She Never Hurt Her Kids. So Why Is a Mother Serving More Time Than the Man Who Abused Her Daughter?

Oklahoma incarcerates more women than almost any other state. Under its punishing, under-the-radar “failure to protect” law, mothers — even those who are victims of domestic violence — can be sent to prison because of their supposed failure to keep their children out of harm’s way. In this devastating read, Samantha Michaels tells the story of one Oklahoma woman, Kerry King, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison — but had never hurt her kids.

These laws also create an impossible dynamic that makes survivors less likely to report what’s happening to police. When someone calls 911 after being abused by a partner, some cops open a child welfare investigation if there are kids in the family. So if a mother calls 911, she risks losing her kids; if she doesn’t, she risks being prosecuted for failure to protect. As one legal expert suggests, there’s no way to win.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Aug 9, 2022
Length: 33 minutes (8,303 words)

Inside a Kansas Clinic Where the Battle Over Abortion Is Still Raging

Kansas voted this week to save abortion, but the hardest work is yet to come. For her forthcoming book No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right, author Becca Andrews spent time at a reproductive health clinic with a tragic history:

Trust Women is familiar with working under pressure. From 1975 to 2009, Trust Women was called Women’s Health Care Services, and it was helmed by Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the nation who offered abortion care in the third trimester. That clinic closed down when Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist. Today, friends and acquaintances of the man who killed Dr. Tiller still linger outside his former clinic. States have put large monetary bounties on the heads of those who can be proved to have “aided and abetted” abortion. It begs the question: How much longer before violence sparks once more?

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Aug 3, 2022
Length: 21 minutes (5,323 words)

A Plane of Monkeys, a Pandemic, and a Botched Deal: Inside the Science Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

In May 2020, a plane full of monkeys, intended for COVID-19 research, was supposed to depart Mauritius. But it never did. So, who purchased the monkeys? What lab was their final destination? When Jackie Flynn Mogensen began to investigate why the flight didn’t take off as planned, she discovered a whole lot more about the wider trade of primates, and how a shortage of monkeys for research leads to serious issues, from stalled research and drug testing in many high-priority areas to an increase in the smuggling of animals.

By the fall of 2020, monthly monkey imports had returned to their 2019 levels, thanks to large increases in supply from Cambodia and Mauritius—and since have largely stabilized. And last year, despite zero monkeys coming from China, the US managed to import more than 31,000 monkeys in total, just 8 percent less than imports in 2019. But this has hardly meant a return to normalcy in the US. Keep in mind that while the total number of imports may have recovered, the entire world is fighting a pandemic. On top of the demand for studying HIV, or malaria, or cancer, or an endless number of other research areas, two years ago a never-before-seen virus swept across the planet. And we needed monkeys to fight it.

For fields outside of Covid, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, the low monkey supply has been “devastating,” Roberts adds.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jun 23, 2022
Length: 26 minutes (6,566 words)

A Jim Crow–Era Murder. A Family Secret. Decades Later, What Does Justice Look Like?

“Today, the official records of these older killings are often inaccurate. If they aren’t corrected soon, the true stories may never come out; many witnesses to the crimes of the Jim Crow era are aging and dying.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,715 words)

Can We Move Our Forests in Time to Save Them?

“Trees have always migrated to survive. But now they need our help to avoid climate catastrophe.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,077 words)

They Went to Bible College to Deepen Their Faith. Then They Were Assaulted—and Blamed for It.

“At Moody Bible Institute, purity culture and complementarianism have worked together to forgive abusers and punish the abused.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

Armed Standoffs With the Government, ‘Uber Militias,’ and Ammon Bundy’s Run to Be Idaho’s Next Governor

“Does running for office make him less dangerous—or more?”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Jul 26, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,649 words)

The Grassroots Activists Who Protected San Francisco’s Most Vulnerable—and the City—From COVID

“Unidos en Salud ‘made the pain undeniable.’ And then got to work.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Apr 18, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,600 words)

What’s the Matter With Cultural Politics?

“It’s not just the economy, stupid.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Dec 9, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,388 words)

Trump Killed My American Dream: 8 Stories From the War on Immigrants

In their own words, eight would-be Americans share their experiences — and the challenges they’ve faced amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on legal and unauthorized immigration.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 29, 2020