When Choice is 221 Miles Away

A post-Roe world is already here for women in Mississippi who need abortions.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Sep 11, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,014 words)

New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered.

“It’s fun to be cranky about stupid things.” Coca Cola introduced New Coke in 1985 and then, after a populist backlash from Americans decrying that their freedom of choice had been trampled upon, reintroduced Classic Coke after two months. What the company didn’t see at first was that the backlash was led by a man who thought he could parlay all this silly outrage — over a soft drink — into some cash.

Author: Tim Murphy
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,127 words)

Jonestown’s Victims Have a Lesson to Teach Us, So I Listened

“Peoples Temple was a hugely influential part of black San Francisco at one time, embedded so deeply that middle schoolers like my mom took time to check it out.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Nov 16, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,144 words)

My Adventures at a Camp for Transgender Men

“It was one of the most special times in my life; it was just unreal.”

Author: T Cooper
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,172 words)

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

Ari Berman investigates how increasingly restrictive voting laws in states like Wisconsin had an impact on the 2016 presidential election — and most likely tipped it in favor of Donald Trump.

Author: Ari Berman
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 18, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,331 words)

“We Just Feel Like We Don’t Belong Here Anymore”

Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Aug 16, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,603 words)

Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.

The first casualty of America’s opioid epidemic beyond the users themselves? The American family. As mom and dad are nodding out and overdosing in record numbers, the kids are going into an under-funded foster care system struggling to handle the sheer volume of children who need food, shelter, clothing, and above all, stability.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jul 31, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,539 words)

As a Girl, I Went Through Abstinence Ed. As a Woman, I’m Trying to Understand the Damage Done.

Becca Andrews travels with an abstinence only sex education team — and considers the impact that same education had on her life.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Apr 30, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,010 words)

Go to Jail. Die From Drug Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System.

Julia Lurie reports on a rising trend: death by opioid withdrawal in jail. Read about how addict shame and silence, jail short-staffing, scant medical equipment, and a general apathy toward inmates can make a deadly combination.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Feb 5, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,113 words)

The Crazy Story of the Professor Who Came to Stay—and Wouldn’t Leave

It’s not easy to evict someone in California. Usually that’s a good thing. (And also, don’t mess with Judith Butler.)

Author: Ian Gordon
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Dec 29, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,061 words)