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Lauren Kirchner

Lauren Kirchner
Lauren Kirchner is the Web editor of The Baffler. She has written for the Columbia Journalism Review, Capital New York, Slate, The Awl, The Hairpin, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @lkirchner.

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Tax Crime Nation

Tax evasion persists, and tax return scams involving identity theft are on the rise.

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Private Eyes Behaving Badly

How is the criminal justice system compromised when our investigators need investigating?

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Let’s Stop Using the Term ‘Modern-Day Slavery’

Human trafficking isn’t a relic of history.

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Radical Life Extension and Time-Slowing Drugs

These ideas for the future of prison sentencing are outrageous, but the current state of affairs is, too.

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Joining a Gang Makes People Sick

Seattle’s version of the 7 Up series reveals the long-term damage to adults who were in gangs as kids.

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Media as Both Weapon and Defense in the Mexican Drug War

The impact of social media and the press on the drug war, and vice versa.

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Are Prison Education Programs Worth It?

Cost-benefit analyses should consider more than dollars and cents.

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The Armenian Power Gang, Hollywood Hellions

Meet the little-known crime ring with the lengthiest rap sheet.

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The Wild Illogic of Barring Felons From Voting

And what Attorney General Eric Holder missed in his recent speech on, among other things, the disproportionate burden of voter disenfranchisement of felons felt by minorities.

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The Staggering Costs of Kickbacks, Bribery, and Theft in the Military

The structure of the military means that when people high up in the chain of command aren’t held responsible for the crimes they commit, that message will quickly ripple down the ranks.

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How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014