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The New Retirement: No Retirement?

May 14th, 2013

Back when baby boomers were young—and sex, drugs, and rock and roll were at their height—many commentators questioned what this feckless generation of do-nothings boded for the future of the country. Who was going to run the government, engage in…

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The Origins of Monitoring the Future

May 14th, 2013

On a grey day in 1974, three researchers left the Carnegie Corporation’s imposing building on Madison Avenue in New York City in a low mood. Jerald Bachman, 38, Lloyd Johnston, 34, and Robert Kahn, 56, all from the University of…

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ISR in the Community: Adopting Darren

May 14th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant Darren Kreps holds up a small flowered purse stuffed with coins. “Mama! Too heavy!” he shouts. Then, round face intent, he tosses the purse into the air. When it hits the ground with an explosion of coins,…

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ISR and the Truman/Dewey upset

April 18th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant The two questions were tacked on at the last minute to a Survey Research Center (SRC) survey on foreign policy: “In the presidential elections next month, are you almost certain to vote, uncertain, or won’t you vote?”…

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Hidden costs of war: Middle East violence and its effect on children

April 18th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant Wars have obvious victims. The dead, the injured. Those left behind. But there is another class of victims that often goes unnoticed: children.

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ISR in the Community: En Nuestra Lengua

April 18th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant   José Benkí and Teresa Satterfield speak Spanish at home with their two boys. They read books in Spanish, fix dinner in Spanish, and play games in Spanish. But when Angel goes to preschool, and Felix goes…

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Revealing the roots of a riot

April 1st, 2011

By Susan Rosegrant   In July 1967, an early morning police raid of an unlicensed bar—or blind pig—on 12th Street in Detroit set off looting, fires, and shooting that soon escalated out of control. By the time the civil disturbance…

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Fifty years of change in population studies

March 30th, 2011

By Susan Rosegrant Fifty years ago, when the ISR Population Studies Center was founded, the burning issues in population studies looked starkly different from today. Rising birth rates—coupled with increased longevity—were raising widespread fears that the world’s resources would be…

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Building for the Future

September 8th, 2010

By Susan Rosegrant In 1965, after years of wandering from one temporary location to another, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) opened the doors of its new building on Thompson Street with celebration and a collective sigh of relief. Three…

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Testing tomorrow’s surveys today: Avatars as interviewers

July 24th, 2006

After five years in off-campus leased facilities, a big part of the ISR Survey Research Center moved back home in March 2006, into a new wing of the Perry Building, just a few blocks from ISR’s long-time Thompson Street home.…