Good Enough to Eat? The Toxic Truth About Modern Food

“It makes no sense to presume that there has been a sudden collapse in willpower across all ages and ethnic groups since the 1960s.” What has changed? Food processing — and food marketing.

Author: Bee Wilson
Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,065 words)

‘If It Gets Me, It Gets Me’: The Town Where Residents Live Alongside Polar Bears

Churchill, Manitoba, is 1,000 miles north of Winnipeg. It’s connected to the rest of Canada only by rail, it clings firm to its arctic identity, it has a polar bear jail, and it’s worried that rising sea levels will change everything.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 13, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,851 words)

‘I couldn’t deal with it, it tore me apart’: surviving child sexual abuse

Tom Yarwood was assaulted by his musical mentor, an unnamed celebrated conductor, more than 20 times over the course of three years. Thirty years later, telling the story hasn’t become any easier.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 1, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,014 words)

‘It’s Not Rair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers

Sugarcane is Louisiana’s most lucrative, stable crop, yet lending discrimination, fraud, vandalism, and intimidation keep putting black farmers out of business. It isn’t just sugarcane.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 30, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,950 words)

The American Civil War Didn’t End. And Trump is a Confederate President.

In her new column for The Guardian, Rebecca Solnit makes a solid argument that Donald Trump’s presidency, and his fervent support from white racists, mark an attempt of the Confederacy to rise again.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 4, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,468 words)

On Washington’s McNeil Island, The Only Residents Are 214 Dangerous Sex Offenders

A legal mandate keeps Washington state’s most dangerous sex offenders in a controversial facility known as a civil commitment center. ‘Civilly committed’ means detained indefinitely. It’s a community safeguard because these men are likely to repeat their violent sexual crimes, but does civil commitment protect the general public?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,367 words)

The Real Goldfinger: The London Banker Who Broke the World

Rowland Baring, governor of the Bank of England between 1961 and 1966, found the Bretton Woods system — which controlled the exchange of currency and used gold-backed US dollars as an “impartial” international currency — both unethical and damaging to the City of London. Many agreed. When banker Ian Fraser changed the way the global economy worked, his system allowed for the unprecedented concentration of wealth that we see today, and it created the destructive gap between rich and poor.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 7, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,138 words)

Is Compassion Fatigue Inevitable In an Age of 24-Hour News?

The information age has exacted a high emotional cost, but lately, as one horror piles on another, things have become especially taxing.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 2, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,137 words)

Where Even Walmart Won’t Go: How Dollar General Took Over Rural America

In small towns across Kansas, residents and community leaders grapple with the increasingly ubiquitous presence of America’s fastest-growing retailer.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 13, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,417 words)

‘It’s nothing like a broken leg’: why I’m done with the mental health conversation

Hannah Jane Parkinson responds to so many empty refrains encouraging mentally ill patients to just ask for help, a beyond frustrating suggestion “when you’ve been asking for help and not getting it.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,513 words)