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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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Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

How Gay Men Feel About Aging

Coming to terms with growing old can be difficult in the gay community. But middle-aged men are inventing new strategies to cope.

Cesareans Are Still Best for Feet-First Babies

A new study confirms that surgery is the safest way to deliver a breech fetus.

The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

How the Brains of Risk-Taking Teens Work

There's heightened functional connectivity between the brain's emotion regulator and reason center, according to a recent neuroscience paper.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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