Sam Baldwin

Sam Baldwin

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Sam Baldwin is the Online Editor at Mother Jones. Before joining MoJo, Sam worked on the finance team for the 2008 Obama campaign. A proud Chicagoan, Sam loves flat-water canoeing, home-brewed beer, and consistently winning his fantasy football league. He is a graduate of Pomona College and lives in Oakland.

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Watch: How Election Day Played on MoJo's Homepage

| Thu Nov. 8, 2012 4:20 PM PST

If you spent much time on MotherJones.com over the last few days you probably noticed our homepage looked a little different than usual. Election Day was a culminating event for the reporters and editors here, who've been busting their humps to cover the long-running campaign, from the GOP primary circus to the conventions to the voter suppression tactics and problems at polling places on Tuesday. So we went big and splashed the homepage with a touch of tabloid—including a moment of particular pride around here, after Obama officially clinched 47 percent of the vote and then some. You can see all our headlines from Election Day, starting with "Endless Lines" and proceeding in chronological order, in the GIF below. Thanks for spending this election cycle with us. You guys are the best.

mother jones home page election day

Your Weekend Longreads List on Bullying

| Sat May. 12, 2012 12:05 AM PDT

longreadsWith bullying in the news this week after the Washington Post's investigation into Mitt Romney's private school years (more on this here, here, and here), I polled the Mother Jones newsroom for their favorite long-form journalism on bullying. For more long-form picks from the MoJo staff check out our shiny new page on longreads.com. For more long stories from the pages of Mother Jones, check out our longreads archive. And, of course, if you're not following @longreads and @motherjones on Twitter yet, get on that. Have a great weekend, readers!



"What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?" | Emily Bazelon |  Slate | July 2010

Bazelon has owned the bully beat over at Slate the last few years and this deeply reported and brave series pushed back on the initial narrative of the Phoebe Prince suicide. 

"I'm upset and angry that bullying wasn't taken more seriously here before this," says Nina, almost 16, who was taunted for being a "poseur" by a group of girls in middle school. (I have changed the names of kids who talked to me but have not already been identified in the press.) But Phoebe's death "has been turned into this Lifetime movie plot. It's so unlike what actually happened."

Recommended by Mother Jones co-editor Monika Bauerlein.
 

Queer and Loathing: Does the Foster Care System Bully Gay Kids? | Jason Cherkis | Mother Jones | November 2010

The crisis facing gay foster kids told through the story of Kenneth Jones.

As a gay foster child in Washington, DC, Kenneth spent most of his weekends alone. By the summer of 2009, the isolation had gotten so bad that he'd started calling his cell-phone carrier's help line with imaginary complaints, just so he could vent to somebody about something. He would even text himself encouraging messages, like "Good job," or "Damn you so strong."

Recommended by senior editor Michael Mechanic.

"How to Bully Children" | Sarah Miller | The Awl | March 2012

A hilarious and moving account of the writer's experience sitting in on an anti-bullying class for 5th graders.

In an attempt to convey that I have literally nothing to do with the world of punishment and rewards that they currently inhabit, I add, out of laziness more than anything else, "I'm totally cool." This is a mistake.

Recommended by creative director Tim J Luddy and social media intern Nicole Pasulka.
 

"A Boy's Life: For Matthew Shepard's Killers, What Does it Take to Pass as a Man?" | JoAnn Wypijewski | Harper's | September 1999

Recommended by co-editor Clara Jeffery.
 

"The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Michele Bachmann's District" | Stephanie Mencimer | Mother Jones | July 2011

Two years. Nine suicides. Why critics blame the congresswoman's anti-gay allies for contributing to a mental health crisis.

The first was TJ. Then came Samantha, Aaron, Nick, and Kevin. Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann—the latest in May—and many more students have attempted to take their lives. State public health officials have labeled the area a "suicide contagion area" because of the unusually high death rate.

Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were reportedly bullied. And the anti-gay activists who are some of the congresswoman's closest allies stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis and fostering a climate of intolerance that allowed bullying to flourish. Bachmann, meanwhile, has been uncharacteristically silent on the tragic deaths that have roiled her district—including the high school that she attended.

Recommended by online editor Sam Baldwin.

Watch Young Steve Jobs Unveil Apple Macintosh in 1984

| Wed Oct. 5, 2011 5:51 PM PDT

From YouTube:

"Demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, January 1984, in front of 3000 people. Andy Hertzfeld captured the moment quite well in his retelling: 'Pandemonium reigns as the demo completes. Steve has the biggest smile I've ever seen on his face, obviously holding back tears as he is overwhelmed by the moment. The ovation continues for at least five minutes before he quiets the crowd down.'"

A few months later, in 1984, Mother Jones published a short piece about Jobs' upstart company and its now famous "1984" ad. It contains this quote, from an employee at Apple's advertising agency at the time: "There's a residual feeling on the part of corporate computer buyers that Apple builds computers for people, not for companies." Sounds about right. Read the full piece here: Apple's Free Spirits Vs. Big Blue's Meanies.

And we'd be remiss if we didn't link to this classic from the Steve Jobs personality cult cannon, in which the world's most famous businessman responds to customer service queries. RIP Steve.

Update: This video of Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement address is making the rounds on Facebook. From the speech, delivered about 10 months after he'd undergone successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
 

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