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Anne Helen Petersen is the author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. She writes the newsletter Culture Study.

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The escalating costs of being single in America

Why is life in this country so hostile to single people?

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Caring for the elderly has never been more expensive, exhausting, or invisible

As millions "age in place," millions more must figure out how to provide their loved ones with increasingly complex care.

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What the American dream looks like for immigrants

Upward mobility is common for the millions who come to the US. But there’s a lot more to the story.

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One weird trick to fix our broken child care system

What if caring for kids was a public good?

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The future of the middle class depends on student loan forgiveness

Canceling debt is what’s needed to ensure a solid, equitable middle class.

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For Black Americans, the middle class has always been a mirage

So many Black families have been shut out of stability at every turn.

What we learn about the middle class by studying the rich

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How America’s middle class got hollowed out

High costs, stagnant wages, and so much debt.