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We’re Not Crazy

By Tim Murphy

Maaaybe a wild-haired socialist from Vermont won’t win the presidency. But Bernie Sanders just might change politics for good.

How the War on Women Was Won

By Molly Redden, photographs by Donna Ferrato

Abortion clinics are closing at a rate of 1.5 a week. Welcome back to a pre-Roe world.

“Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test”

By Kristina Rizga

The average US student takes more than 113 standardized tests before graduation. This spring, Kiana Hernandez became one of a growing number of kids saying: Enough.

Cuba Confidential

By Peter Kornbluh and William M. Leogrande

Inside the secret, back-channel negotiations that transformed America’s relationship with Cuba.

MIAMI NICE: Are Florida’s Power Brokers Mellowing on Cuba?

PHOTOS: 120 Years of Rocky US-Cuba Relations in Pictures.

Heart of Agave

By Ted Genoways, photographs by Mary Anne Andrei

How a renegade optometrist is defying Big Ag and saving Mexican farms—with the finest tequila you’ll ever taste.


Mixed Media

Food + Health


1 Jack Hitt (“To Collect and Serve“) is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine and This American Life.

Four decades from now, Tim Murphy hopes his writing as a 28-year-old will hold up at least as well as Bernie Sanders’ has (“‘We’re Not Crazy'”).

2 Molly Redden logged 300 miles and ran over one rattlesnake while driving between the country’s dwindling abortion clinics (“How the War on Women Was Won”); 3 Donna Ferrato’s work has been included in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Former MoJo education reporter 4 Kristina Rizga (“‘Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test'”) lives in San Francisco; her book, Mission High, was released in August.

Peter Kornbluh directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, and William M. LeoGrande is a professor of government at American University; their article (“Cuba Confidential“) is adapted from a forthcoming epilogue to their book, Back Channel to Cuba.

5 Ted Genoways (“Heart of Agave”) is the author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food.

6 Gary Taxali is a Canadian illustrator (“Chilling Effect,” and “Come at King Corn”) whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, and Rolling Stone.

Jack Hitt Molly Redden
Donna Ferrato
Kristina Rizga Ted Genoways
Gary Taxali