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The Week's Best 'Pacific Standard' Stories

Out top stories for the week of January 17 to January 23, as curated by our editors.
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(Photos, clockwise from top left: Kzenon/Shutterstock; Helena Price; Courtesy of Ehsan Jami; Christopher Leaman)

(Photos, clockwise from top left: Kzenon/Shutterstock; Helena Price; Courtesy of Ehsan Jami; Christopher Leaman)

This week saw plenty of classic Pacific Standard stories on our website. There was the sociology-backed analysis of Donald Trump supporters, the use of research to debunk longstanding arguments against raising the minimum wage, and, of course, a study offering validation to all those people who like to spend their Friday nights catching up on some rest. (Our favorites from the rest of the Web: Sarah Palin's endorsement Vine, Time's Reply Allpocalypse, and more evidence that Vladimir Putin is indeed a tyrant.)

But rising above all the rest of our great work, we present this week's best Pacific Standard stories:

  • "When Home Birth Goes Wrong," by Sarah Watts
    In 30 states, Certified Professional Midwives are licensed to practice medicine with virtually no medical training. Is this a health-care disaster waiting to happen?
  • "The Gowanus Canal's Beacon of Hope," by Libby Copeland
    New York University roboticists are betting that a tiny aquatic machine will inspire the community to care about Brooklyn's neglected Superfund site.

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