The real issues in vaccine safety
Published online 25 May 2011 | Nature 473, 436-438 (2011) | doi:10.1038/473436a …
The Real Mahatma Gandhi
Questioning the moral heroism of India’s most revered figure.
The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret
On the cut-and-kill floor of Quality Pork Processors Inc. in Austin, Minnesota, the wind always blows. From the open doors at the docks where drivers unload massive trailers of screeching pigs,…
The Futility of "Homeland Defense"
Get over thinking that America can be made safe. Defending a country as big and commercially robust as the United States raises profound, and probably insurmountable, issues of scale. There…
How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools
This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. If the national movement to “reform” public education through vouchers, charters and…
Length: 6 minutes (1717 words)
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Throwaway People: Will Teens Sent to Die in Prison Get a Second Chance?
On August 29, 1976, around 1:40 am, a fire erupted at 1138 Spruce Street in Chester, Pennsylvania. The building, in a row of two-family homes just south of the Delaware Expressway, burned for two…
Length: 12 minutes (3235 words)
The NRA vs. America | Politics News
Fredrik Brodén Eleven days after the massacre, Wayne LaPierre – a lifelong political operative who had steadied the National Rifle Association through many crises – stood before an…
Published: Jan. 31, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (912 words)
In Facebook We Trust: What Really Happened Behind the Biggest IPO Flop of Our Time
Uma Swaminathan tuned the television set in the living room of her ranch style home in the suburbs of East Brunswick, N.J. to CNBC. It was 9:00 a.m. on May 18, 2012, a day the retired schoolteacher…
Published: May 20, 2013
Length: 17 minutes (4385 words)
The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills
Something was killing Hmong men in their sleep, and no one could figure out what it was. There was no obvious cause of death. None of them had been sick, physically. The men weren't clustered all that tightly, geographically speaking. They were united by dislocation from Laos and a shared culture, but little else. Even House would have been stumped. Doctors gave the problem a name, the kind that reeks of defeat, a dragon label on the edge of the known medical world: Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome. SUNDS. It didn't do much in terms of diagnosis or treatment, but it was easier to track the periodic conferences dedicated to understanding the problem.
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