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This Is Your Brain on Smog

By Aaron Reuben

Is air pollution behind degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?

How White Is My Valley?

By Josh Harkinson

Jesse Jackson’s quest to reboot the tech industry

PLUS: Meet the lady engineer disrupting the brogrammer crew.

The Innocence Gap

By Molly Redden

Imagine going to prison for a crime you didn’t commit. Now imagine it’s for the murder of your child.

Last of the Munichans

Photographs by Jen Osborne

Why are Europeans dressing up in redface, feathers, and buckskin?

The End of Punishment

By Katherine Reynolds Lewis

A soft-spoken psychologist is revolutionizing how teachers, parents, and prison guards think about discipline.

The Natural

By Ian Gordon

Can Allen Hershkowitz’s green sports movement turn fans into environmentalists?


Note to Our Readers

By Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

Join us as we reimagine the “magazine for the rest of us.”


Mixed Media

Food + Health


The last time editorial fellow 1 Bryan Schatz wrote about marijuana (“‘Life for 2 Bags of Weed'”), he spent five hours touring Denver on a smoke-filled “Cannabus.”

MoJo‘s Patrick Caldwell and Andy Kroll, now a reporter at National Journal, infiltrated Democrats’ inner circle to profile Hillary’s 2016 campaign manager (“The Clinton Whisperer”).

2 Aaron Reuben (“This Is Your Brain on Smog”) has researched brain aging at Columbia and air pollution policy at Yale; images are by Brooklyn-based photographer 3 Maciek Jasik, whose work has been featured in Wired, The New Republic, and V.

Josh Harkinson (“How White Is My Valley?”) regularly covers the politics of the Bay Area’s tech industry; the story’s illustration is by the creative studio Radio.

Jen Osborne is a Canadian photographer living in Berlin (“Last of the Munichans”).

4 Katherine Reynolds Lewis had to disabuse friends and relatives of the notion that, because she was writing about discipline (“The End of Punishment”), her own kids are perfectly behaved.

5 Ian Gordon has reported from inside more than 70 sports stadiums, but this is the first time he’s ever seen where fans’ garbage goes (“The Natural”); the profile’s portrait is by 6 Natalie Keyssar, who has photographed for Stern, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Bryan Schatz
Aaron Reuben Maciek Jasik
Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Ian Gordon Natalie Keyssar