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What Motivates Extreme Self-Sacrifice?

New work in the field of anthropology says violent extremism isn't really motivated by religion—but by fusion with the group.

The interior of a cell at the Security Housing Unit of Pelican Bay State Prison, the notorious maximum-security site in Crescent City, California, for top-level prisoners.

The End of Solitary Confinement

What is California going to do with "the worst of the worst"?


Is the Stock Market Sexist?

Inherent market bias is one of the factors keeping women off corporate boards—until someone has to take the fall. Welcome to the Glass Cliff.


The Little Pink Pill That Sparked a Feminist War

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a pharmaceutical treatment for low sexual desire in women has launched a heated debate over the dangers and benefits of medicalizing sex.


Western Cattlemen Square Off Against 60,000 Mustangs

Can wild horses co-exist with ranchers and their grazing cows?


On Pivoting: How We Talk About Labor

Euphemisms offer important comfort in a recession. They also tend to exclude the people hit hardest.


The Aging Advantage

At 91, Barbara Beskind is three times the age of most of her colleagues at the global design firm IDEO, but age can be more than just a number in the workplace.


Need for Speedrunning

Gamers have found a way to get a younger generation excited about raising millions for charity. And they don’t even need to put down their controllers.


We Know What's in Your Medicine Cabinet

Even our most personal health conditions are part of a vast but hidden market for our medical data. Don't we deserve to know about it?


Who, What, Where, When, Weird

How oddball items came to dominate the news business, and became normal in the process.


Are You Getting Paid What You're Worth?

American employment markets are getting better at paying everyone exactly what they're worth. And we're all paying the price.


The End of Locker-Room Talk

What a court case involving construction workers, moist towelettes, and a bridge in New Orleans signals about the future of manhood in the workplace.


Aunt Mommy

How does it feel to be the biological parent of your sister's child or the aunt of the children you birthed? Americans are finding out.

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From Our Prison to Your Dinner Table

At America's strangest workplace, laborers are making toys for kids, picking grapes for wineries, and farming tilapia for Whole Foods—all for $1.50 an hour.