Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

In a new book, Drug Dealer, MD, Stanford Psychiatrist Anna Lembke argues we should view this crisis is as the merger of “Big Pharma” with big medicine.

By Anna Lembke & Terry Gross | Vol. 78

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America’s Workforce Runs on Uppers

Bielamowicz’s piece historicize the rise of Adderall by recognizing the degree to which America’s workforce has often “run on amphetamines.”

By Kate Bielamowicz | Vol. 68

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Generation Adderall

Schwartz chronicles her own dependence on Adderall, which began during her second year of college and persisted throughout her 20s.

By Generation Adderall | Vol. 68

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Risky alone, deadly together

In this central California town, accidental overdoses among white women have tripled, and suicides have doubled, since 1999.

By Kimberly Kindy & Dan Keating | Vol. 61

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State mental hospitals were closed to give people with mental illness greater freedom...

From 2013 to 2015, one-third of community mental health providers in Massachusetts reported closings. The Globe reports on why.

By Spotlight | Vol. 61

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Notes from Camp

Ira Glass and Julie Snyder survey the phenomenon of summer camp, in all its weirdness and wonder.

By This American Life | Vol. 52

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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Have we reached the era of “peak car”? What does the future of urban transportation hold?

By Stephen Moss | Vol. 45

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

Humes explores the hidden costs—economic, environmental, and human—of Americans’ dependence on cars.

By Edward Humes | Vol. 44

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Driverless cars are the future. We’re living in the motorised middle ages.

Belam calls the modern traffic jam “awful and primitive”—not to mention inefficient. Is a driverless revolution inevitable?

By Martin Belam | Vol. 44

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Can Wall Street Solve the Water Crisis in the West?

The American West’s water supply is struggling to keep up population growth. Wall Street has a plan—but is it a good one?

By Abrahm Lustgarten | Vol. 35

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