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A Peek Inside the May/June 2017 Issue of 'Pacific Standard'

Stories from our revolutionary ideas issue.
A version of this story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Pacific Standard. Subscribe now and get eight issues/year or purchase a single copy of the magazine.

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The Fallacy of Endless Growth
What economists get wrong about the future.
By Christopher Ketcham; Photography by Alejandro Durán

Revising the Bible
Evolutionary biology meets Adam and Eve in the archives.
By Ginger Strand

The Top 30 Thinkers Under 30 
This year's most exciting young thinkers and advocates in policy and social justice.
By Rosie Spinks & Avital Andrews

Changing the World After 80
These change-makers are proving that you're never too old to make a difference.
By Avital Andrews

Revolutions Hiding in Plain Sight
You can find a radical history in even the most commonplace objects. Here are four everyday things that represent a turn in the way we live. 
By Malcolm Harris


Letter From the Editor
What Makes a Revolutionary Idea
By Nicholas Jackson

Since We Last Spoke 
There's a Name for That: The Invisibility Cloak Illusion

By Peter C. Baker

Since We Last Spoke
Quick Study: A Virtual Escape From Chronic Pain
By Tom Jacobs

The Small Stuff
Quick Study: Euphemisms Affect Parents' Attitudes Toward Corporeal Punishment

By Tom Jacobs

Since We Last Spoke
Research Gone Wild: Power Poses Are Nonsense

By Sarah Witman

The Small Stuff
Overheard: 'No One Wants to Have to Explain Their Children Why Santa Was Put Out of Work'

Know It All
Superfoods Aren't Really All That Super

Why do we keep reaching for them as a quick health fix when the science says they're not so special?
By Michael Fitzgerald


March of the Refugees
By Kastalia Medrano

Jharia: India's Coal Capital
Photograph by Johnny Haglund

Sharing a Sunset at Arches National Park
By Eva Holland

Goseong, South Korea: Watching Over the DMZ
Photograph by Tomas Van Houtryve

Dinner at a Prison in Lira, Uganda
Photograph by Lynsey Addario

Embodying the Spirit of Change in North Lawndale, Chicago
By Peter C. Baker


This Native Tribe Is Reintroducing a Disappeared Species on Its Own Land
And the federal government can't do much about it.
By Jimmy Tobias

Inside the Mind of America's Favorite Gun Researcher
John Lott is a one-man pro-gun research machine whose work has been cited nearly 200 times by the National Rifle Association. The problem? Many of his peers have major misgivings about his methods.
By Peter Moskowitz


Culture Features
A Library as Large as Africa
By Aaron Bady

Scenes: The Refugees' Theatre
As the population of displaced Syrians swells in Germany, one storytelling series aims to expedite integration through first-person narrative.
By Morgan Meaker

Scenes: Standing Up for Transgender Acceptance
The history of man and climate, written into the bedrock of Mongolia.
By Kevin Stark

Pacific Standard Picks: Twitter and Tear Gas
By Kristina Kutateli

Guest Programmer: Anita Kunz
As Told to Katie Kilkenny

Shelf Help: The Boy Who Loved Too Much
By Peter C. Baker

Shelf Help: Islamophobia and Racism in America
By Peter C. Baker

Book Reviews: How the U.S. Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein's magisterial new book tracks how the government segregated America—and how new policy, and new education, could save us.
By Peter C. Baker

One Last Thing: Party Plates
By Meghan Walsh; Photograph by Jarren Vink