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Valley Fever: How the Government Put Tens of Thousands of People at Risk of a Deadly Disease

If it killed politicians instead of prisoners, this illness would be national enemy No. 1.

By David Ferry


It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that’s not the most insane fact about the mad dash to plant the thirsty trees in the middle

Inside the Men’s Rights Movement — and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned

By Mariah Blake

ON A BALMY AFTERNOON last June, dozens of demonstrators…

The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes

On the road with the former veterinarian, ex-raquetball champ, and freight-hopping adventurer who

The Way It Was


In 1959, when I was a precocious smarty-pants still in grade school, I wrote a fake letter to Doris Blake, the New York Daily News advice…

Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off?

You and your teeth could be victims of “creative diagnosis.”

My household’s level of confidence in dentistry is at an all…


Raw Sugar Is No Better for You Than Refined

We spoke with the experts and crunched the numbers.

How a Squad of Ex-Cops Fights Police Abuses

In Broward County, Florida, a bold experiment in public defense.

Inside the Wild, Shadowy, and Highly Lucrative Bail Industry

How $550 and a five-day class gets you the right to stalk, arrest, and shoot people.

Photos of San Francisco Before the Silicon Valley Bros Invaded

Janet Delaney chronicles a neighborhood’s transformation from working-class haven to playground for the…

Something Is Seriously Wrong on the East Coast—and It’s Killing All the Baby Puffins

Disappearing puffins, stray whales, invading sailfish: The North Atlantic is in a…

We Can Code It!

Why computer literacy is key to winning the 21st century.

In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a…

Triumph of the Drill

Deficit hawks slam them. Execs admit they don’t need them. Yet Big Oil clings to its billions in government giveaways. Here’s how. 

Hey Wonk Reporters, Liberate Your Data!

Data journalism only matters when it’s transparent.

When it comes to data journalism, everyone’s a critic.

The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming

This is your wilderness on drugs.

“He Had Fresh Head Injuries”: What Ohio Has Been Doing to Mentally Ill Boys 

Parents can’t keep children alone in their rooms for 1,964 hours. But Ohio allegedly does…

Diss Google Buses All You Want. They’re Still Pretty Green

Critics claim that Bay Area tech shuttles’ environmental benefits are overstated. They’re wrong

How a Coyote Suffered Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet

Mother Jones has uncovered photographic evidence of animal mistreatment behind the network’s top reality show.

Why Your Supermarket Sells Only 5 Kinds of Apples

And one man’s quest to bring hundreds more back.

Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons

We throw thousands of men in the hole for the books they read, the company they keep, the…

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