Esther Cepeda / Politics

An instructive yet unsatisfying look at Coke

CHICAGO -- It's not often that I hate and love a book at the same time. Perhaps this is because I usually stick to nonfiction books written by journalists. Recently, however, I stumbled onto "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism" by...

Shouting 'Racist' Isn't The Answer

CHICAGO -- To appropriate the Franco-centric rallying cry of those who defend satire even when they don't agree with it: Je suis Barbie!

Specifically, the fictional "Six New Barbie Dolls That Reflect 21st Century Women," which Janet Eve ...

The Deadly Truth About 'Healthy Obesity'

CHICAGO -- Here's a cold dose of reality for people telling themselves that their extra pounds aren't harming them: Contrary to 2013 research linking extra weight to a lowered risk of mortality, there's really no such thing as "healthy obesity."...

Free Tuition Misses the Point

CHICAGO -- President Obama has misguidedly set his sights on giving away two years of free tuition to "responsible" community college students who attend at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Unfortunately, "America's College Promise" is, ...

Beer's Big Game

CHICAGO -- Many nights after dinner -- when the last of the vegetables have been choked down and Dad has started cleaning up in the kitchen -- my sons and I browse pictures of puppies on Pinterest. 

Yes, even at 13 and 16 (and 40!) we're all ...

Resolutions to Live By

CHICAGO -- January presents an opportunity to engineer a better year than the last, but many people fail in their intentions by making the mistake of subtracting, when adding is more effective.

Those seeking to lose weight in the new year often ...