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.

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.

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.

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.

Two migrants lean against a rail next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, on August 10th, 2018.

Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Ieva Jusionyte explores the spirit of first response in an area where dangers don't care about boundaries.

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Dodging Bullets to Make the World's Best Coffee in Mexico

Juan Carlos Lopez is braving local violence so that indigenous workers can get a share of the profits.

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There's a Name for That: Social Identity Theory

Identities that govern seemingly innate experiences, such as the taste of food—or even racial bias—can be harnessed to create positive social change.

Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back.

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Katya Cengel tracks the lives of four families following the fall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge.

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The Edit, Episode #14: A Conversation About Climate Change and COP24

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with staff writer Kate Wheeling about her upcoming trip to cover the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

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Why Migrants Are Often Dissatisfied With Their Coyotes

In a recent study, the behavior most strongly linked to a negative recommendation was abandonment.

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Anatomy of a Fact: When Facts Impose Bias

Anatomy of a Fact is a recurring series exposing how the Pacific Standard research and fact-checking process works.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke talks to reporters on May 10th, 2017, in Kanab, Utah.

The Edit, Episode #13: A Conversation About Corruption in the Department of the Interior

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with contributor Jimmy Tobias about his investigation into Ryan Zinke's DOI.

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The Borders of Dissent

Efforts to contain protests inevitably create boundaries—and raise questions about restricting free speech.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department's Mike Eliason captured flames above a Montecito neighborhood on Bella Vista Drive on December 12th, 2017.

Behind the Scenes: Off the Map

An introduction to our special issue on borders and boundaries.

Dana Rohrabacher speaking with attendees at the Young Americans for Liberty California State Convention on February 6th, 2016, at the University of California–Irvine in Irvine, California.

Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week

A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a wide-ranging interview with Dana Rohrabacher to an investigation into how southern states are making it harder for former felons to vote.

The Lede.

The Lede, Issue #40: An Interview With Dana Rohrabacher, Social Identity Theory, Voting for Former Felons, and More

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Kevin de León delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on July 25th, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Edit, Episode #12: A Conversation About Kevin de León's Run for the U.S. Senate

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with editorial fellow Jack Herrera about California's mid-term Senate race.

Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Danny O'Connor visits the Cup O Joe coffeehouse to thank voters and campaign volunteers and speak to reporters following a special election on August 8th, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

PS Picks: The Hipster Coffee Shop

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.

Freshly printed copies of the San Francisco Chronicle roll off the printing press at one of the Chronicle's printing facilities on September 20th, 2007, in San Francisco, California.

Dispatches: The Power of Investigative Journalism

News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles conducts members of the Sing Sing Resident Ensemble.

Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week

A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from an interview about news consumption habits to a feature story on how gerrymandering amplified the interests of the right.

The Lede.

The Lede, Issue #39: Understanding Gerrymandering, Music in Prison, the Hipster Coffee Shop, and More

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