If your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you? It’s one of the phrases my parents used on me that I now like to use on my kids—albeit jokingly. But the tried and true advice to kids about the dangers of peer pressure only gets you so far. Because as much as we want … Continued
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.
Ms. Riley's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.
Is a picture worth a thousand public service announcements? That’s a question that the loved ones of overdose victims are facing now. Last week, Cheryl Towery posted a picture of herself with her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Elaina, right before Elaina passed away at a Detroit hospital from an apparent heroin overdose. “’She’s my only daughter, my … Continued
Anyone who has the slightest familiarity with university life in recent years knows that students are under pressure from professors, administrators and their peers to examine and embrace their racial and ethnic identities (well, as long as that race is not white or Jewish). But apparently it’s not just African-American studies classes or La Casa … Continued
“You’re gonna get your ass kicked in high school.” That’s what Sheldon Cooper’s nine-year-old twin sister tells him at the dinner table during the trailer for this fall’s new show, Young Sheldon. The CBS program, which follows the early life of one of the main characters on The Big Bang Theory, is a reminder that … Continued
“Because, for some, the Confederacy isn’t alt-history. It’s right now.” That’s how an activist who goes by the Twitter handle @ReignofApril explained her reason for organizing a protest against a new HBO series. The show, which is called Confederate, takes as its premise an alternative history in which the South seceded from the Union and … Continued
Oprah Winfrey has had some wacky ideas over the years—she gave a platform to vaccine denier Jenny McCarthy, not to mention faith-healing promoter Dr. Oz—but you don’t get to be the most successful businesswoman in the world without having a pragmatic core. And judging by a recent article in the New York Times Magazine, that … Continued
It is not impossible to find married people who occasionally daydream about the early stages of dating. Remember the first time you met someone, the first time you went out to dinner, the early conversations when you didn’t know everything about the other person, when you spent time deciding what to wear and carefully considered … Continued
Ticket sales for a Broadway play called Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 are in the dumps. According to the New York Times, the show made only slightly above $900,000 last week, down from $1.2 million a few weeks ago, when singer Josh Groban was leading the cast. And so the producers decided … Continued
Tom Perrotta has always seemed like a novelist who is, if not ahead of his time, then at least on the cutting edge of social trends. His novel, Election, which centers on an overly ambitious high school girl who has an affair with a teacher and ruins his career and marriage when she tells her … Continued
Everyone knows Donald Trump’s approval numbers are in the toilet—he has an approval rating of only 37 percent according to an ABC poll taken a couple of weeks ago—but many observers are baffled about why the president still seems to be doing well among evangelicals. Sixty-one percent of them approve of the job the president … Continued