Issue #69: December/January 2019

Features

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Aquí Nos Pertenece

Con su canal a través de Nicaragua, el presidente Daniel Ortega sueña con superar al canal de Panamá. Pero en la aldea de Bangkukuk Taik, y en todo el país, un movimiento de resistencia protege la cultura indígena y el medio ambiente, y expone los grandiosos vínculos proyecto con un misterioso hombre de negocios chino.

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Inside the Resistance Movement Opposing Daniel Ortega's Trans-Nicaragua Canal

With his trans-Nicaragua canal, President Daniel Ortega dreams of outdoing the Panama Canal. But in the village of Bangkukuk Taik, and across the country, a resistance movement is protecting indigenous culture and the environment—and exposing the grandiose project's ties to a mysterious Chinese businessman.

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Off the Map: The Problem With FEMA's Flood Maps for the East Coast

In 2013, when FEMA redrew flood maps for the coast of Maine to account for more powerful hurricanes, some of the new high-risk zones were not only inaccurate, but expensive and difficult to correct. Wealthy vacation towns could easily foot the bill, protecting access to development dollars, but many struggling fishing villages could not.

Newark, Ohio, September 5th, 2018: Nurse Mary Beth Hagstad holds a naloxone kit in her office at the Licking County Health Department.

Community Efforts

Five groups successfully fighting addiction in Newark, Ohio, that could serve as a model for others around the country.

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A Year in the Heart of the Addiction Crisis in Rust Belt America

The opioids are here, and meth is resurgent. When it's easier than ever to rationalize the first hit, and the options are limitless, even a community-wide effort might not be enough to stop the overdoses.

Culture Pages

Michelle Obama says hello to sixth graders from Fairfax, Viginia's Willow Springs Elementary School during a surprise visit to the Decatur House in Washington, D.C., on May 22nd, 2013. The Decatur House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Site that received a $ 1 million grant to fund educational programming.

PS Picks: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's 'Preservation Personals' Feature

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

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Reinventing the Special Olympics

Moving from a segregated to a unified model is a major shift for the 50-year-old organization. But do the new changes go far enough?

My Brilliant Friend.

PS Picks: HBO's Adaptation of Elena Ferrante's 'My Brilliant Friend'

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

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The Limits of Home Cooking

A richly reported new book offers powerful insights into the cooking habits—and daily struggles—of working-class Americans.

Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care.

How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

In Saving Talk Therapy, Enrico Gnaulati argues that in-depth, long-term, interpersonal psychotherapy remains one of the best tools for alleviating emotional suffering.

Revolution Sunday.

PS Picks: Wendy Guerra's 'Revolution Sunday'

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married.

Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

In Duped, Abby Ellin explores what people need from each other, and the lies and suspensions of disbelief that sometimes help them get it.

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Objects That Matter: Milk

In 2009, researchers found that cows with names produce more milk, confirming the quaint Wisconsin dairy adage, "Speak to a cow as you would to a lady."

Mary Queen of Scots.

PS Picks: Josie Rourke's 'Mary Queen of Scots'

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

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Author and Illustrator MariNaomi Examines the Lives of Complex Characters

We spoke to MariNaomi about what she recommends reading, watching, and listening to.

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Yoga Mats in the Squad Room

Can a trendy, pop-psychology cottage industry actually improve the culture of the police and military?

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Quilt Trip

The Social Justice Sewing Academy is teaching an old form of social media to a new generation of marginalized students.

The Fix

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When the Levee Breaks: A New Approach to Managing Rivers

Hamilton City leads California in a new approach to managing rivers.

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Montana's Dark Money Detective

Jonathan Motl waged a fierce campaign against unaccountable election spending in the Big Sky state. His work carries lessons for other governments grappling with the same scourge.

Field Notes

Louisville, Kentucky: Gun enthusiasts examine the wreckage at the largest machine gun event in the United States, held at the Knob Creek Gun Range, just south of the city.

Field Notes: The Results of the Largest Machine Gun Event in the U.S.

Louisville, Kentucky: Gun enthusiasts examine the wreckage at the largest machine gun event in the United States, held at the Knob Creek Gun Range, just south of the city.

The R.J. Reynolds mansion on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Letter From Sapelo Island, Georgia: The Last Surviving Gullah Community

Former slaves set up the community of Hog Hammock so that, separated from the mainland, they could farm, raise livestock, and preserve elements of their African heritage, including the English Creole/African Gullah dialect.

Crow Reservation, Montana: In Big Horn County, people watch a horse race during the 99th annual Crow Fair, one of the longest-running Native American gatherings in the United States.

Field Notes: Racing Horses on Montana's Crow Reservation

Crow Reservation, Montana: In Big Horn County, people watch a horse race during the 99th annual Crow Fair, one of the longest-running Native American gatherings in the United States.

A view of the Harlem Valley from the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, New York.

Letter From Pawling, New York: An Afternoon at Nuclear Lake

A secluded, Edenic lake just a mile off the Appalachian Trail was once the site of a fight in which locals tried hard to keep people away from what they believed to be an environmental menace. Were they right to?

Kabare Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo: The settlements at the Kachuba mining site in South Kivu.

Field Notes: A Makeshift Village Outside of a Major Tin Mining Site

Kabare Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo: The settlements at the Kachuba mining site in South Kivu.

Kluane Lake.

Letter From the Yukon Territory: A Rare Case of River Piracy Threatens an Entire Community

For the people who live along Canada's Kluane Lake, it doesn't matter whether the Slims River was the first or the 10th or the 100th river to be stolen by climate change.

Jumbi, Zanzibar, Tanzania: The Green Queens warm up ahead of a match. Men on the island have long resisted women's presence on the field, but a small cadre is challenging traditional gender norms.

Field Notes: Preparing for a Women's Soccer Match in Tanzania

Jumbi, Zanzibar, Tanzania: The Green Queens warm up ahead of a match. Men on the island have long resisted women's presence on the field, but a small cadre is challenging traditional gender norms.

Primer

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Medical Marijuana Saves Lives

Workers may be using marijuana instead of alcohol and other, more dangerous, substances.

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Overheard: The Conversation, in Context

"Verizon has always reserved the right to limit data throughput on unlimited plans."

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Gains for Gene Drives

Just because we have CRISPR doesn't necessarily mean we should use it.

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Can Tighter Packaging Lower Sperm Counts?

A new study isn't enough to resolve decades of debate, even if many media outlets reported it that way.

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The Importance of Drug Jargon

People prefer "overdose prevention site" to "safe consumption site."

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Not All Surveillance Is Created Equal

We're all being watched, but immigrants are among the most vulnerable to surveillance.

The Woolsey Fire spreads through Porter Ranch, California, on November 9th, 2018.

A Big Payout at Porter Ranch

The Southern California Gas Company settles claims.

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The Next 10 Years of Pacific Standard

A letter from the editor on the evolution of our magazine.