Author: <span class="vcard">Joseph Gedeon</span>

Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, has lost its frenetic edge as holiday sales promotions creep into Thanksgiving, and some stores plan to open on Thanksgiving Day....
Joseph Gedeon, John Harrington
Names are meant to describe and distinguish one thing from another. Whether that’s a sign of creativity or simplicity, names have captivated people from their beginnings. So when settlers came to...
Grant Suneson, Joseph Gedeon
We are still two weeks away from Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for the bounty that nature has provided us. But before that holiday, on Veterans Day, the nation will give thanks and show its...
John Harrington, Joseph Gedeon
Dogs may be our best friend, but cats are vying for the title as well. Cats are the second most common pet in the U.S., despite their somewhat unsociable behavior and cool demeanor. They undoubtedly...
Cheyenne Buckingham, Joseph Gedeon
Source: ThinkstockInterest in the national parks of the United States is growing. The number of visitors who came to national parks in 2016 was 331 million, exceeding the total population of the...
Joseph Gedeon, John Harrington
Source: Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesOctober’s massacre in Las Vegas represents the latest in a string of mass shootings that have killed hundreds across the country over the last two decades. Between...
Michael B. Sauter, Grant Suneson, John Harrington, Joseph Gedeon
Across America, states and regions differ in terms of their cultures, foods and accents. But one of the biggest distinguishing features is how religion impacts the people of each place. While...
Grant Suneson, Joseph Gedeon
Relatively few civilizations are the original residents of the regions they inhabit — the result of colonization and struggles over land and resources. The world’s indigenous peoples are...
Thomas C. Frohlich, Joseph Gedeon
Americans are patriots. As Americans, we are not just proud of our nation, but often also of our state and the city in which we live. Still, residents of cities nationwide don’t always take as...
Joseph Gedeon, Cheyenne Buckingham
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s Juliet asked that rhetorical question more than 500 years ago. This question still rings true today in 21st century America. Names tell a story...
Joseph Gedeon
Evangelicals are America’s most powerful religious affiliation. As a group, white evangelicals form one-fifth of all registered voters in the United States and make up one-third of all voters who...
Joseph Gedeon
In a report card assessing the nation’s infrastructure issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, transit in the United States received a grade of D-. Despite increasing demand, much of the...
Evan Comen, Joseph Gedeon
Interest in national parks has been soaring in recent years. In fact, total visits to U.S. national parks exceeded the population of the nation in 2016 alone. Exploring the wilderness, hiking through...
Joseph Gedeon, John Harrington, Cheyenne Buckingham
When compared to humans, dogs do not nearly get as much time in this world as we do, and a full life doesn’t necessarily have to be a long one — something dog lovers understand. But there...
Joseph Gedeon
In an era of fast fashion, fast food and fast internet, the old ways of doing business just don’t cut it. As more consumers shift to online shopping and business at many brick-and-mortar retailers...
Joseph Gedeon, John Harrington