2018: The Year In Ideas: A Review Of Ideas

You’ll want to get your Vive le roi! t-shirt out of storage.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Dec 27, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,600 words)

A Brutal Clock

On how “fighter parents” like Amber Olsen (parents whose children have rare diseases) are getting scientists and profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies to do research, conduct clinical trials, and develop treatments for life-threatening, yet little-known ailments. How do they do it? With sheer determination and unrelenting superhuman efforts to raise money and awareness for their child’s cause.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Oct 26, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,547 words)

Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong

Over the course of Noor Salman’s trial for allegedly aiding her husband, Omar Mateen, in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, a different narrative has emerged than the false one the FBI erroneously constructed, and which the media tragically bought into. Melissa Jeltsen points out that not only was there zero evidence it was a targeted hate crime based in homophobia, but there was also no evidence to support Salman’s coerced confession that she and her husband had staked out Pulse beforehand. What’s more, the prosecution was sadistic in making its false case against Salman, who had endured domestic violence and rape at Mateen’s hand. The good news is that she was acquitted. The bad news is that she has been endlessly traumatized, first by Mateen, then by the FBI, the prosecution and the press, not to mention additionally by spending more than a year in jail away from her child.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Apr 4, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,146 words)

The Super Predators

Domestic abuse by police officers is underreported and less likely to lead to prosecution. It also forces victims to seek help from police departments eager to protect their own.

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What Bullets Do to Bodies

What exactly does a bullet do to flesh as it careens through the body? Jason Fagone profiles Philadelphia trauma surgeon Dr. Amy Goldberg, a woman on the front lines of gun violence as she attempts to repair the broken bodies that arrive daily at Temple University Hospital.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Apr 26, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,799 words)

The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness

The gay community has made large strides in terms of legal and social acceptance in the last few decades, but the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse among gay men have remained unchanged. Hobbes examines why.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,888 words)

Meet the Ungers

In Maryland, an unlikely experiment has taken place: violent offenders, expected to be incarcerated forever, are being released from prison. Jason Fagone explores how it happened.

Source: HuffPost
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 28 minutes (7,016 words)

Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream

On the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in America’s national parks and forests.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Mar 16, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6,982 words)

How Mark Zuckerberg Should Give Away $45 Billion

A thoughtful essay on effective philanthropy.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Feb 25, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,697 words)

Sports at Any Cost

Why are college students footing the bill for an athletics arms race?

Source: HuffPost
Published: Nov 17, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,888 words)