Zombie Debts Are Hounding Struggling Americans. Will You Be Next?

Zombie Debts Are Hounding Struggling Americans. Will You Be Next?

Virginia Eubanks

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Co-published with The Guardian. Tens of thousands of people have received demands to repay alleged overpayments of government benefits – often decades old – plunging them into a Kafkaesque struggle against a faceless bureaucracy.

'Operation Clean Sweep' Arrest Reports Show Most Arrests Were For Drug Possession

'Operation Clean Sweep' Arrest Reports Show Most Arrests Were For Drug Possession

Jerome Campbell

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Co-published with WBUR. An extensive review of Boston police reports reveals the majority of those arrested in “Operation Clean Sweep” were not charged with crimes like drug dealing, contrary to claims by city leaders and law enforcement.

California's Forage Wars

California's Forage Wars

Debra Utacia Krol

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Co-published with High Country News and Roads & Kingdoms. In Mendocino County, California, these “guerilla gatherers” risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive.

David Berman of Silver Jews Remembered

David Berman of Silver Jews Remembered

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The New York Review of Books. “Openly troubled, openly poetic, openly marginal, openly sloppy, and openly democratic.” Our executive director Alissa Quart reflects on the late David Berman, lead singer of the indie rock band Silver Jews.

Depression and Anxiety Threatened to Kill My Career. So I Came Clean About It.

Depression and Anxiety Threatened to Kill My Career. So I Came Clean About It.

Yasha Hartberg

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Co-published with The Guardian. Teaching was my dream job, writes Yasha Hartberg. But how would students react to a professor who could barely keep his life together?

Sesame Street Changed My Life. We Must Protect It So It Can Mold More Kids’ Lives.

Sesame Street Changed My Life. We Must Protect It So It Can Mold More Kids’ Lives.

Bobbi Dempsey

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Co-published with HuffPost. We need to support Sesame Street to ensure the show is available to all children, especially for kids from backgrounds like mine, or we will lose what we began to achieve a half-century ago.

Let’s Push the Language of Journalism Past Its Limits

Let’s Push the Language of Journalism Past Its Limits

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with Columbia Journalism Review. When words and traditional genres fail us, what other techniques might journalists deploy to break through the thicket of bigoted remarks and familiar stories of misery?

Many Minorities Avoid Seeking Credit Due to Generations of Discrimination. Why That Keeps Them Back.

Many Minorities Avoid Seeking Credit Due to Generations of Discrimination. Why That Keeps Them Back.

Lori Teresa Yearwood

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Co-published with CNBC (excerpt). Decades of discrimination by the government and America’s financial institutions have induced an almost trauma-like response in many people of color, making them less likely to seek credit.

An Accessible Neighborhood Needs Parks

An Accessible Neighborhood Needs Parks

Alysia Abbott

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Co-published with CurbedFor many families like mine—with members who are on the spectrum or have other sensory or mental disorders—parks and playgrounds are vitally important.

In Public Letter, 10 Boston City Councilors Decry 'Chilling Effect' Of Boston Calling Decision

In Public Letter, 10 Boston City Councilors Decry 'Chilling Effect' Of Boston Calling Decision

Jerome Campbell

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Co-published with WBUR. Boston city councilors say nonprofits and unions have been hesitant to work with their offices since two former mayoral aides were found guilty of federal extortion charges.

The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

E. Tammy Kim

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Co-published with The New York Review of BooksThe Trump administration’s plan to terminate the Temporary Protected Status program, if successful, will separate more than a quarter million citizen children from their immigrant parents.

Can You Afford to Be Green When You're Not Rich? I Kept a Diary to Find Out

Can You Afford to Be Green When You're Not Rich? I Kept a Diary to Find Out

Alison Stine

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Co-published with The GuardianPoliticians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer – but how easy is it to go green when you’re barely getting by?

Artist Withdraws Proposed Faneuil Hall Slave Memorial After Boston NAACP Says It Will Oppose It

Artist Withdraws Proposed Faneuil Hall Slave Memorial After Boston NAACP Says It Will Oppose It

Jerome Campbell

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Co-published with WBUR. After nearly two years in the making, artist Steve Locke is withdrawing his proposal for a slave trade memorial in front of Faneuil Hall due to opposition from the Boston NAACP.