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- Death by a Thousand Cuts
- The austerity lie that kneecapped the recovery—and the politicians, bankers, and economists who sold it to us
- Free Ride
- Silicon Valley whiz kids like Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk rely on taxpayers to turbocharge their businesses. So why do they flip government the bird?
- Let My Papers Go!
- Publishers make big bucks selling access to taxpayer-funded research. Meet Michael Eisen, the renegade geneticist who aims to set it free.
- My Own Private Internet
All over the world, people have connected to DIY wireless networks to save some dough. Can they also block the NSA from stalking your digital life?
- Where All the Dems Are Above Average
How Minnesota’s once-woebegone progressives got smart and teamed up to kick the GOP out of the Gopher State
- Talk Dirt to Me
Rotting radishes, squirming worms, messy plant residue: the ancient secret that could make industrial agriculture part of the global-warming solution
- Revenge of the Swamp
Drilling, toxic gas plumes, collapsing brine wells, and the sinkhole that’s eating Bayou Corne, Louisiana
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Food + Health
- Don’t Get Fresh With Me
- Why canned and frozen foods deserve a little respect
- Greens Gone Wild
- Here’s why you should give weeds a chance.
Cover illustration by Tim O’Brien
Michael Mechanic ("Let My Papers Go!") did lots of lab work to earn a master’s in cellular and developmental biology from Harvard; before photographing open-access innovator Michael Eisen, Andy Reynolds taught himself how to fold origami birds.
2 Dana Liebelson ("Hack to the Future") likely broke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act while investigating photo sites that leave kids’ private information vulnerable.
MoJo food and agriculture correspondent Tom Philpott ("Talk Dirt to Me") is a cofounder of Maverick Farms in North Carolina; photographer 4 Tristan Spinski was escorted around David Brandt’s farm by Yankee, the family Weimaraner.
When his car died in Louisiana swampland during Mardi Gras, illustrator 5 Bill Mayer ("Revenge of the Swamp") called for a tow truck—and arranged for a voodoo ceremony.