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:
- "The Former Dentist Uncovering Sugar's Rotten Secrets," by Francie Diep
University of California–San Francisco researcher Cristin Kearns is proving that Big Sugar steered scientists away from looking at the ingredient's harmful effects.
- "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.
- "Should Los Angeles County Predict Which Children Will Become Criminals?" by Matt Stroud
One major difference separates troubling Minority Report policing programs from what happened in L.A. County's child welfare system.
- "The Hard Lives of Non-Believers in the Middle East," by Hunter Stuart
Despite the Arab Spring's secular influence, the Middle East is still one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be an atheist.