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September/October 2015

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

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


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

More on Rachel Monroe, Julia Scheeres, Brooke Jarvis, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, and Maura Ewing—and how they reported their latest Pacific Standard stories.


Making It in America

What it's like to survive on developing-world wages in the developed world.


Upriver, Downmarket: Luzhou, Sichuan, China

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


Exposure to Nature Promotes Cooperation

The power of Mother Earth is so strong that even distressing nature scenes can have a positive effect.


Research Gone Wild: Crazy Cats

Are those with pet cats more likely to develop schizophrenia?


Bringing Back the Zoot Suit

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


More Than Just the Numbers

When we treat people as collections of statistics, we ignore important aspects of their humanity.


The Nazi Ghosthunters

With few direct witnesses to Nazi atrocities left alive, some Germans are chasing ghosts. Literally.


Single Man Seeking Baby

For a growing group of straight men, fertility clinics and gestational carriers are providing life after 40.


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.


A Safe Haven for Whom?

Advocates argue that safe haven laws prevent mothers from abandoning their newborns, but the policy abandons mothers upon dropoff.


Giving Up Baby

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


Evil Genius

For the last decade, forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner has led a curious, self-funded effort to create something he calls the Depravity Standard, a crowd-sourced instrument for objectively scoring the level of evil associated with humanity's most twisted crimes. But can a scientist really define the outer edges of our morality?


Think Twice Before Calling the Movers

Even if you're planning a move to a more upscale neighborhood.


Shelf Help: 'Reclaiming Conversation'

Our phones are hurting our ability to truly know one another and ourselves.


The Kids in the Yard

Precious Lamb Preschool serves an especially vulnerable group: homeless children between the ages of two and six.


The Depravity Standard

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