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Vince Beiser

Vince Beiser
Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter @vincelb.

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Prairie Home Companions

A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

 

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Into the Eyeballs of Syrian Refugees

Is it really a good idea to scan the irises of thousands of vulnerable people?

 

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When Crime Labs Go Criminal

Annie Dookhan, the forensic scientist sent to prison last week for falsifying evidence, is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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Why Don’t We Just Shoot Condemned Inmates?

If we’re going to kill people, there’s only one good way to do it.

 

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Why Disasters Like the Typhoon in the Philippines Will Keep Getting Worse

It’s not just because of climate change—it’s population growth, too.

 

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Sentenced to Die in Prison for Stealing Tools?

Why are more than 3,000 inmates serving life without parole in state and federal prisons across the United States for non-violent offenses?

 

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Kids and Guns, Parents and Drugs

Journalists are misrepresenting a new study about the number of children killed every year by firearms.

 

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How Lou Reed Showed It’s OK to Be Gay

He may have been the world’s first out bisexual rock star—but what really matters is that everyone thought he was.

 

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Hot Growth Industry: Kidnapping

Killings are down in Mexico—but kidnapping is way up.

 

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The Free Market Is Abandoning Clean Energy

What happened to all of those investments in renewable energy technologies?

 

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In Russia, Activism Is Now Officially Considered Crazy

In an act of domestic repression, authorities have locked up a prominent political dissident.

 

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NRA Member Finds Most Gun Dealers Favor Background Checks

Survey polled 1,601 gun dealers, pawnshops, and gunsmiths in 43 states.

 

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Conservatives Say Yes to Cannabis

Is there anybody still opposed to legalizing marijuana?

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On America’s Farms, Data Is the New Cash Crop

Today’s farmers are using all of the technology at their disposal to increase yields, which is critical if we hope to feed a rapidly growing population. But digitally driven farming is not without its potential downsides.

 

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Egypt’s Sexual Violence Epidemic

A string of attacks on women “highlight the failure of government and all political parties,” according to a Human Rights Watch statement.

Economics Essays

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Building a Legal Marijuana Industry From the Ground Up

Washington’s Initiative 502 legalized pot across the state, but provided only a few guidelines for how to produce, process, and retail the drug. What regulations will lawmakers put in place—and will they convince black market users to switch to a new, regulated industry?

 

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What to Think About Anti-Gay Crusaders Who Now Say They’re Sorry?

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers, Ken Mehlman, and others like them have done serious damage to a righteous cause. Is an apology enough?

 

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When Will the Census Stop Collecting Race Data?

In a nation where we’re increasingly identifying as “mixed race,” categories have to stop meaning anything at some point.

There's a Name for That

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Alone With Everyone Else

Ever found yourself at odds with what you thought was the majority opinion? There’s a name for that.

 

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The Big One

Tiny numbers, big impacts.

 

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California’s Gun Medicine

Why we should be treating gun violence as a disease—and why most states can’t.

 

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Holy Holi

Inside one of the world’s most colorful festivals

 

The Big One

Our look at the little things in life that loom large

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The Deluge

Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet.

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How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn't have any extra emotional impact.

To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you'd be if the government didn't interfere with your life, but that's not what the research shows.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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