America's Rural Radio Stations are Vanishing – And Taking the Country's Soul With Them

America's Rural Radio Stations are Vanishing – And Taking the Country's Soul With Them

Debbie Weingarten

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Co-published with The Guardian. At a time when local newspapers are disappearing, the loss of a radio station leaves a community with another cultural and informational gap.

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Katherine Newman

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Co-published with The Guardian. As inequality has grown, American seniors have been exposed to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed.

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

Seth Tupper

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Co-published with The Guardian. After 25 years and a half-billion dollars, only half of the project’s water delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation comes from the Missouri Riverunlike supplies for white ranchers.

The Real Queens of the Road: Truckers’ #MeToo Movement

The Real Queens of the Road: Truckers’ #MeToo Movement

Mary Pilon

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Co-published with The American Prospect. Female trucker activists are fighting back against pervasive sexual harassment at one firm by going after the Fortune 500 clients they ship packages for.

Our One Percent Obsession

Our One Percent Obsession

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with Brown Alumni Magazine. Growing wealth inequality is making a comfortable middle-class American life less possible by the minute. So why do so many of us spend our free time gaping at the super-rich on TV?

Humanities are Crucial for Technological Innovation

Humanities are Crucial for Technological Innovation

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. If tech leaders had any passionate knowledge of the humanities, they might have been less likely to treat our data as a commodity to be used for their own purposes.

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Gary Stevenson

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Co-published with In These Times. Labor, civil rights and social justice activists have trained at the historic Highlander Research and Education Center for generations.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Bryce Covert

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Co-published with The Nation. Laid-off retail workers are demanding severance, labor protections—and an end to the Wall Street playbook of owning a company while hollowing it out.

Scared to Death: Immigrants in Need of Health Care Face Perilous Choices

Scared to Death: Immigrants in Need of Health Care Face Perilous Choices

Eric Pape

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Co-published with Capital & Main and Truthout. Undocumented immigrants fear that seeking medical care will get them kicked out of the country. One woman’s story shows the impact can prove deadly.

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Paul Tullis

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Co-published with WIRED. As the mayor of a small Indiana city, Pete Buttigieg applied his low-key technocratic style to economic and social dysfunction. Now he wants a chance to fix the country.

Health Care Is Shockingly Expensive. Why Can’t You Deduct It All on Your Taxes?

Health Care Is Shockingly Expensive. Why Can’t You Deduct It All on Your Taxes?

David Wallis

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Co-published with The Washington Post. It’s not a replacement for more sweeping reforms, but it might help in the meantime.

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

Lauren Gill

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Co-published with The Nation. Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation’s only anti–death penalty organization run by death-row prisoners.

Some Essential Reading for Ethically Compromised Parents

Some Essential Reading for Ethically Compromised Parents

Rich Benjamin

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Co-published with The Los Angeles Times. The parents embroiled in the college admissions scandal could learn a thing or two from these selected readings on inequality in the higher-education system.

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

Susie Cagle

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Co-published with The Nation. Over 800,000 furloughed workers missed two paychecks during the most recent government shutdown. And credit unions, banks, and finance companies reaped the rewards.

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. The meaning of middle-class life has altered from something stable to implied economic fragility.

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

Gloria Diaz

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Co-published with In These Times. This wasn’t the life I had envisioned for myself: part blue-collar worker, part professional, unable to fit in fully in either realm. I wonder if a piecemeal living of part-time work, no benefits and looming student loans is as good as it will get.