the...

The Diversity Advantage

February 16, 2016 The tech company Slack recently made headlines when its CEO sent four African American women to accept an award on his behalf. This was a radical move in the tech sector, which is as a whole decidedly male. While other industries’ lack of gender diversity may be less glaring, it’s...