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The Price We Pay for Mass Incarceration

Put another way, the supposition on which our mass incarceration is premised—namely, that it materially reduces crime—is, at best, a hunch. Yet the …

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when …

Crime

Bullying junior medical staff is one way to harm patients – Ilana Yurkiewicz

He comes to the operating room late, greets no one, and berates the nurse for not setting up the stepstools the way he likes. He tells the resident …

Logging

Overkill

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?<p>It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught …

Definitive Online Dating Guide: 12 Facts to Get You a Date | DateHookup

Dating is weird. It can be fun, terrible, exciting, hard — the adjectives used to describe it are endless. But this guide was created to help you …

Why Are Palo Alto's Kids Killing Themselves?

<b>Along the quiet, manicured streets of Palo Alto,</b> million-dollar ranch homes twinkle with tastefully strung holiday lights. In one of the front yards, …

Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth?

Metal-Mouths<p>America’s obsession with perfecting its teeth.<p>Photographs by Bobby Doherty<p>“<b>Start check!” a technician</b> called, and Dr. Ben Burris stood up …

Dentistry

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.'s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?<p><b>Pam Crawford first</b> saw M.C. nine years ago, on an adoption website …

Gender

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

There are things about women that most men would just as soon never discuss. The stirrups in a gynecologist’s office, for one; the tampon aisle at …

Feminism

All the Single Ladies

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is …

The Case Against Kids

Is procreation immoral?<p>In 1832, Charles Knowlton, a doctor in Ashfield, Massachusetts, published a short book with a long title: “Fruits of Philosophy: The Private Companion of Young Married People, by a Physician.” Knowlton, who was thirty-one, was a “freethinker” and, by the standards of the …

My adolescent daughter and the mirroring of myself – Marina Benjamin

Every few weeks my daughter and I stand back-to-back in the kitchen, socks off, our bare feet cooling on the tiled floor, and we measure up. I can …

Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair

2014 holiday card photo.<p><b>Part One: Family as Rorschach Test</b><p>Browsing through babyGap, checking out at Whole Foods, waiting in the security line at the …

Amy Gastelum: Miscarriage or Murder?

Purvi Patel's conviction in Indiana sets a dangerous precedent for using feticide laws to persecute women.

Pregnancy

Wealth makes men faithful while poverty makes women choosy – Naomi Cahn June Carbone

We’re both happily married law professors who followed the same trajectory. We graduated from college, became established in our professions, got …

Falling: Love and Marriage in a Conservative Indian Family

<i>Debie Thomas | River Teeth | Summer 2013 | 17 minutes (4,194 words)</i><p>River TeethFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share an …

Unwanted Alive

►<p>Hector Barajas ironing his dress blues at the TJ support house. He dresses in uniform to protest at the border on behalf of deported vets.<p>In a …

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. - Vox

Up until about a year ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves.<p>The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers …