Mayara Verissimo

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Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.<p>RECIFE, Brazil — When Ivana Borges learned she was …

Brazil: a role model for development?

Brazil isn't getting the best press at the moment, with ongoing problems with the construction of the World Cup stadiums and protests about public services. Recently economic growth in the country has slowed, with some commentators arguing the recent government response sounds "the death knell for …

The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms

How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world's stalls<p>When Oprah Winfrey served on a Chicago jury in 2004, she couldn’t go to the bathroom attached to the jury room unless her fellow jurors sang to drown out the noise. One of the songs they sang was …

Segregation Now ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.<p>Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he’d bothered. But last …

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?<p>These days, he is an <i>autoclaustrato</i>, a self-cloistered contemplative in an order with a membership of one.<p>His name is still Benedict, 15 months after he renounced the …

The Pirate Economy

<b>A</b>s recently as the early 2000s, piracy on Africa’s eastern coast was a small-time affair. Since then, the pirate economy has gone berserk. Somalia’s dilapidated legal infrastructure, along with the defenselessness of cargo ships, meant easy money for a time: the number of hijackings exploded in the …

Hacking Traditional College Debate's White-Privilege Problem

Minority participants aren't just debating resolutions—the<p>It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and …

Creating Monsters: How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Rest of Us

A new PBS documentary takes us inside a Maine prison, where inmates and officials are locked in a grim and self-defeating embrace.<p>You need to watch only the first five minutes of <i>Solitary Nation</i>, the first of two Frontline documentaries that will air on PBS starting Tuesday. The inmates, corrections …

Ordinary Americans are powerless, but the US isn’t really an oligarchy

It’s not that ordinary Americans never get what they want from the political system. It’s just that they only get what they want if the elites want the same thing.<p>A recent paper from Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page is making a splash with the claim that they’ve assembled …

Political Science

A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

Why Does Boston Hold a Marathon on Patriot's Day?

The Boston Marathon isn't just an athletic event—it's a celebration of America’s democratic republic.<p>On the third Monday in April each year, the people of Massachusetts celebrate Patriots' Day with the running of the Boston Marathon. It may seem incongruous to mark the anniversary of the American …