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Depression Steals Your Soul and Then it Takes Your Friends

It's so easy to cut off a friend who is persistently difficult, self-absorbed, nasty, and decidedly "other." Especially if they cut themselves off first.<p>Depression is a thief. It'll rob you of your time, your thoughts, and your sense of self. But before all of that, it'll take your friends.<p>Unlike …

Mental Health

The Son I’ll Never Have

The son I’ll never have is crossing the lawn. He is lying on an imaginary bed,<p>the coverlet pulled up over his knees—knees I don’t dare describe.<p>I …

Radiohead's full discography getting vinyl reissue

<b>Radiohead</b>‘s full discography will be getting a vinyl reissue courtesy of XL, as Modern Vinyl points out. The albums — which include <i>Pablo Honey</i>, <i>The</i> …

Elisabeth Moss Will Star in an Adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood fans, rejoice! According to the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, Elisabeth Moss will star in a made-for-Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s …

The Divorce Gap

There’s a common perception that women siphon off the wealth of their exes and go on to live in comfort. It’s wrong.<p>A 38-year-old woman living in Everett, Washington recently told me that nine years ago, she had a well-paying job, immaculate credit, substantial savings, and a happy marriage. When …

London School of Economics

In Things We Already Knew, People Who Buy Vinyl Don't Actually Listen to It

Adele's new album probably sounds great on vinyl, but you probably haven't played it.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Clay Rossner</i><p>Alright boys and girls, dust off your dad's old record player, head to your closest Urban Outfitters and purchase that Black Keys record you've wanted "like forever" but don't actually …

Turntables

'I Don't Know Whether to Kiss You or Spank You': A Half Century of Fear of an Unspanked Woman

In early 1946, a woman from Carmel, California wrote the Hollywood fan magazine <i>Screenland</i> to say how much she had enjoyed the recent Christmas …

Talking Housing Segregation And Chicago With WBEZ's Natalie Y. Moore

There's a strong argument to be made that Chicago's South Side is the cultural capital of black America, a place that a far-reaching who's who of black luminaries have called home — Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Ida B. Wells, Barack Obama. But even as the South Side has played a key role in the …

Housing

Is It OK To Vote For Hillary Clinton Because She's A Woman?

A listener named Josh recently sent us a clip of him talking politics with his daughter, Penelope. The bit that caught our attention (and that we highlighted in our last weekly roundup podcast) was where Penelope finds out that a "girl" is running for president, then insists that her father vote …

Feminism

The Sovereignty of Women

In less than a year, the United States may well inaugurate its first female President. This outcome isn’t inevitable, but it’s a few blocks uptown of probable. If the delegate leads of the front-runners hold, if their Conventions don’t unseat them, and if the latest polls are to be believed, …

Government

5 Things You Should Know About Merle Haggard

His career spanned the famous Bakersfield sound, the outlaw era, and 38 No. 1 hits on the country music charts. Now comes word that Merle Haggard has died Wednesday — his 79th birthday.<p>Haggard gave voice to people living hard-scrabble lives, and it was a voice he came by honestly. Born in 1937 in …

Country Music

Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion

When Andrea Diaz was applying to colleges, she got good news and bad news. The good news was that American University, a private four-year university in Washington, D.C., wanted her. The bad news was that it required her to come to campus early to take two summer developmental-level courses in math …

High School

As states' work mandates kick in, tens of thousands of people lose food stamps

As many as 1 million Americans will stop receiving food stamps this year, the consequence of a controversial work mandate that took effect this week in 21 states as the economy improves.<p>The revival of the mandate, which was hotly debated when adopted in the 1990s, is reigniting a discussion among …

21 Spoken word poets to know for National Poetry Month

Since April is National Poetry Month, allow these 21 spoken word artists to help you celebrate with their brilliant performance poetry.<p>1. Zora …

New Changes By the FDA Will Make Abortion Pills Easier to Access

The U.S. Food and Drug Association has approved new label changes for mifepristone—the drug used with misoprostol to induce abortions—that will make …

If you grew up poor, your college degree may be worth less

The payoff for a college degree is much less for those who grew up poor than for those who did not. Photo by baona via Getty ImagesThe results of a …

College & University

Trump Backtracks On Comments About Abortion And 'Punishment' For Women

Donald Trump said women who undergo abortions should be punished if the procedure is made illegal. In an interview for a town hall meeting to air on MSNBC Wednesday night, Trump said "there has to be some form of punishment" for women.<p>While most Republican officeholders and candidates oppose …

Donald Trump

In African-American Communities, Growing Interest In Home-Schooling

On a quiet street in Detroit, light pours into the back windows of the Kirksey home. In the back of the house the walls are lined with textbooks, workbooks and multicultural children's books. It's a home — but it's also a classroom.<p>Brandon, 8, is wearing pajamas and a paper crown from Burger King. …

Dining Rooms

new NYC fest The Grid has been canceled

<b>The Grid</b>, the new high-concept festival/“music initiative” set for the first week of May, <b>has been canceled</b>. The official statement:<p>It is with a very …

The bestselling singles of all-time – reranked by streaming stats

How do Elvis, Bing Crosby and Mariah fare if you take Spotify’s data into consideration? We’ve rewritten the record books to take account of modern listening habits<p>The music industry, traditionally, has been built on measurements. It used to measure physical sales – the charts – but that has …

Sam Smith

10 Seconds At A Time, A Teacher Tries Snapchat To Engage Students

What's the first step of learning?<p>Paying attention.<p>Which may be hard for students to do when they're constantly peeking at their phones. So, as the adage goes: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<p>One app that teachers are embracing is Snapchat. That's the one where you send a video or picture, and then …

Teaching
College & University
Ireland

A Path 'To Debt Relief' For Defrauded Corinthian Students

U.S. Education Secretary John King announced findings of fraud against 91 separate campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges at a press conference in Boston today.<p>"Corinthian was more worried about profits than about students' lives," said Secretary King.<p>The announcement is intended to smooth …

College & University

Donald Trump has one core philosophy: misogyny

Donald Trump holds one core belief. It’s not limited government. He favored a state takeover of health care before he was against it. Nor is it …

Donald Trump

Why We Need Kate Millett's 'Sexual Politics'

One morning in 1970, on a day she was to speak at Emory University, Kate Millett—erstwhile sculptor, recent Ph.D. student, and now, to her chagrin, …

Feminism

Spring 2016

Welcome once again to the Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases, our seasonal guide to new music. Four times a year, we round up a list of albums, singles, EPs, reissues, and more arriving in the coming months. This installment covers spring 2016. Please note that release dates may …

David Bowie

Is Prostitution Just Another Job?

Chelsea Lane was a freshman at Reed, the esteemed liberal-arts college in Portland, Oregon, when she first became ­interested in sex work. Someone in …

Cuba