Why do family gatherings stress us out?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we ask the experts on why we want to flip the dinner table during holiday family time.
The messy business of NYC's live poultry industry
Over 80 live poultry markets quietly thrive in NYC, with a clientele made up mainly of the city's immigrant populations. Hopes&Fears took a trip to a Brooklyn slaughterhouse to go behind the scenes.
Which holidays are celebrated in cities around the world?
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a uniquely American holiday. What holidays do people in other cities around the world celebrate? Hopes&Fears found out.
number of refugees who have committed terrorist attacks inspired by extremist Islam in the US since 9/11.
Why is it so hard to make new friends when you're older?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we asked psychologists and relationship experts about growing lonely with age.
How a flight attendant gears up for the perfect weekend trip
A professional traveler shares her tips and tricks for packing light and navigating the airport during the peak holiday travel season.
I’m a best-selling Amazon Kindle
author and I crush some
In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with authors who left behind substandard careers to peddle their words on Amazon.
It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace... There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes - all decked out - while the world continues to wage war.
on Christmas, during mass at the Basilica di Santa Maria last week
Why do people want to be good?
Hopes&Fears talked to experts on altruism, prosocial behavior, morality, and ethics about the “goodness” drive, and how it plays out in politics, society, and daily life.
The underappreciated art of furniture in video games
Furniture has often been a part of games, but for players, it's easy to ignore. Even if the home is the next frontier of gaming environments, will players ever stop to feel the velvet drapes?
Meet the activist leading the lonely 'smokers' rights' movement
Audrey Silk, the founder of CLASH, is fighting for her right to smoke... anywhere she wants.
Why do some hallucinogens cause universal hallucinations?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we ask the experts about common visions while tripping on psychoactive substances.
How common is alcohol abuse in cities around the world?
From Dublin to Dubai, Hopes&Fears looked at self-reported statistics and factors that affect alcohol abuse around the world.
What constitutes sex work?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we ask dancers, dommes, and social workers and sex work experts what exactly counts as a “sex worker.”
From Baghdad to Paris: David Shields on the problem with New York Times’ war photography
With his new book War Is Beautiful, David Shields wants people to confront the influence the New York Times has over media and the power its images have over us.
Is it possible to run out of empathy?
Hopes&Fears asked psychologists, philosophers and scholars of empathy for their insight on the limits of compassion.
Laugh-cry emoji beats out “refugee” for Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year
The “face with tears of joy,” better known as the “laugh-cry face,” was chosen as “the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”