Why We've Been Thinking About Madness All Wrong: A Conversation With David Dobbs
The acclaimed writer talks with Pacific Standard about the new scientific consensus around psychosis treatments—and the scholar-advocate he profiled for his new story in our October issue.
'The Clintons Could Steal a Hot Stove': Roger Stone Sounds Off on Trump's Crazy Week
Pacific Standard caught up with the firebrand political consultant and Trump confidante about the latest West Wing intrigue.
Why Don't We Know More About Sexual Harassment of Grad Students by Faculty?
A new study reveals that the problem is worse than you think, and likely much worse than we can tell from available data.
Key Democratic Senator Calls to Oust Department of Education's Civil Rights Chief
The department will likely have a tough time avoiding serious scrutiny and resistance in rolling back the Obama administration's expansive civil rights agenda.
Figuring Out If America Is Doomed at the L.A. Convention Center
Behind the scenes at the most Los Angeles event in the history of American politics.
There's a Name for Why We Retreat and Withdraw From Others Even When We Desire Companionship
And it's called the porcupine problem.
What the New White House Video Gets Wrong About Prisons
The new video of President Obama interviewing David Simon is a work of public relations genius; it also makes some dangerous mistakes concerning the criminal justice system.
The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family
Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.
'The Atlantic' Is Wrong About Married Parents Producing Richer Kids
Sure, kids with married parents appear to have better outcomes by some measures. But a narrow reading of the data ignores strong evidence about the viability of alternative family structures.
Seeking a Better Measure of Inequality, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’
Severe inequities remain between whites and non-whites in American economic life. But it isn’t clear that employers are as much to blame as one might expect.
Selling Products for a Cause Might Hurt Corporations' Bottom Line
Companies that market products as a way for consumers to improve the world through their purchases not only appear to give less than we expect, but they might actually be hurting their own sales.
Survey: Unhappiness Is Predictable, Happiness Is Not
A new study shows that a number of factors influence unhappiness levels, while happiness isn't so clear cut.
How to Ease Inequality on the Cheap: Invest in Early Daycare
The Obama Administration wants to make daycare universal for four-year-olds. But more basic short-term support for poor families with babies could greatly increase the child’s future earnings.
What Makes a Healthy Family
The Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage prompted much discussion about what kind of parents—gay, straight, single, married—can raise kids the best. It’s time to discard the hoary notion that any one structure produces the best outcomes for child development.
5 Things You Should Know About Yesterday’s Big Health Care Announcement
A controversial piece of Obamacare is being delayed for a year. But what does that mean for you and your employer?
Voters, Not Lobbyists, Deserve Blame for Our Crappy Farm Policies
A new working paper by two Duke economic policy researchers takes a close look at what influences lawmakers’ farm policy votes.
Las Vegas Is a Great Place to Get Away With a Non-Lethal Shooting
Why are shootings with a surviving victim so under-investigated in Sin City, and chronically overlooked in the post-Newtown national gun policy debate?
News Outlets Show Significant Bias in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
The public is in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, but not by a margin of five to one, which is how a new Pew study weighs coverage during Supreme Court hearings for two landmark cases.
10-Year-Old Sarah Murnaghan Will Receive a Lung Transplant
It's unclear what it means for the future, but the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl is set to receive a lung transplant today.
Was Sebelius Right Not to Bump Murnaghan to the Front of the Line?
When a child is deemed suitable for an adult organ transplant, why are they put at the end of the donation line?
Are Babies Healthier in North Korea or Northeast Ohio?
Depending on the neighborhood, maybe North Korea.
How Etsy Got Over Middle-School-Cafeteria Syndrome
In the year after declaring diversity one of their core values, Etsy watched their female engineers drop to four out of 85.