What a story: A Californian living in Germany discovers a ferry wake you can surf on the Baltic Sea. He was even making a movie about it. The German surfers who’d already surfed that and other Baltic waves were offended by the American’s repackaging of German history. Maybe they were talking about two different kinds of truth.
Jen Doll dives into the world of the band Phish and their followers, known as “phans.” She discovers a hippy-esque subculture of “you do you” people dedicated not only to a band renowned for live jams, but a shared appreciation for uninhibited drug consumption, joyful escapism, and making new Phish-following-friends at every show.
Every year, around 116,255 people get shot in the U.S. Shootings happen with such frequency that it’s too easy to forget the survivors, who spend their days in wheelchairs, hospital beds, and physical therapy sessions, haunted by past events and their uncertain futures.
From the Nation’s archive, Jeff Gottlieb and Jeff Cohen reported on the civil suit brought forth by survivors of the December 4, 1969 raid of Chicago Black Panther headquarters that left Party chairman Fred Hampton and another party member dead. Local and federal authorities finally agreed to a settlement in November 1982, after a long trial and an appeal.
“Mothers and fathers who have a child placed in foster care because they are incarcerated — but who have not been accused of child abuse, neglect, endangerment, or even drug or alcohol use — are more likely to have their parental rights terminated than those who physically or sexually assault their kids, according to a Marshall Project analysis of approximately 3 million child-welfare cases nationally.”
Like cowboys in westerns, sheriffs were icons in the 20th century. They were the law. No matter what white residents in Alabaman’s Wilcox County say, so-called good ol’ boy Sherriff Lummie Jenkins used his power to violently suppress black voters and battle the Civil Rights movement. He’s no icon.
On a Missouri farm, two families worked the land side by side, until a murder shattered their American dream.