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- Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.
- It’s insanity to kill your father with a kitchen knife. It’s also insanity to close hospitals, fire therapists, and leave families to face mental illness on their own.
- Access Hollywood
- Lights, camera, super-PAC! How DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg became the Democrats’ high-grossing showbiz money man.
Pretty soon, super-savvy robots will give you a life of leisure. They’ll just be stealing your job first.
- Stay Gold
No big endorsements, no reality TV, no cereal boxes. Ten months after bringing home Olympic gold, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields just keeps fighting.
- Return to Sender
The growing evangelical adoption movement places desperate orphans with Jesus-loving families. The match isn’t always made in heaven.
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Tig Notaro on finding comedy in cancer; A grieving nation’s letters to Newtown; Old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky; Conservation and critterature with journalist Jon Mooallem; Book, film, and music reviews
Food + Health
- Cheap Shots
- The vaccine scandal you haven’t heard about
- Farm to Fable
- Superfood, or super fad?
Cover: photograph courtesy of the family; Robot illustrations on cover by Roberto Parada
Mac McClelland would like to thank her family members, again, for agreeing to just one more interview ("Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin"); 2 Jeremy Harris’ photos have appeared in Rolling Stone and Kerrang!
Andy Kroll awkwardly ate alone at one of LA’s finest restaurants to glimpse the true life of a movie mogul ("Access Hollywood"); Robert Risko’s illustrations of the glitterati have been featured in Vanity Fair for 30 years.
In November, 3 Roberto Parada narrowly beat our machine future ("Terminated") by doing one of Newsweek‘s last print covers.
4 Kathryn Joyce is the author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption; her article ("Return to Sender") was supported by a Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.
Even though it was written on her list of prepared questions, 6 Sydney Brownstone chickened out of telling comedian Tig Notaro ("You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry") her best joke: It’s about a whale who walks into a bar with a shotgun and a six-pack. There is no punch line.