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Science May Be Able to Bring Back the Wooly Mammoth - but Should We?

The following excerpt is from the book Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species, by Ursula K. Heise (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Reprinted with permission.

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How a Crisis of Hope Has Shifted From 'The Grapes of Wrath' to Progressivism

The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book We: Reviving Social Hope by Ronald Aronson (University of Chicago Press, April 2017): 

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Homeless and Unemployed in an Economy We're Supposed to Think Is Liberating

The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today by Ilana Gershon (University of Chicago Press, April 2017):

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Has Obama Ushered in the Most Racially Divided Period in Recent History?

The following is an excerpt from the new book Post-Racial or Most-Racial? by Michael Tesler (University of Chicago Press, 2016): 

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How to Spread the World's Wealth Beyond Corrupt Elites

The following is an excerpt from the new book  The Political Origins of Inequality  by Simon Reid-Henry (University of Chicago Press, 2015): 

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How Much Money Does the 1% Have Hidden in Tax Havens?

The following is an excerpt from the new book The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens by Gabriel Zucman (University of Chicago Press, 2015):

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How the 'Culture Wars' Swallowed Up American Political and Intellectual Life for Two Decades

The following is an excerpt from the new book  A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars  by Andrew Hartman (University of Chicago Press, 2015):

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How Fast Food Targets You: The Secret Science Behind McDonald’s, Snickers and Fritos

Reprinted with permission from Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire by Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor, published by the University of Chicago Press. © 2014 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. This excerpt first appeared on Salon.

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The Creepy, Intrusive Ways You're Being Spied on at Work

The following is an excerpt from SuperVision: An Introduction to the Surveillance Society (University of Chicago Press, 2012), by John Gilliom and Torin Monahan. Click here to buy a copy of the book. 

It was the moment Anna had been dreading. Ever since a coworker logged in to Anna’s computer and sent the boss an e-mail saying, “I’m now in the office,” she’d known it might come back to bite her. And it did. Here she was, standing in front of him, tears welling, trying to explain that she didn’t tell her coworker to lie about what time she arrived. The boss didn’t care, and he certainly didn’t believe her. After all, his computer system had discovered the “fact” of the erroneous e-mail, and he was pleased with himself for unearthing a contradiction in Anna’s record.

Because she typically got to the office at 6:00 a.m., well before any of the managers, Anna was supposed to send the boss an e-mail, and its time stamp would serve as a clock-in time. Her coworker thought she was doing her a favor by clocking her in when she was late for work. But the boss was suspicious—and maybe had way too much time on is hands. So he logged in to the electronic system for the building’s parking garage, pulled up the time she swiped her parking card, and compared that with the time posted on the e-mail. Discrepancy discovered! The e-mail was sent forty-five minutes before Anna’s car entered the garage.

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