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- Cover Story
Are You Racist?
Science is beginning to unmask the bigot in your brain.
How a feminist once praised by Gloria Steinem launched the men’s rights movement—and inspired an army of haters and trolls
It kills more than West Nile virus, rabies, and Ebola combined—but the government has stood idly by.
The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes
On the road with the freight-hopping racquetball champion who shows executives how the other half lives
“They Locked Me in That Little Room With Nothing”
Research shows that solitary confinement can do lasting damage to kids’ brains. So why do we still throw juveniles in the hole for weeks at a time?
Green Fighting Machine
Louisiana’s mean, green fighting machine
Rocky Mountain Highlights
Has Colorado gone to pot?
Rape and red tape
Don’t Swab Me, Bro
Step right up, step right up: See a one-ring circus’ disappearing act!
- MIXED MEDIA
Avast, Ye Techies!
Lemony Snicket’s swashbuckling new novel
In the Name of the Father
Bombs Rarely, Kills Often
Maz Jobrani laughs off terrorists and typecasting.
Building a Better Man
Filmmaker Jennifer Newsom reexamines masculinity.
- FOOD + HEALTH
Download no Harm
The quack on your phone
Will diet soda make you fat?
You might think the word “ganja” was coined by a Rastafarian, but 1 Prashanth Kamalakanthan learned the truth from his folks: It’s Sanskrit (“Rocky Mountain Highlights”).
Last year, Jordan Michael Smith reported on secret letters between President Warren Harding and his mistress; the subject of his story in this issue (“Dated Rape“) was photographed by 2 Leah Nash, a regular contributor to the New York Times.
While attending a men’s rights movement conference (“Mad Men”), 3 Mariah Blake was pressed into service as a proxy for all women.
Chris Mooney (“Are You Racist?“) writes about science for the Washington Post; Oliver Munday, who’s designed book jackets for authors ranging from Nabokov to Crichton, did both the illustration and this issue’s cover.
4 David Ferry reviewed 2,500 pages of court documents and scientific studies to investigate a mysterious disease killing California prisoners (“The Fever”); Mother Jones photo editor 5 Mark Murrmann took pictures of one of the prisons.
6 Tim Murphy hopped trains and broke trespassing laws in eight states with his profile subject (“The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley…“).
Dana Liebelson (“‘They Locked Me in That Little Room With Nothing'”) reports from Washington for the Huffington Post.