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This past year will go down as another successful one here at Pacific Standard. We won our second National Magazine Award, increased our print frequency from six issues per year to eight, and engaged in a number of editorial partnerships with similarly public interest-oriented outlets. (And yes, for those keeping track, we also redesigned our website again.)

We also published some 2,500 stories between the magazine and website, on subjects as disparate as a proposed socially engineered utopia in Florida, the shady business of for-profit prison health care, and the very real black market for human body parts.

Below, our editors' picks for the year's best Pacific Standard stories. But this is just the tip of the (soon-to-be-gone) iceberg; explore the site for more of our award-winning coverage in environment, economics, education, and social justice.