Co-published with The Washington Post. Photographer Rian Dundon documented his time parking cars for a strip club.
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.
Co-published with The LA Times. The dollar store has thrown a lifeline of food and capital to impoverished pockets, but how much quality is in that lifeline?
Co-published with The Colorado Sun. “No camping” signs have popped up in Durango's parks and greenways. Homeless residents have had to scatter and hide, the victims of a crisis of homelessness in the tourist town.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Businesses like Avocaderia are creating jobs in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. But at what cost?
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Someone who has been addicted to painkillers or heroin could be on the alternative medication, under a doctor's watch, for many years, similar to a diabetes patient or someone with a chronic condition like high blood pressure.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Staten Island’s North shore is missing a big opportunity: two million tourists ride the Staten Island Ferry every year, for a free sightseeing tour of New York Harbor. But on arrival, most of the visitors hurry onto the next ferry back to Manhattan, without spending a dime.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. For many Staten Islanders getting to work means catching a bus to the ferry, and for residents who lives close to the ferry and should have the shortest commute, they often report that the bus is failing them.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Shop owners claim a rise in crime after Garner’s death is hurting their businesses and the community.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Extensive private developments and an upcoming city rezoning for the North Shore of Staten Island have residents worried about the future look and feel of their neighborhoods.
Co-published with CityLab. An open data project sought to battle tax foreclosures by arming residents with information. It may have empowered property speculators more than anyone.
Co-published with CityLab. Usually, the public benefits of gambling deteriorate over time. But many American cities still pin their economic hopes on casinos.
Co-published with Cosmopolitan. As Kayla Jones, 28, kisses her 2-year-old daughter, Lola, good-bye this morning, she doesn’t know if she’ll spend the day working with women who are joyfully welcoming or somberly ending their pregnancies.
Co-published with Fusion. This is revolutionary: Trying to take control of a city council in a small town and then give the power to people.
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.
Co-published with The American Prospect. Why the police should be held accountable for misusing surveillance.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. In many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitary. In this episode, WNYC teams up with The Marshall Project to investigate how widespread the practice remains.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Stephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty.
Co-published with PBS NewsHour. Having a criminal record haunts the resumes of millions of Americans, but a four-year-old program in Baltimore is changing the odds for ex-offenders.
Co-published with The Guardian. The Philadelphia-area women interviewed by Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz were asked to choose one object they hold on to to remind themselves of their loved ones currently serving time.
Co-published with The Guardian. They all use the van service provided by Bridging the Gap, based in Philadelphia, for personal reasons but are united by one thing: commitment to and love for the men in their lives.
Co-published with The Guardian. When Kristal Bush’s mother nearly went broke from the expense of visiting her son in prison, Kristal saw an opportunity to connect Philadelphia families to loved ones locked up hours away – and Bridging the Gap was born
Co-published with The Guardian. Municipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Co-published with Vox. Afterpay is the latest company to target young shoppers looking for a deal.
Co-published with HuffPost. I will force America's billionaire education secretary to finally follow the law.
Co-published with The Boston Globe. Why are we not distraught by the ordinary scandal of adjunct mania at universities?
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.
Co-published with The Guardian. If you like your coffee fair trade, why not your children’s school ‘fair labor’? Here’s a simple but effective proposal.
Co-published with The Guardian. Paid Off, a gameshow that pays off increments of contestants’ student loans for each correct answer, joins a growing ecology of films and TV shows about debt.
Co-published with Bright. The political divide between these conservative kids and their immigrant friends disappears through frank conversation and a shared love of literature.
Co-published with The Cut. Why are universities so unfriendly to single moms?
Co-published with The Atlantic. Leila Yusuf is an immigrant who fled to the United States 19 years ago, during the civil war in Somalia. She’s 37 years old, has three children, and works as a shuttle bus driver in Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle. She longs for a “better job, better life” where she can make more than the minimum wage.
Co-published with HuffPost. Twelve years ago, Cynthia Jeub appeared on a TLC reality TV show featuring large families. But the cameras didn’t capture everything, especially the abuse she suffered at the hands of her “Quiverfull” parents.
Co-published with The Guardian. Foundations are now helping couples and individuals seeking fertility treatments.
Co-published with Everyday Health. Some families have taken to unorthodox methods to finance hope.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. A new program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is trying to make it easier for moms who don't speak English to improve their language skills.
Co-published with Pacific Standard. The Trump administration has quietly removed CCAMPIS, a childcare subsidy for student parents attending college, from its 2018 budget.
Co-published with TIME. Opponents of the current Medicaid program may look at the dollars only and not the human beings behind them.
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?
Co-published with The Philadelphia Inquirer. If white people were under-treated for pain at the same rate black people are today, institutions and individuals would be swiftly held accountable.
Co-published with The Washington Post. It’s not a replacement for more sweeping reforms, but it might help in the meantime.
Co-published with The American Prospect. Diseases don’t respect borders, nor do they care about passports, citizenship, or residency.
Co-published with The Guardian. Since 2010, 83 rural US hospitals have closed – many in counties with poverty rates higher than average – leaving residents in need stranded.
Co-published with The Guardian. The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help
Co-published with Alternet. Now that we’re living under a political regime hostile to women's health, there's more risk than ever for those using this essential commodity.
Co-published with VICE. Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse.
