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The Science of Citizenship

ONE OF THE MOST remarkable scenes in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 work of science journalism, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, happens about halfway through the book, in a smoky Baltimore…
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4437 words)

Sheriff Joe’s posse invades Guadalupe

Just days after the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre proclaimed that only “a good guy with a gun” can prevent horrors like the Newtown massacre, America’s most notorious sheriff announced that armed members of…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 17, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4265 words)

The Movie Teachers' Unions Hate, but Everyone Else Should Appreciate

For all its faults, Won't Back Down offers a welcome alternative to the standard broken-school film plot. Walden Media At least once a decade, Hollywood produces a film like Stand and Deliver (1988),…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 1, 2012
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1712 words)

Origins of a Murder

1. The boy wears sweatpants the color of a Louisiana lake; later, the police report will note them as blue, though in every description his mother gives thereafter she will always insist on…
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LENGTH: 18 minutes (4701 words)

Red Clay

—Kaitlyn Greenidge So I made my choice. I chose Adia and her mother and endless afternoons of muted, scratchy Fela Kuti records and scored and tattered copies of Assata. I skirted around our…
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7678 words)
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Jeremy Lybarger on Killer on the Road

"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" — Jack Kerouac, On the Road IN AUGUST OF 2008, POLICE in Lubbock, Texas, were notified of a woman's body found in a desolate…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3271 words)

Maria Bustillos on Magic Hours

Some degree of courage is in order if you wish to fully admit your life. You have to take a draught of ego poison to accept the full dimensions of your banality, your sheer corniness and…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3474 words)