Voices of the American Next
More than 30 percent of Americans have bachelor's degrees, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. But what is the value of that degree in today's (and tomorrow's) economy?
Ask Matt LaCasse about the idea of opportunity as the American Dream, and you'll get an earful.
I grew up in southwest Missouri, and was always very aware that I was living in the Bible Belt. So it surprised me to learn that, far from being distinct, Missouri is actually a pretty good representation of the country as far as religion goes.
Brooks Yang, a 23-year-old Princeton grad in St. Louis, may tell you that she's "kind of doing nothing" these days. Don't believe her.
Rocheport is the kind of town that comes as a surprise (and a bit of a wonder) in the hustle and bustle of the technology age. It is tucked along the Missouri River about 10 miles west of Columbia.
Adrienne Long and Alana Flowers were killing time between classes at the MU Student Center. They are both 21, African-American and graduating soon to leave Columbia – and chase two very different dreams.
We've long heard the sad prediction that about 50 percent of American marriages are doomed to fail — and that statistic is pretty accurate. According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of first marriages end within 20 years.
When Addie Rose Davis pictures the perfect life, she's 30 years old and living in her own house with a husband, two children and a successful job. But at 18, she's not exactly sure how she's going to get there.
Amanda Powell, 23, of Kirksville said to her "the American Dream is being able to take care of yourself to the extent that you're then able to take care of the people around you."
Have fun in high school. Go to college. Fall in love. Live happily ever after. That's what Jon Parkhurst, 33, sees as the message delivered to children today – a message that he finds problematic.
The White House has a task force devoted to restoring the middle class. Yet the U.S. government has no firm definition for what exactly middle class is.
The concept of "generation" shows up again and again in media and popular culture, used by everyone from marketers to educators to employers. But defining who belongs to a generation presents an interesting challenge.
During the depths of the Great Depression historian James Truslow Adams released a book titled “Epic of America.” In it, he coined a term that has become a mainstay in our culture: “the American Dream.”