Postcard — September 18, 2019, 10:30 am

Seeking Asylum

Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

Postcard — August 28, 2019, 11:00 am

Alternative Medicine

In Russia, doctors master a new clinical skill: listening and talking with empathy

Postcard — July 11, 2019, 10:57 am

In the Drink

Known unknowns in the Cape Fear River

Postcard — July 10, 2019, 2:20 pm

Horizontal World

After rebuilding Fraguas, a town destroyed under Franco, Spanish squatters face eviction

Postcard — June 19, 2019, 10:07 am

English Referendums and Scotch Voters

After years of post-Brexit uncertainty, Scotland’s independence movement has become resurgent

Postcard — May 16, 2019, 12:05 pm

The Wrong Side of History

Left to the tender mercies of the state, a group of veterans and their families continue to reside in a shut-down town

Postcard — April 10, 2019, 11:13 am

Civic Virtues

Green-Wood Cemetery, where objectionable statues are laid to rest

Postcard — March 27, 2019, 9:58 am

Oil and Water

Olive farmers confront climate change in the West Bank

Postcard — March 7, 2019, 1:34 pm

The Blood Is Still There

Marking the unspeakable at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre

Postcard — February 20, 2019, 12:49 pm

Not in My Backyard

Amid Berlin’s affordable housing shortage, urban gardens have been sowing unrest

Postcard — January 16, 2019, 10:00 am

Close to Home

Liberia’s unmarked graves

Postcard — January 2, 2019, 10:42 am

Brazil on the Eve of Authoritarian Rule

It’s all true: life in Belo Horizonte before the election of Jair Bolsonaro

Postcard — December 5, 2018, 10:00 am

The Shapes of Stones

The careful act of paying respects to kin while under curfew in Kashmir

Postcard — November 29, 2018, 2:48 pm

Tipping Point

In Jharkhand, women take on the timber mafia

Postcard — October 31, 2018, 2:08 pm

The Haunting of Western Pennsylvania

Groan if you’ve heard this one before: the Halloween boom in the Rust Belt

Postcard — October 17, 2018, 10:00 am

The Things They Carried

Relying on personal effects and DNA, forensic scientists work to identify undocumented migrants who passed away in South Texas

Postcard — October 3, 2018, 1:44 pm

Tiny Sparks

A Paris photo agency transitions to the digital age

Postcard — September 20, 2018, 11:08 am

Indistinguishable from Magic

Dynamicland seeks to free us from our devices—through technology

Postcard — September 20, 2018, 10:10 am

Hot, Silent, and Brand New

Back and forth across the Phoenix sprawl in triple-digit heat

Postcard — August 3, 2018, 11:16 am

The Grunts of the System

In the face of zero tolerance and family separation, public defenders in Texas are using novel arguments in the hopes of assisting asylum-seekers


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Secrets and Lies·

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In 1973, when Barry Singer was a fifteen-year-old student at New York’s Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the vice principal, Rabbi George Finkelstein, stopped him in a stairwell. Claiming he wanted to check his tzitzit—the strings attached to Singer’s prayer shawl—Finkelstein, Singer says, pushed the boy over the third-floor banister, in full view of his classmates, and reached down his pants. “If he’s not wearing tzitzit,” Finkelstein told the surrounding children, “he’s going over the stairs!”

“He played it as a joke, but I was completely at his mercy,” Singer recalled. For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again.

Seeking Asylum·

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Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

Poem for Harm·

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Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

Good Bad Bad Good·

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About fifteen years ago, my roommate and I developed a classification system for TV and movies. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Good-Good; Bad-Good; Good-Bad; Bad-Bad. The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof.

Some taxonomies were inarguable. The O.C., a Fox series about California rich kids and their beautiful swimming pools, was delightfully Good-Bad. Paul Haggis’s heavy-handed morality play, Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, was gallingly Bad-Good. The films of Francois Truffaut, Good-Good; the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Bad-Bad.

Life after Life·

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I spent thirty-eight years in prison and have been a free man for just under two. After killing a man named Thomas Allen Fellowes in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight in 1980, when I was nineteen years old, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Former California governor Jerry Brown commuted my sentence and I was released in 2017, five days before Christmas. The law in California, like in most states, grants the governor the right to alter sentences. After many years of advocating for the reformation of the prison system into one that encourages rehabilitation, I had my life restored to me.

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A recent earthquake in Chile was found to have shifted the city of Concepción ten feet to the west, shortened Earth’s days by 1.26 microseconds, and shifted the planet’s axis by nearly three inches.

A solid-gold toilet named “America” was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, England.

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