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May/June 2015

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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our Latest Print Issue

More on Noam Scheiber, Peter C. Baker, Maia Szalavitz, Kevin Carey, and Charles C. Mann—and how they reported their latest Pacific Standard stories.


Shelf Help: 'The Twilight of Human Rights Law'

Are our human rights initiatives too abstract and ineffective?


Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our Latest Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.


Carrying a Big Stick: India's Gulabi Gang

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.


Social Networking: Letters and Other Responses to Our Last Print Issue

Join the conversation by writing If you would like us to consider your letter—which will be edited—for publication, please include your name, city, and state.


The Signs of Music

A deaf theater company sings out.


Leave Those Kids Alone

The latest entry in a series of interviews about subculture in America.


What Was Famine?

The political economy of mass starvation, and why it is largely a thing of the past.


Wanted: Old Musician’s Brain

Musical training early in life may offset the decline in speech processing that comes decades later.


Forever Young

Billy Boy can't work a TV remote or read or dress himself, but he's irresistibly charming.


There's Beauty in the Jones for More

Fretting over your options is part of a life well lived.


Carpe FOMO

An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to subscribers.


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 Moneyball Trap

An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to subscribers.


How America Overdosed on Drug Courts

Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger.


American Judges Are Playing Doctor—and Doing Harm

An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to subscribers.


Tuna Helper: How a Fish Statistician Got Famous and Changed a Country's Mind

Toshio Katsukawa is working to get the Japanese to eat only fish whose populations aren’t endangered.