Co-published with PBS NewsHour with additional support from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Eviction isn't without its own historical context. In vulnerable communities of people of color, displacement and denial of housing are phenomena centuries in the making. This episode maps the persistent line between racist housing policies, localized profiteering, and the devastating plunder of generations of wealth.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. We have an eviction epidemic in this country. We’ve had one for a long time. And in this new four-part series from On the Media, host Brooke Gladstone will seek out the why and the wherefore — in search, ultimately, of a cure.
Co-published with The American Prospect. How medical-provider gouging burdens the homeless with debt and frustrates recovery.
Co-published with San Francisco Chronicle. Sleep deprivation haunts unhoused people, worsening the trauma that sometimes caused their unsheltered situations in the first place.
Co-published with The Huffington Post. Homelessness can’t be solved with fines and arrests.
Co-published with VICE. People across America are pitched what seems like a win-win: make your house more climate-friendly for little or no money down. Advocates say it's a nightmare.
Co-published with CityLimits.org, produced by the Bronx Photo League, a project of the Bronx Documentary Center. The city and residents of Bronx public housing developments in Claremont Village are ramping-up efforts to eliminate a years-long rat infestation.
Co-published with TalkPoverty.org. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey reveal the brutal treatment of previously homeless victims.
Co-published with WNYC Studios. Housing advocates are trying to take multi-pronged approach to manage what they see as the slow encroachment of gentrification.
Co-published with The Guardian. Don’t scoff: psychological and social science research supports that living amid the wealthy even when you are upper middle class is bad for your mental health.
Co-published with Bill Moyers & Company. For hundreds of families, home is a car in a quiet parking lot.
Co-published with Refinery29. An intimate look at life in this "hidden gem" within New York City, through the eyes of the young women who live there.
Co-published with The Nation. For hundreds of families, home is a car in a quiet parking lot.
Co-published with The Intercept. These are the people Donald Trump wants to have running our economy.
Co-published with The Establishment. After being heavily governed your whole life—told when to eat, when to sleep, when to come home—you’re suddenly set free to make your own choices. There is no other stop after foster care if you screw up—except for the emergency homeless shelter.
Co-published with The Advocate. The LGBT men and women who helped establish the modern identities of cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are getting pushed out.
Co-published with AlterNet. For the creative class, living in the cities that advance their aspirations means accepting a Faustian bargain.
Co-published with The New York Review of Books. The 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.
Co-published with The American Prospect. Diseases don’t respect borders, nor do they care about passports, citizenship, or residency.
Co-published with The Nation. Lenders discriminate against immigrants—and often, it’s perfectly legal.
Co-published with The Intercept. In Texas, state troopers have become frontline enforcers of federal immigration laws.
Co-published with KQED. What would our local arts communities look like without DACA?
Co-published with The Intercept. After 17 years in Houston, Escobar became one of more than 40,000 people arrested for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement between January and May under President Trump’s “bad hombres” pledge.
Co-published with The Intercept. With such a vast displaced population, Tijuana is a place where people who did not intend to live there learn to become a community.
Co-published with The Nation with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Photography by Alice Proujansky supported by EHRP. When only US wages can support families in the Global South, parents and children divide to survive.
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.
Co-published with The Guardian. Politicians 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?
Co-published with The Guardian. Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of income inequality in part because of the Church of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system, but it also ranks dead last for economic equality for women.
Co-published with The Guardian. As inequality has grown, American seniors have been exposed to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed.
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 River—unlike supplies for white ranchers.
Co-published with Longreads. Melissa Chadburn challenges her own belief that environmental justice issues are reserved for people of privilege.
Co-published with The Washington Post. Such a policy would increase retention of public servants, boost morale and serve as a ladder to millions of people who keep us safe, teach our kids and heal our wounds.
Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. The meaning of middle-class life has altered from something stable to implied economic fragility.
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.
Co-published with The New York Times. Who can appeal to the people who feel the most like they’ve gotten a raw deal?
Co-published with The Washington Post. If we really want to live in a world where such price cuts are useful, then we must reconsider whom they help.
Co-published with The Guardian. Inequality isn’t just changing the way we deal with economics – it’s perversely altering how we see ourselves and what we value.
Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s economic uncertainty can motivate people to change their allegiances and sensibilities.
Co-published with The Guardian. The middle class faces a uniquely American predicament: being ‘squeezed’ economically and psychologically.
Co-published with The Guardian. Local activists rely on crowdfunding sites to pay for basics – including school lunches.
Co-published with Esquire. The final cause for which King fought—income inequality—has devolved to crisis levels in the 50 years since his death.
Co-published with The Guardian. To satisfy an elitist, narrative fetish about ‘Trump Country’, photographers from outside have long ignored my region’s diversity
Published by The Cut. Maisie Crow's Jackson tells the story of the lack of abortion access in Mississippi, revisiting the only remaining clinic in the state which was the focus of her Emmy-nominated film The Last Clinic. Produced by Alissa Quart and Barbara Ehrenreich of EHRP.
Co-published with The New York Times Magazine. In 1975, 10 women filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that a Los Angeles medical center was systematically sterilizing Spanish-speaking mothers.
Co-published with The New York Times. Photography by Alice Proujansky supported by EHRP. In an effort to reframe reproductive care as a continuum that spans both birth and abortion, Buffalo Womenservices offers “full-spectrum reproductive health” services.