An afternoon with Starbucks customers in the armpit of California.

“Don sucked the last of his drink through his straw and licked his lips. 'The coast, to me, is more interesting than the valley.'”
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A racial education
Fred Morton, who died this week in Vienna, at the age of 90, was a longtime contributor to Harper's Magazine and a good friend. "Othello's Son," which was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013, appeared in our September 2013 issue.
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William Bratton and the new police state
“By the time Bratton left the department, in 2009, Los Angeles had quietly become the most spied-on city in America.”
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A country strips 210,000 of citizenship
“How is it possible that my birth certificate is invalid if I was born here?”
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Digging for dark matter in an abandoned mine
“Gaitskell and his colleagues are approaching the revelation of a new order, a new universe, in which even light will be known differently, and darkness as well.”
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Number of African countries with vaccination rates higher than that of the United States:

16

Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.

A farmer in Surrey, England, was ordered by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to tear down his cannon-equipped castle, which he had built secretly and then concealed behind hay bales.

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Postcard — April 23, 2015, 8:00 am

Driving the San Joaquin Valley

An afternoon with Starbucks customers in the armpit of California.

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Weekly Review — April 21, 2015, 8:00 am

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A suicide bomber kills 35 people at a bank in Jalalabad, Hillary Clinton doesn’t tip at Chipotle, and a chiropractor admits to bartering treatments for sex

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Publisher's Note — April 16, 2015, 3:51 pm

The Grind and the Gun

“Attributing white-on-black violence entirely to racism misses the larger problems that poorer people face in this country. They suffer a thousand cuts that never get talked about, except when the victims bleed to death.”

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Introducing the May Issue

Petra Bartosiewicz investigates William Bratton’s data-driven policing tactics, Kent Meyers follows particle physicists on their quest for dark matter, and more

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Weekly Review — April 14, 2015, 8:00 am

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Michael Slager is charged with murder, Hillary Clinton declares her candidacy for president, and a Utah television personality gets probation for kicking a barn owl

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From the Magazine — April 13, 2015, 10:49 am

Eight Years of Hill?

No way, no how!

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Postcard — April 10, 2015, 8:00 am

Vegas Odds

An evening of gambling with the “Johnny Lunch Buckets” at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

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Goodluck Jonathan becomes the first Nigerian president to lose an election, Boy Scouts hires its first openly gay camp counselor in New York, and a study finds that people who love grilled cheese have more sex

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Weekly Review — March 31, 2015, 8:00 am

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Utah reinstates the firing squad, the United Kingdom holds its first same-sex prison wedding, and Pope Francis announces he will auction off a Kia Soul

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