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The Apple Pickers of the Yakima Valley

The Apple Pickers of the Yakima Valley

David Bacon

PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with The AtlanticA photo essay Scenes from the daily lives of farmworkers in central Washington

Homework Inequality

Homework Inequality

Alissa Quart

ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Atlantic with additional support from Capital & Main. When it comes to schoolwork, there is a chasm separating students with parents who have predictable work schedules from those whose parents don’t.

Here Come the Public-School Consultants

Here Come the Public-School Consultants

Alissa Quart

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The AtlanticUrban school systems are now so confusing—and so unequal—that parents are hiring private experts to help them figure out where to send their kids.

The Twisted Plasma Business

The Twisted Plasma Business

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

ESSAY

Co-published with The Atlantic. Darryl Lorenzo Wellington reports on the multi-billion dollar plasma donation industry, including his own experience “plassing” for cash.

My Life as a Retail Worker

My Life as a Retail Worker

Joseph Williams

FEATURE | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Atlantic. After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day.

An Easier Path to College Credit

An Easier Path to College Credit

Kavitha Cardoza

FEATURE

Co-published with The Atlantic. Leila Yusuf is an immigrant who fled to the United States 19 years ago, during the civil war in Somalia. She’s 37 years old, has three children, and works as a shuttle bus driver in Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle. She longs for a “better job, better life” where she can make more than the minimum wage.

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich

FEATURE | ANALYSIS

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.

The GED is About to Get Much Harder

The GED is About to Get Much Harder

Kavitha Cardoza

FEATURE

Co-published with The Atlantic. The new version of the exam has tougher questions and a higher registration fee--plus it requires computer proficiency.

The Last Clinic

The Last Clinic

Maisie Crow

MULTIMEDIA | FEATURE | ANALYSIS

Co-published with Atavist. Written excerpt in The Atlantic by Alissa Quart. Photos in Wired and Slate. Quart's reported piece accompanies Crow's Emmy-nominated documentary The Last Clinic.

The Truancy Trap

The Truancy Trap

Annette Fuentes

FEATURE

Co-published with The Atlantic. Courts are hitting students with harsh penalties and collecting millions of dollars in fines. But are they addressing the real problems?