March/April 2014 Issue
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Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing truth about the products you use every day.
One minute we were three tourists hiking up a pretty mountain trail. The next we were hostages headed for two years in hell.
Can an exorcist-turned-governor win back the party faithful and capture the White House?
Kathryn Edin revolutionized sociology with a radical idea about how to study poor people: Talk to them.
The landscape-scarring, energy-sucking, animal-killing reality of American marijuana farming.
The Stasi's secret styles
Red states go soft on the war on crime.
What if you'd gotten rich like the rich got richer?
Ayn Rand's Chilean colony
Get ready for stronger hurricanes.
Lawmakers who shoot from the hip
Wall Street wants your rent check.
Beyoncé's dance with a dictator
2 Mariah Blake ("Are Any Plastics Safe?") fondly remembers pushing her infant brother around in her pink plastic Barbie motor home; photographer Evan Kafka wrangled his three-year-old son for the image.
3 Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal's article ("780 Days of Solitude") is excerpted from A Sliver of Light, their new memoir chronicling their imprisonment in Iran; Owen Freeman has illustrated for The New Yorker, GQ, and many other publications.
5 Mustafah Abdulaziz shot photos of sociologist Kathryn Edin ("What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?") during a cold snap so bad it cracked his camera.
While visiting the remnants of a marijuana farm busted by forest rangers, Josh Harkinson resisted the temptation to pluck the buds off a plant they'd missed ("This Is Your Wilderness on Drugs"); illustrator 6 Gina Triplett was raised in rural Minnesota, where most farmers grew corn—and, if they were feeling really wild, maybe some soy.