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Marc Herman

Marc Herman
Marc Herman is a writer in Barcelona. He is the author of The Shores of Tripoli.

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Will Tweaking the Food Stamp Program Save It?

A Brookings report takes the “mend it, don’t end it” approach to the embattled SNAP program.

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Is Your Local Judge Hiding Something?

A Center for Public Integrity investigation argues for better rules on judicial conflicts of interest.

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With Gifts, It Actually Is the Thought That Counts

But giftees think a little too hard.

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They Also Enjoy a Good Turkey Dinner in Havana

There’s a reason the U.S. farm lobby wants better access to Cuba.

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New, Chill Pope Still Hasn’t Convinced You to Go to Mass

The “Pope Francis Effect” hasn’t caught on in the U.S., according to a Pew study.

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How to Appear Properly Annoyed by a Wiretap

Australia’s security service tapped some phones in Indonesia. It hasn’t ended well.

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Is Ferdinand Marcos’ Ghost Haunting Typhoon Haiyan Relief?

After ousting a dictator, Filipinos built a government that skewed local. Will natural disaster strain that system?

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In 10 Years, Finding Someone Lost in a Disaster Has Really Evolved

Google’s “People Finder” is proving quietly useful amid the Philippine typhoon crisis.

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A Dozen Years Ago Today, Guantanamo’s Groundwork Began

Only seven out of nearly 800 inmates have been convicted and sentenced.

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Civil Wars Are Getting Shorter

They’re surprisingly little-studied, too.

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Lance Armstrong Says Something Interesting About Players Unions and Doping

Is cycling’s problem that it’s a sport of freelancers?

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Quick Studies

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

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.

The Big One

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