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Story Lab: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Do young people lack the work ethic of their elders?

American workers in their 20s--the Millennial generation--are the first in living memory to tell pollsters that they don't work as hard as their elders. That's the finding in a study that The Post's Ian Shapira reports on today...but do...

By Marc Fisher  | April 2, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Time-starved: Is the recession creating a Third Way?

When I wrote not long ago about a sociologist who challenged me to find the 30 hours of leisure he said I had every week, I began to think of the forces that operate on working mothers without us really...

By Brigid Schulte  | April 2, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Build-A-Story  
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Will five-day mail delivery cause chaos?

The New Yorker comes on Tuesday. The Jewish Times comes on Friday. So does The Washingtonian -- once a month. The real estate stuff comes on Saturday. How do I know? I get the mail every day. That's my...

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 2, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Pick of the day: Inside the Dear Mr. President story

Writing to the president has always struck me as utterly futile, only slightly more worthwhile than writing Santa Claus. So I was surprised to learn earlier this week from Eli Saslow's very good story that a small army of staff...

By Annys Shin  | April 2, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Salt tax, wind power, bloggers in charge--What a news day!

Lots of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments here in the Post newsroom this morning as angry Local Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz lashed out at reporters and sub-editors for an unprecedented wave of missed stories. While we were focused...

By Marc Fisher  | April 1, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Test of time: How to find 30 hours of leisure a week

Since I wrote about the challenge of finding the 30 hours of leisure each week that experts say I and other working mothers have, I've received hundreds of emails and messages from people. Some called me a whiny idiot....

By Brigid Schulte  | April 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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David Mills on dwarves, tatooed ladies, & fire eaters

David Mills, a former Post scribe and award-winning writer for shows such as "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and "The Wire" died Tuesday. He was only 48 but left behind an incredible body of work, not only as a frequent...

By Annys Shin  | April 1, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Time Challenge: Find your 30 hours of leisure

This week, The Dr. Phil Show is airing a segment based on an article I wrote for the Washington Post Magazine on a working mother's (fruitless?!) search for the 30 hours of leisure that experts say I have every...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 31, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick of the Day: "A Wisdom About Hunger"

At newspapers, we have a certain way of telling stories. Often, it's not enough to let the people we write about speak for themselves. We like to provide context, cite statistics, and quote experts. But sometimes, a story is more...

By Annys Shin  | March 31, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Dr. Phil comes calling

The phone call came like a bolt out of the blue. A breathless young man, identifying himself as an associate producer for the Dr. Phil Show, speaking a mile a minute, asked me about an article on time - a...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 30, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A farewell to Gilbert Arenas's mother

You have probably never heard of Mary Francis Robinson, but you have probably heard of her son, Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas. In 2006, long before Arenas's recent gun charge and sidelining injuries, Post sports columnist Mike Wise profiled the...

By Annys Shin  | March 30, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the day: Angry people who drink tea

In the annals of public relations, I doubt the phrases "tea party" and "health care reform" ever rated high on the list of surefire attention grabbers. But ever since some very unhappy Americans got the idea to use this...

By Annys Shin  | March 29, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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