March/April 2012 Issue

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Obama Unbound
Republicans have finally managed to put the fight back in the president.
Professor Occupy
The veteran radical who's guiding the movement through its growing pains
The Silent Treatment
Imagine serving decades in prison for a crime your siblings framed you for. Now imagine doing it while profoundly deaf.

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Departments

Outfront

Randall Terry's plan to ruin prime time; Abe vs. FDR: Whose campaign cost more?; Swimming in a burkini; Mitt ♥s Home Depot; The right's wannabe terrorists; Map: mensch states vs. moocher states; Coveting the cribs of the 1 percent; Want some coal ash in your toothpaste?

Mixed Media

Mark Ruffalo on joining the anti-fracking crusade, terrorist watchlist rumors, and the Oscar effect; Author Tamar Adler cures your takeout addiction.; Filmmaking on a cellphone; Fred Armisen's funny faces; plus book and music reviews

Econundrums


Cover illustration by Mark Matcho


Contributors

This issue's cover is by illustrator 1 Mark Matcho, who gave up a promising career as a short-order cook in the '80s.

Mother Jones DC bureau chief 2 David Corn ("Obama Unbound") is the author of the new book Showdown: The Inside Story of Obama's Fight to Save His Presidency.

3 Paul Reyes ("Help Not Wanted") wrote the book Exiles in Eden, a chronicle of the Florida foreclosure crisis based on his stint cleaning out seized homes. The data analysis accompanying his story is by MoJo copy editor Ian Gordon, and the photos are by 4 David Walter Banks, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Golf Digest, and People.

Staff reporter Andy Kroll ("Walmart's Shadow Factories") reported this story while on a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.

MoJo food and ag blogger Tom Philpott's farm is not part of Walmart's move to sell organic and local food ("Heirloom Arugula on Aisle 5"). The illustrations are by John Hendrix, who practiced drawing pollution while working on his latest children's book, A Boy Called Dickens.

While unwinding after her warehouse shifts, MoJo reporter 5 Mac McClelland ("Shelf Lives") discovered the wonders of Jersey Shore.

Before interviewing comedian Fred Armisen, our editorial coordinator 6 Jaeah Lee ("Trading Faces") stayed up till 2 a.m. watching old SNL skits.