The Friday Five: Checking our Vital Signs

How are you feeling? For some, health is a state of mind, for others it’s the absence of disease and for others still, it’s just about feeling normal.  This week on The Friday Five, we check the health status of various groups and institutions through our top stories from the week: Obesity is considered a […]

Making Peace With the Chain Stores

If I were to pick one song that most defined my personality and my life story, it would be Talking Heads’ “(Nothing But) Flowers.”  It isn’t what I would call my “favorite song” (that would be a tie between The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” and the Heads’ own “This Must Be the Place”), but “Flowers” […]

The Friday Five: Seeing Things Differently

This week, we joined the rest of the nation in reflecting on the Trayvon Martin case and the verdict issued on Saturday evening.  Among other things, the case has raised questions about how our perceptions are shaped, as well as the consequences of those perceptions.  This week’s five tries to take a deeper look into […]

Boy/Girl: A hard (science) distinction

I had an interesting conversation with my doctor a few weeks ago.  Upon learning I was studying to take my comprehensive exam in “gender”, she shared her hesitance with the way in which sociologists discuss sex and gender as socially constructed categories.  Laughing, she proclaimed, “I’m just too much of a hard sciences person for […]

The Friday Five: What are you saying?

Whether with words, numbers, symbols or gestures, we’re always saying something.  This week’s list digs into the background hum of conversation to illuminate several interesting stories.  What’s all the chatter about?  You’ll have to check it out for yourself! James Searl, lead singer of roots reggae band, “Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad,” ruminates about the […]

Friday Five: A Time for Reflection

We hope everyone had a celebratory 4th of July yesterday!  Independence day often means grilling out with friends and family, enjoying fireworks and perhaps eating a lot of Nathan’s hot dogs if you happen to be in Coney Island.  It’s also a time for reflecting back on America’s last 237 years.  With this sense of […]