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Wash U Sociologist's New Book Explores How Women Navigate Work And Family In US, Elsewhere

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St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talks with Caitlyn Collins, author of "Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving."

Why it feels like wages aren't outpacing inflation, even though they are

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Steven Fazzari in the Politifact on wages and inflation.

How Kamala Harris’ immigrant parents shaped her life — and her political outlook

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In the Mercury News, Steven Fazzari reflects on the economic lectures delivered by Harris' father when he was a student at Stanford University.

UNC officials condemn old yearbook photos of students in Klan robes, blackface

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David Cunningham, author of "Klansville U.S.A." on the Ku Klux Klan on WRAL.com

The Real Mommy War Is Against the State

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In this New York Times op-ed, Caitlyn Collins encourages mothers to stop blaming themselves and instead blame the lack of social supports to support working mothers.

How Organizations Are Failing Black Workers — and How to Do Better

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Adia Harvey Wingfield writes for the Harvard Business Review about how organizations are failing Black workers and how to do better.

Roxana grad returns to St. Louis to raise millions to boost area schools

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“The fragmented nature of the region presents particular challenges to educational reform, especially if that reform is interested in lessening inequality,” said Odis Johnson Jr., an associate professor in Washington University’s sociology and education departments and director of its education graduate studies program. He welcomed the idea of one website that would offer students the full range of their options to make informed choices, but he said he’s curious how the organization will engage existing schools.

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting

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Raising children has become significantly more time-consuming and expensive, amid a sense that opportunity has grown more elusive.

The Return of the Strike

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"Nor is Washington University’s Rosenfeld ready to declare a substantial reversal in the downward trend in strikes. But he can envision something of an increase. “We know that successful strikes breed other strikes,” Rosenfeld says. “When the only models around end in disaster, other unions and workers are going to watch and think, ‘We’re not taking that chance.’ But when, say, teachers in Oklahoma see their West Virginia colleagues walking out and winning substantial pay increases, there is a contagion effect. They start to believe, ‘Hey, we can do that, too.’”

Who are the “Illegals”? The Social Construction of Illegality in the United States

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Immigration scholars have increasingly questioned the idea that “illegality” is a fixed, inherent condition. Instead, the new consensus is that immigration laws produce “illegality.” But can “illegality” be socially constructed?

White Americans see many immigrants as ‘illegal’ until proven otherwise, survey finds

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In the eyes of many white Americans, just knowing an immigrant’s national origin is enough to believe they are probably undocumented, said Ariela Schachter, study co-author and assistant professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Johnson on the Role of Race in Missouri Politics

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Antonio French, publisher of Northsider and Odis Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology at WashU, join Katy to discuss what has changed since 2014, and what hasn't.