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Co-published with The Atlantic. Though fast-casual chains have a certain do-gooder appeal, their working conditions aren’t much better than those at more traditional fast-food restaurants.
Co-published with Vox. Elizabeth Kadetsky writes about her sister's battle with addiction and recovery. In the end, says Kadetsky, "I can’t fix her — but she also can’t fix herself."
Co-published with BuzzFeed Books. The most successful contemporary novels about poverty and The American Dream are coming from Italy.
Co-published with Fusion. Anna Stubblefield was convicted of raping her disabled student. I have a problem with that.
Co-published with Vice. Companies like Vivos are building luxury shelters for the wealthy designed to survive the end of the world, whatever form that apocalypse takes.
Co-published with The Verge. Maia Szalavitz dispels the "firewater" fairytale that Native Americans are more likely to become alcoholics using scientific analysis and examining contributing environmental factors.
Co-published with the The New York Observer. Advocates for overweight Americans see wellness programs as thinly veiled fat discrimination.
Co-published with Vogue. Far from stuffy, punitive docudrama about the horrors of American debt, inequality entertainment like Mr. Robot is usually dystopian and quirkily comic.
Co-published with Harper's Magazine. Excerpt from Virginia Sole-Smith's feature in Harper's Magazine's October, 2015 issue.
Co-published with The New York Times. Joseph Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican from Brooklyn, documents the lives of families in conflict in the place of his ancestors.
Co-published with VICE. Today, cities borrow from the wealthy far more than they tax them, and Wall Street rakes in cash playing middleman. If our cities are broke, regular citizens aren't to blame.
Co-published with Fusion. Motels harbor the quasi-homeless seemingly as often as they serve as antidotes to driving off the road for the sleep-deprived.
Co-published with The Guardian. There’s something wrong with the fact that a relatively affluent person can afford to write about minimum wage jobs while people experiencing them can’t.
Co-published with The New York Times. A visual narrative for the Common Core, the educational initiative that has generated as much controversy as it has expectations.
Co-published with Jezebel. The story of these people was not one of a lack of resilience but of too many systems to navigate.
Co-published with Reuters. On May 26, Amazon announced 6,000 new full-time job openings at 19 of its distribution centers, but are these jobs worth lining up for?
Co-published with The Guardian. As inequality grows across the nation, are the rich becoming desensitized to the needs of the poor?
Co-published with Salon. Lean seasons had always been part of my writing life, but this time I was dead broke.
Co-published with Elle. Like hundreds of thousands of others with advanced educations, Brianne Bolin barely makes enough to feed herself and her son.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.
Co-published with The New York Times. Alice Proujansky's photography accompanied by Alissa Quart's writing. The difficulty of obtaining good, affordable day care is well known as a problem afflicting the working poor. But increasingly, middle- and upper-middle-class parents are finding that day care is hard to find or access and that even when it is available it is startlingly costly.
Co-published with Mother Jones. Nearly 1.4 million American households live on $2 per person. Gabriel Thompson reports from one of the nation's poorest areas.