Jun 17, 2013

5 facts about Iran

In something of a surprise, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran last week, winning 50.71% of the vote in the first round. Within the context of Iran’s political system, dominated as it is by conservative clergy, Rouhani is generally considered relatively centrist and pragmatic. What sort of country will Rouhani inherit when he’s inaugurated […]

Jun 14, 2013

Chart of the Week: The landscape of food assistance

A chart based on American Community Survey data shows how unevenly food stamp recipients are distributed across the country.

Jun 14, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres is the most visible gay or lesbian public figure in America

More than anyone else, Ellen DeGeneres is the face of LGBT America. Still. That’s the verdict of two new Pew Research Center surveys, one of the general U.S. population and the other of LGBT Americans specifically. Not only was the comedian and television host by far the most frequently cited example of a gay or […]

Jun 12, 2013

The “been down so long it looks like up” economy

Fewer than one in five Americans rate the U.S. economy as “excellent” or “good”

Jun 11, 2013

5 facts about fathers

The Census Bureau estimates that last year there were about 189,000 stay-at-home dads, defined as married fathers with children younger than 15 who stayed out of the labor force for at least one year primarily to care for the family while their wife works outside the home. Those dads cared for an estimated 369,000 children. Fathers […]

Jun 10, 2013

Shop online? Many teens do it, but more prefer the store

American teens have long been the country’s most-wired age group. But contrary to the stereotype of hyper-connected teens, they say some things are better done in person.

Jun 7, 2013

Employment vs. unemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.

Jun 7, 2013

Chart of the Week: Newspaper circulation around the world

Journalists and print loyalists who are dejected about the state of the U.S. newspaper business may be comforted — or perhaps made a bit envious — by the knowledge that in at least some other countries, newspaper circulation continues to rise smartly. The chart below, from The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog, uses data from the World Press […]

Jun 7, 2013

World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think

There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, making Islam the second-largest religion.

Jun 6, 2013

Most Americans say global warming is real, but opinions split on why

Nearly seven in 10 Americans agree that there’s solid evidence the earth’s average temperature has been rising over the past few decades.