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Nov 30, 2018

Americans are known around the world for eating too much, but when it comes to time, we are starving ourselves. It’s called “time famine” – an unpleasant, uncomfortable feeling that we have too much to do in too little time. Social scientists have been studying it for more than 20 years.

Nov 30, 2018

Sheri’s Ranch, one of Nevada’s approximately 20 legal brothels, recently released an infographic breaking down the services its 134 sex workers provided over the course of 2017.

Nov 26, 2018

Your phone. In today’s society, it’s hard to picture life without it. It keeps you connected, it keeps you entertained, and it keeps you busy—but one thing it doesn’t necessarily do? Keep you productive.

Nov 14, 2018

Every generation comes with an identity, and often, stereotypes as well. But are these generational generalizations far? There isn’t really a simple answer, according to UNLV Associate Professor of Sociology Michael Borer.

Nov 9, 2018

Simon Gottschalk, professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and author of the book "The Terminal Self," joins David to discuss the infantilization of western culture.

Nov 9, 2018

The ecosexual movement is moving its way to Las Vegas, but people who identify as ecosexuals have said there are a lot of misunderstandings surrounding their lifestyle.

Nov 7, 2018

Lyon County, Nevada contains many remnants of the old west. It spans more than 2,000 sq miles in an area east of Nevada’s small capital, Carson City, and, according to the 2010 census, only contains about 52,000 people. Wild horses still run free through the chilly, desert mountains. But Lyon County may be most known for another throwback to a long-gone era: its brothels. The county contains four legal brothels, including the infamous Moonlight Bunny Ranch, all formerly owned by the recently deceased Dennis Hof. (The brothel now belongs to his long-time partner Madam Suzette, though his will may be contested by his long-estranged family.)

Nov 2, 2018

When is it too much?

When does a city whose cursed baseball team fed a gargantuan sense of civic grievance and self-pity lose something by winning again and again?

Nov 2, 2018

How big of a problem hate speech is in Las Vegas is unclear because it is difficult to track, experts say.

Oct 31, 2018

In most countries and regions today, after a child is born, a doctor or midwife will announce that the life is a "boy" or a "girl" by observing the external genitalia.

Oct 24, 2018

Like most people, I am interested in porn. My interests are niche. In short, I’m interested in the geographies of porn.

Oct 23, 2018

Dennis Hof was a showman who capitalized on the caricature bestowed by his business – the world’s greatest pimp. He would love the attention his death is getting.

Oct 23, 2018

In 1978, Hustler Magazine published a horrifying image of a woman being put through a meat grinder (link not safe for work). That image was similar to an ad which recently ran in outlets across Nevada.

Oct 23, 2018

In 1978 Hustler magazine published a horrifying image of a woman being put through a meat grinder. That image was similar to an ad which recently ran in outlets across Nevada. Hustler’s intention was to taunt one side of the contentious debate within feminism in the 1970s. Anti-prostitution and anti-pornography activists argued that commercial sex was no more than violence against women.

Oct 22, 2018

Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. Can science help us navigate?

Oct 8, 2018

Not in our city. No way, no how.

Oct 1, 2018

How to achieve work-life balance

Sep 25, 2018

It is the first strike against sexual harassment in over a hundred years. On September 18 in ten US cities - Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, San Francisco and Durham - McDonald's employees took to the streets, asking the main chain US and global catering industry to do more to combat the problem of harassment in the workplace.