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'Pacific Standard,' July/August 2015

The end of weird news; who's reading your medical data; the most empathetic doctor in the world; and an unlikely environmental hero. Plus: Five studies about transgenderism.
Pacific Standard. (Illustration: Goncalo Viana)

Pacific Standard. (Illustration: Goncalo Viana)


Conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz wants to turn his 500-square-mile cattle ranch into the world's largest wind farm, generating enough energy for power all of the households in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It would also make Anschutz the nation's most unlikely environmental hero—if he can ever get the thing built.
By Gabriel Kahn

Sidebar: Coal Country

Class Struggles
School choice is tough for even the savviest parent. For immigrants, it can be hell.
By Alissa Quart

Sidebar: New York City's 2014-15 Directory of Public High Schools

This Doctor Knows Exactly How You Feel
A rare condition causes Joel Salinas to experience other people's emotions and sensations. Is mirror-touch synesthesia a superpower or a curse?
By Erika Hayasaki

Sidebar: Empathy for the Rest of Us


Professor, Can You Spare a Dime?
Adjuncts on the edge resort to helping each other.
By Alissa Quart

Biting the Hand That Feeds You
A bedbug researcher bleeds for science.
By Laura Parker

Sonic Doom
The clank of silverware, the sound of chewing, and other forms of torture. The trouble with misophonia.
By Ed Cara

Will to Lose
The unsung glory of coming in last.
By Maureen O'Hagan


Economics: We Know What's in Your Medicine Cabinet
Our personal health conditions are part of a vast but hidden market for our medical data. Don't we deserve to know about it?
By Adam Tanner

Culture: Who, What, Where, When, Weird
How oddball items came to dominate the news business.
By Daniel Engber


Review: Give Me That Old-Time Religion
From ISIS to the Christian right, three books explore the modern urge to go back to an original, uncorrupted version of faith.
By Alex Strick von Linschoten

Review: Brutal Kinship
The tribal rites of motherhood on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
By Helaine Olen


(Photo: Aaron Grubb)

(Photo: Aaron Grubb)

There's a Name for That
The Porcupine Problem
Why we don't like each other.

Research Gone Wild
Happiness on the Hill
Are conservatives more miserable than liberals?

In the Picture
Featherweight Champions
Laurel County, Kentucky

Five Studies
In Transition
What you need to know about transgenderism, according to the research.

On the road again.

Life in the Data
Which Comes First, the Chicken or Your Wallet?

Quick Studies
Stress and the Superwoman

Quick Studies
It Gets Better, Except...



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