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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.
Co-published with TIME. The U.S. should focus on training programs for students, not profits.
Co-published with The Nation. For the ride-share company, teacher/drivers are both a marketing coup and an exploitable labor force.
Co-published with The Advocate. The LGBT men and women who helped establish the modern identities of cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are getting pushed out.
Co-published with Narratively. In 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.
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.
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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.
Co-published with The New Yorker. Georgia has long struggled to rein in payday lenders, but even ambitious regulations can’t always stop the predatory practice.
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.
Co-published with The Guardian. Municipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.
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.
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.
Co-published with Oxford American. Elyssa East grapples with the dichotomous legacies left by her family in Kentucky's coal country.
Co-published with BuzzFeed. A group of volunteers has been working to reclaim two neglected Virginia cemeteries from nature’s grasp.