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Pacific Standard, September/October 2016. (Photo: Sam Kaplan; Styling: Victoria Granof)
Sidebar: The Beef With Beef
In recent years, a number of studies have revealed the massive impact of the livestock industry, and a growing list of scientists and activists have called for a movement away from beef. Here are their main concerns.
Photo Essay: Fed Up
Aerial views of feedlots illuminate their toxic impact on the land.
Photographs by Mishka Henner
Sidebar: Even the People Inside the System Agree: It’s a Real Headache
This is a rough representation of how food oversight should work, but with so many different agencies involved, the process can seem pretty convoluted.
Seven Things You Would Have Learned If You Read PSmag.com
Know It All: The New American Inequality
For American families, income inequality affects nearly everything else, from academic achievement to long-term health. Here’s how the problems work together—and how we can solve them.
By Vanessa Hua
This story first appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Pacific Standard.
In the Picture: Cold Deck
Boyle County, Kentucky
Weligama, Sri Lanka
Photo by Steve McCurry
Photo by Shubhodeep Roy
Photo by Gerd Ludwig
Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s
Individuals struggling with the mysterious, debilitating disease are finding relief in an unlikely place: the boxing gym, where patients battling uncontrollable tremors are transformed into fighters.
By Tovin Lapan
Sidebar: There’s an App for That
While much of Parkinson’s research is focused on discovering what causes the degenerative disease and finding a cure, new technologies promise to improve quality of life and patient monitoring.
By Tovin Lapan
Sidebar: From Prosecutor to Pugilist
Rock Steady Boxing, which now has dozens of chapters in four countries, got its start in an apartment building’s small exercise room after a rising legal star was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease.
By Tovin Lapan
The Loss of Language
Thousands of the world’s languages are on the verge of extinction. A small non-profit in one of the most linguistically diverse cities on Earth is documenting them before they disappear.
By Max Leighton
Sidebar: Wisconsin’s Grand Child Support Experiment
Here’s what happened when one state let welfare recipients keep their child support payments.
By Dwyer Gunn
THE CULTURE PAGES
Culture Features: War of Words
From novels to comic books, writing fiction is helping veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan process the unspeakable—though sometimes the horrors that re-surface are almost too much to bear.
By Alexander Huls
Scenes: Hip-Hop and the Liberation of Women in Kabul
The Taliban may no longer control the airwaves, but young women in Afghanistan still face torture and death for performing music. Meet the women who are pushing back—by rapping, singing, even playing the cello.
By William Hochberg
Book Review: Printed Pistols and Racial Panic
When Cody Wilson pioneered 3-D printing for guns, he claimed the technology represented a victory for liberty. In Wilson’s new book, it seems “liberty” can also mean “racial purity.”
By Peter C. Baker