About five years ago, Kat decided to stop taking her birth control pills. She wanted to give her menstrual cycle a chance to return to normal before trying to get pregnant in the future—and anyway, she was beginning to have some doubts about the Pill. Her friends had been talking …
An obscure law is sending Oklahoma mothers to prison in droves. We reviewed 1.5 million cases to learn more.
In Oklahoma, failure to protect is the only child abuse charge levied predominantly against women, and it is disproportionately charged against women of color. People charged with the crime there are less likely to have a previous felony record than defendants in firsthand child abuse cases—a sign of just how …
Why is a mother serving more time than the man who abused her daughter?
When my colleague Ryan Little and I conducted a groundbreaking review of the state’s court records, we identified hundreds of people who were charged under the law since 2009, when a new version of the statute went into effect. While the language of these laws refers to parents, prosecutors overwhelmingly …
Nearly half of all Americans live in states where abortion may soon be banned
Almost half of all Americans could lose access to abortion in their states if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, an outcome that seems all the more likely after a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion was published on Monday, sparking protests and calls to enshrine the landmark ruling …
Monsters of 2021: Fancy government charts with no raw data
This monster always rears its ugly head just when I think I’m getting what I want: a public dataset that could shed light on some injustice or terror in the world. At first it looks alluring. It’s usually a government database presented in a veritable theme park of graphs and …
Simon & Schuster will distribute Jan. 6 report with foreword by conspiracy theorist
Simon & Schuster has announced that it will distribute the final report of the congressional committee investigating the insurrection. But this edition of the report will come with a foreword from Darren Beattie—a January 6 conspiracy theorist.
The man behind the Texas abortion ban now has an even more radical plan to reshape American law
When conservative legal provocateur Jonathan Mitchell published his 2018 law review article laying the groundwork for Texas to ban most abortions, some of the ideas he outlined were so far-fetched that they read more like thought experiments than legitimate legal theories.
How income inequality is messing with kids' brains
With its bright colors, anthropomorphic animal motif, and nautical-themed puzzle play mat, Dr. Kimberly Noble’s laboratory at Columbia University looks like your typical day care center—save for the team of cognitive neuroscientists observing kids from behind a large two-way mirror. The Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development Lab is home to …
We uncovered the impact of GOP voting restrictions in one key state. It's staggering.
A new data analysis by Mother Jones shows that the number of voters disenfranchised by rejected mail ballot applications skyrocketed after the GOP-controlled legislature passed sweeping new restrictions on mail voting last year. The law enacted in March 2021 shortened the time people have to request and return mail ballots, …
Is turning chicken poop into fuel a good idea?
When Wayne Morra bought six acres of land hedged by rolling cornfields in 1999, he was looking for some peace. A single father and a nursing instructor at Delaware Technical Community College, Morra considered his new home, in the tiny town of Greenwood, Delaware, a refuge from the bustle and …
How Purdue Pharma paid out to politicians and pill-pushers
Before it was dissolved this fall, Purdue Pharma made billions selling the painkillers behind the overdose crisis while giving millions to patient advocacy groups, doctors’ organizations, and academia—spending that effectively served as an OxyContin marketing blitz. Yet the details of this largesse have long been murky. Congressional and media investigations …
NEW EVIDENCE: Trump extremists brought numerous guns to the Capitol on January 6
For more than eight months, Republican lawmakers have sought to rewrite the harrowing events of January 6. They have continually whitewashed the assault on the US Capitol despite copious footage showing mobs of Trump supporters ransacking Congress, threatening to kill Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and …
Dear rich white friends: the pandemic isn't a vacation
“Have they been quarantining?” we ask when deciding if someone’s safe for our roommate to kiss. The subtext is, “can they afford to?”; if not, they can’t come to our party.
How Native Tribes Starting Winning at the Supreme Court
This may be the dawn of a new judicial era, catalyzed by the Tribal Supreme Court Project and by new justices whose opinions reflect an evolving understanding of Indian law and history.
The reckoning is about more than police violence
Giving Native American communities their due might seem even more difficult than defunding the cops—but in a time when police stations have been torched and abandoned, everything is up for grabs.
What will replace the Minneapolis police? The city's Native American community has some ideas.
Compared to the police, Forcia says AIM Patrol has “a more hands-on, personal approach” to safety. “You do it with kindness and generosity, but you always have to be alert.” Though the reality is that some communities prefer armed patrols, Forcia emphasizes that real peace arises when people’s needs are …
Talking to Rebecca Solnit about fairy tales and COVID-19
"I don’t think the world of January 1, 2020 will ever exist again. There will be losses and there will be gains, and a lot of it is up to us to improvise and demand and prevent and orchestrate as we go forward."
Why we love to hate, and hate to love, Drake
While not afraid to show emotion, Drake’s music glorifies ego-drunk, patronizing maleness. It’s not that he’s soft; it’s that he uses the softness as a weapon, a sort of predatory vulnerability.
How SZA got us through the 2010's
“I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike,” she crooned sardonically. “I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.” SAME, girl, I thought to myself, a non-binary mess, lighting another spliff in the bathtub.
The tiny Indigenous village that ground Canada to a halt
“We shut down railways and highways because they’re just like the pipelines,” says Mohawk elder Kahentinetha Horn. “They transport Native-owned resources that we’ve never given up.”
Keystone XL is back. The anti-pipeline movement is ready.
TC Energy’s refusal to admit defeat has led many environmental leaders to nickname the project, first commissioned in 2010, “the zombie pipeline”: no matter how many times they kill it, it rears its head again.
The Spirit of Oaxaca
In the dusty hills of Oaxaca, Mexico, not much grows well besides the prickly agave plant. For generations, families in isolated towns like Santa Ana del Rio have transformed the plant into a local specialty: mezcal. But despite a mastery of the craft, it’s been hard for mezcaleros to make …
The solution to California's wildfire problem lies in Indigenous wisdom
Tripp would like to see tens of thousands more acres in his tribe’s region burned. “We’ve got people on hand who are ready and qualified, it’s right on our homelands, and we’ve been doing this for millennia. But as long as we’re relying on someone else to make the decision …
The raucous, colorful protest that shut down “Wall Street West”
Leidesdorff Street, a shadowy corridor stretching just three blocks, is hardly the hub of San Francisco’s downtown Financial District. Yet for a few hours on Wednesday morning, a lively climate change protest swept through the alley, turning it into the front line in the fight for divestment—a movement to force …