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Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage

Despite the fondness among certain politicians and pundits for “traditional marriage,” a nostalgic-sounding concept that conjures a soft-focus Polaroid of grandma and grandpa, few…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3089 words)

Rude Awakening

In Colorado and nationwide, girls are starting puberty earlier and earlier. But the real concerns begin once they grow up. Im dying. I’m dying. I’m dying.I kept repeating the words as I…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1619 words)

We've Reached 'The End of Antibiotics, Period.'

An interview with Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about entering a new era in which bacteria is resistant to antibiotics:

The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So the more antibiotics we put into people, we put into the environment, we put into livestock, the more opportunities we create for these bacteria to become resistant. …We also know that we’ve greatly overused antibiotics and in overusing these antibiotics, we have set ourselves up for the scenario that we find ourselves in now, where we’re running out of antibiotics.

PUBLISHED: Oct. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9234 words)

Now We Are Five

In late May of this year, a few weeks shy of her fiftieth birthday, my youngest sister, Tiffany, committed suicide. She was living in a room in a beat-up house on the hard side of Somerville,…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (977 words)

Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson's Comeback Odyssey

Photograph by Graeme Mitchell for Bloomberg BusinessweekRamona Pierson As a 22-year-old marine, Ramona Pierson spent most days stuck in an office at the El Toro air station near Irvine, Calif. She…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3569 words)

Why Is Zambia So Poor?

Zambia. (PHOTO: MICHAEL HOBBES) Before we get started, I should admit something: I have no idea how a country goes from being poor to being rich. I know that my own country did this, sure, and that…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7233 words)

What Witchcraft Is Facebook?

(Wikimedia Commons)“Eerie and remarkable.” Those are the words that Robert Bartholomew used to describe this past winter’s outbreak of mass hysteria in Danvers, Massachusetts, a town also known as…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4530 words)

How Much Should It Cost to Find God?

(OiMax/Flickr)Six hundred dollars and 72 hours later, I was back in front of my computer checking Facebook. I wanted to see what I’d missed while tucked away somewhere remote in the mountains, where…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 10, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2289 words)

Barrett Brown: America's Least Likely Political Prisoner

Barrett Brown Nikki Loehr The mid-June sun is setting on the Mansfield jail near Dallas when
PUBLISHED: Sept. 5, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (749 words)