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Teachers, EMTs, Firefighters and Other American Heroes Deserve a Tax Break

Teachers, EMTs, Firefighters and Other American Heroes Deserve a Tax Break

David Wallis

ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Washington Post. Such a policy would increase retention of public servants, boost morale and serve as a ladder to millions of people who keep us safe, teach our kids and heal our wounds.

Buying a New Purse? This Startup Wants to Help You Pay For It — But Could Also Get You Into Debt.

Buying a New Purse? This Startup Wants to Help You Pay For It — But Could Also Get You Into Debt.

Susie Cagle

MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with Vox. Afterpay is the latest company to target young shoppers looking for a deal.

Money Talks, But Does Anyone Understand What It's Saying?

Money Talks, But Does Anyone Understand What It's Saying?

Rich Benjamin

ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Los Angeles Times. Nowhere is the power of language so stealthy and destructive as the world of high finance.

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. The meaning of middle-class life has altered from something stable to implied economic fragility.

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

Gloria Diaz

FEATURES

Co-published with In These Times. This wasn’t the life I had envisioned for myself: part blue-collar worker, part professional, unable to fit in fully in either realm. I wonder if a piecemeal living of part-time work, no benefits and looming student loans is as good as it will get.

A Stay at Kings County

A Stay at Kings County

Charlie Gross

PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with The New York Review of Books. While for some their stays at Kings County may pave the way back to stability, many have daunting prognoses and face a healthcare system that all but guarantees future trips back to the psych ER. 

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Alissa Quart

FEATURES

Co-published with The New York Times. Who can appeal to the people who feel the most like they’ve gotten a raw deal?

To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

Lori Teresa Yearwood

FEATURES

Co-published with San Francisco Chronicle. Sleep deprivation haunts unhoused people, worsening the trauma that sometimes caused their unsheltered situations in the first place.

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Elyssa East

FEATURES

Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailed.

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Anna Louie Sussman

FEATURES

Co-published with The Guardian. Foundations are now helping couples and individuals seeking fertility treatments.

Corporate-Feminist Self-Help Was Always A Scam

Corporate-Feminist Self-Help Was Always A Scam

Alissa Quart

CULTURE

Co-published with Bitch Media. There is a clear link between the bestseller that hectored women to demand more from themselves in the workplace and the Facebook executive who ignored warnings about disinformation campaigns infiltrating the network.

Professors are Selling their Plasma to Pay Bills. Let's Hold Colleges' Feet to the Fire

Professors are Selling their Plasma to Pay Bills. Let's Hold Colleges' Feet to the Fire

Alissa Quart

ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Guardian. If you like your coffee fair trade, why not your children’s school ‘fair labor’? Here’s a simple but effective proposal.

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

Ross Barkan

FEATURES

Co-published with NBC. Millions of Americans are in danger of entering their final decades unable to afford ballooning medical bills and cost-of-living expenses.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

David Wallis

FEATURES

Co-published with The Washington Post. If we really want to live in a world where such price cuts are useful, then we must reconsider whom they help.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Tom Zoellner

FEATURES

Co-published with The LA Times. The dollar store has thrown a lifeline of food and capital to impoverished pockets, but how much quality is in that lifeline?