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Meet some of the people behind the September/October 2013 issue of Pacific Standard.
Timothy Noah. (PHOTO: JOHN NELSON)

Timothy Noah. (PHOTO: JOHN NELSON)

“You wouldn’t think a killer bee in Mexico and a Vancouver coed suffering love trouble have much in common—but they do,” says David Dobbs. “At the heart of their beings, in the centers of their cells, their social lives are provoking a conversation between nature and nurture so continuous, fluid, and intimate that it erases the boundaries between the two.” Dobbs, a journalist (National Geographic, Slate) and author of the e-book My Mother’s Lover(Atavist, 2012), explains how in “The Social Life of Genes.”

“You wouldn’t think a killer bee in Mexico and a Vancouver coed suffering love trouble have much in common—but they do,” says David Dobbs.

Los Angeles–based freelance photographer Damon Casarez (Los Angeles Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek) covered Armenian Genocide Day in Hollywood (IN THE PICTURE), from a sidecar during the rally of the Hye Riders Motorcycle Club. “It was a rush,” he says. “I now understand why people are so passionate about riding Harleys.”

The son of a World Health Organization physician who built primary-care delivery systems in Africa, Howard W. French (“Smart Guy”) began reporting from the continent for The Washington Post in the 1980s. His outlook on African economic development, he says, has been strongly influenced by his father: “He told me back then, we must always beware of foreign experts who presume to have all the answers.” French is an associate professor at Columbia Journalism School. His forthcoming book, China’s Second Continent (Knopf, 2014), examines relations between Africa and China.

“Official Washington’s indifference to lingering unemployment appalls me,” says Timothy Noah, who tackles the issue in “The Case of the (Still) Missing Jobs.” The Washington, D.C.-based journalist and author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It (Bloomsbury, 2012) says a revival of the labor movement is “the necessary precondition to full employment and to reducing income disparities.”

“I’ve always been interested in the larger stories that a crime can tell—about a person, about a place, about a particular point in history,” says Lauren Kirchner, who covers criminal justice at “The ways that our society reacts to crime and tries to prevent it can say a lot about us.” New York-based Kirchner is also a freelance writer for the Columbia Journalism Review and Capital New York, and edits the Longform Podcast, a weekly conversation with narrative journalists co-hosted by the founders of and The Atavist.