For Those In Foster Care, ‘The Time Of The Readiness’ Is Charged

For Those In Foster Care, ‘The Time Of The Readiness’ Is Charged

Melissa Chadburn

ESSAY

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.

A Better Alternative to For-Profit College

A Better Alternative to For-Profit College

Alissa Quart

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with TIME. The U.S. should focus on training programs for students, not profits.

What the American Working Class Really Looks Like

What the American Working Class Really Looks Like

Barbara Ehrenreich

NEWS | PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with Fusion. Photography by Alyssa Schukar. The Ft. Wayne Workers’ Project is uniting working class Americans of all beliefs, ethnicities and backgrounds.

The Hidden Poverty in Marijuana's Black Market

The Hidden Poverty in Marijuana's Black Market

Piper McDaniel

NEWS | PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with Huffington Post with additional support from Capital & Main. Photography by Talia Herman. As the timber industry collapsed, one Northern California town turned to marijuana.

Teachers Are Working for Uber Just to Keep a Foothold in the Middle Class

Teachers Are Working for Uber Just to Keep a Foothold in the Middle Class

Alissa Quart

NEWS | FEATURE

Co-published with The Nation. For the ride-share company, teacher/drivers are both a marketing coup and an exploitable labor force.

What Happens When LGBT People Are Priced Out of the Neighborhood?

What Happens When LGBT People Are Priced Out of the Neighborhood?

Katherine Stewart

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The AdvocateThe LGBT men and women who helped establish the modern identities of cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are getting pushed out.

Uncovering Forgotten African-American Graves

Uncovering Forgotten African-American Graves

Brian Palmer

PHOTOGRAPHY | MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with NarrativelyIn Richmond, Virginia, an overgrown cemetery had become a dreary dumpsite. Now a crew of volunteers is making sure these bygone lives don’t get lost to history.

Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents

Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents

Katherine Stewart

FEATURES | NEWS

Co-published with The Nation. Americans can’t afford to retire in the United States, so many are moving south of the border, trading one form of inequity for another.

The Childcare Gap is Widening

The Childcare Gap is Widening

Alissa Quart

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with TIME with additional support from Capital & Main. Middle class and rural parents are on the receiving end of an emerging type of system that could be called daycare inequality.

 

Jackson

Jackson

Maisie Crow

MULTIMEDIA

Film by Maisie Crow. Premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the LA Film Festival. Maisie Crow expands on her Emmy-nominated documentary The Last Clinic, revisiting the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi.

How Septic Tanks May Imperil this Florida Ecosystem

How Septic Tanks May Imperil this Florida Ecosystem

Lisa Desai and Yasmeen Qureshi

MULTIMEDIA | NEWS

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.

Why It's So Hard to Regulate Payday Lenders

Why It's So Hard to Regulate Payday Lenders

Astra Taylor

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The New YorkerGeorgia has long struggled to rein in payday lenders, but even ambitious regulations can’t always stop the predatory practice.

The Case for More Female Cops

The Case for More Female Cops

Sarah Smarsh

FEATURE | ESSAY

Co-published with Longreads. Nearly nine out of ten cops are men. Sarah Smarsh discusses the police force’s gender problem and a Wichita woman’s efforts inside the criminal justice system that failed her.

Want Police Reform? Charge Rich People More for Speeding Tickets

Want Police Reform? Charge Rich People More for Speeding Tickets

Astra Taylor

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The GuardianMunicipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.

The Class Politics of Decluttering

The Class Politics of Decluttering

Stephanie Land

ESSAY

This story originally appeared in The New York Times with support from EHRP. Minimalism is a virtue only when it’s a choice...For people who are not so well off, the idea of opting to have even less is not really an option.

Zen and the Art of Uber Driving

Zen and the Art of Uber Driving

John Koopman

NEWS | ESSAY

Co-published with Fast Company's Co.Exist with additional support from Capital & Main. I used to write for a newspaper. Now I'm an Uber driver: "Thanks to Uber, I am not poor. I am just ... nobody."

A Fighter Without Gloves: The Boxer's Sister

A Fighter Without Gloves: The Boxer's Sister

Zackary Canepari

MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with CNN's Great Big Story. Nineteen-year-old Briana Shields has lived much of her life in her sister Claressa’s shadow. Given the fact that her sister is boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, an Olympic gold medalist, that makes sense.

The Ballad of Harlan County

The Ballad of Harlan County

Elyssa East

FEATURE | NEWS

Co-published with Oxford American. Elyssa East grapples with the dichotomous legacies left by her family in Kentucky's coal country.

These Abandoned Black Cemeteries Were Long Forgotten — Until Now

These Abandoned Black Cemeteries Were Long Forgotten — Until Now

Brian Palmer

PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with BuzzFeed. A group of volunteers has been working to reclaim two neglected Virginia cemeteries from nature’s grasp.

Unequal Lives

Unequal Lives

Eric Alterman

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with Dissent MagazineOne of the most pressing causes of economic inequality is spatial inequality. But to solve this big problem, you first have to understand it.