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Mad Men

By Mariah Blake

How a feminist once praised by Gloria Steinem launched the men’s rights movement—and inspired an army of haters and trolls

Are You Racist?

By Chris Mooney

Science is beginning to unmask the bigot in your brain.

The Fever

By David Ferry

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

By Tim Murphy

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”

By Dana Liebelson

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?


Mixed Media

Food + Health


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.

Prashanth Kamalakanthan Mariah Blake
Leah Nash
David Ferry Tim Murphy
Mark Murrmann