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, Issue #40: An Interview With Dana Rohrabacher, Social Identity Theory, Voting for Former Felons, and More
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America Responds to Anti-Semitic Violence (in Photos)
The Pittsburgh massacre wasn't the first—or last—act of anti-Semitism in the past week.
Remembering When Anti-Semitic Violence Had the Power to Shock
When a young Jewish woman was murdered at my university a decade ago, the crime seemed unthinkable. Today, such events can feel almost chillingly unsurprising.
Thrill-Seeking Is an Overlooked Catalyst for Political Violence
New research pinpoints how the desire for excitement inspires support for violent extremism.
How the Pittsburgh Massacre Fits Into America's Long History of Anti-Semitism
Violence driven by racial or religious hatred is as American as apple pie, according to a cultural anthropologist who has studied the white-power movement.
To Discuss the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, We Have to Discuss Trump
In his two years in office, Trump has done plenty to legitimize views previously considered too extreme for political discourse—and that, in turn, has opened the door for political violence.
Viewfinder: A Vigil in Pittsburgh for Victims of the Synagogue Shooting
People arrive for a vigil at the Allegheny County Soldiers Memorial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 28th, 2018.
Tracing the History of Regional Speech in Chicago and Pittsburgh
How shifting economies, demographics, and provincial neighborhoods shaped the well-known accents of many Midwestern cities.
It's Not Just Trump's Paris Decision That's Bad for Pittsburgh
The rest of the president's economic platform isn't great for the city either.
The New Geography of Jobs: Talent Production Versus Knowledge Production
Pittsburgh is the best place in the United States to flip property. What explains the real estate boom?
Demographic Decline in Atlantic Canada: It's the Economy, Stupid
Atlantic Canada is reportedly dying. I'll spend this week explaining why that isn't the case.
Does Geography Matter When Reinventing Old Communities?
Not really. Common problems, regardless of place, will lead to common solutions.
Los Angeles Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pittsburgh
Concerns about population growth and decline are artifacts of the 19th century and the industrial revolution. For them to make any sense today, we need to look at the numbers in a much different way.
Geography of the Legacy Economy: Mapping the Next Boom
With real estate markets tapped out in primary markets, investors will look to secondary ones—Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Phoenix—with legacy assets.