January/February 2014 Issue

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All the Right Moves

By Andy Kroll

The DeVos family used its Amway fortune to bust Michigan's mighty unions. Now it's taking the sales pitch nationwide.

Don't Tread on Me

By Dave Gilson

After years of budget-breaking wars, the Pentagon has been ordered to cut the fat.

"It Was Kind of Like Slavery"

By Nina Berman and Michael Mechanic

Five men return to a reform school full of unmarked graves and dark memories.

The Audacity of Soap

By Josh Harkinson

Who says you can't run a profitable company and get busted planting hemp on the DEA's front lawn?

Made in Hell

By Dana Liebelson

Meet the girl who thought she was getting married and made your T-shirt instead.

The Creative Spirit

By Mark Follman

Robert Davidson's groundbreaking art aims to rejuvenate the once-mighty Haida culture.

OutFront

Mixed Media

Food + Health

Contributors

At age 10, Tim Bower ("Electric Shadyland") won a three-speed bike in a hotdog maker's logo contest.

A major Russian newspaper recently—and incorrectly—reported that 1 Hannah Levintova ("Sue First, Ask Questions Later") has fired an automatic rifle.

2 Dave Gilson is not ashamed to admit that toilet paper was one of the very first things he searched for in a 4,500-row spreadsheet of Pentagon contracts ("Don't Tread on Me"); the illustration is by 3 Eddie Guy, who also blinged up the cover image.

4 Nina Berman thanks Antoinette Harrell, who researches involuntary servitude in the post-Civil War South, for introducing her to Dozier School alumni ("'It Was Kind of Like Slavery'").

Dana Liebelson investigated India's garment factories ("Made in Hell") with support from the International Center for Journalists.

5 Mark Follman's travels through British Columbia have spanned from hiking in the Haida Nation's island homeland ("The Creative Spirit") to reporting at a Vancouver heroin clinic; when he's not roaming the world taking pictures of people who live without electricity, Peter DiCampo lives in Seattle.

6 Lauren Williams—no relation to the Daily Show star ("'Oh My God! No, Jessica, No!'")—won hearts as Veruca Salt in a school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Hannah Levintova