The Anger and Joy of a Native American Poet in Brooklyn – The New Yorker
Tommy Pico destabilizes his readers and listeners, lulling them into a false sense of security with jokey lines about Grindr and take-out food, getting them to laugh in recognition until suddenly he’s talking about diabetes or the killing of Native Americans and his audience is finding out who can stop laughing the fastest.
Inside the Border Town Where 1/3 of Kids are Homeless – Fusion
Rachel Quintana can see her husband's house from her hotel. She just can't get to it, because it's in Mexico. San Ysidro looks like anywhere in southern California – strip malls and hotels and trailer parks. But it's right next to the Mexican border, and so many parents here are waiting for their partners on the other side in Tijuana.
The Crazy Story Behind Melania Trump's Skincare Line – Racked
Melania Trump was set to launch a multi-billion dollar caviar-infused skincare line. The marketing materials were written ("Through intense collaboration with Melania’s research laboratory, it was discovered that the secret to anti-aging can be explained in three distinct parts. This is known as the aging pyramid.") Then disaster struck.
Going to a Gun Show One Week after Orlando – Fusion
In downtown Orlando in the wake of the Pulse shooting, you’ll likely see #OrlandoUnited on top of a pride flag backdrop. Sometimes it’s #OrlandoStrong—a riff on #BostonStrong, popularized after the Boston Marathon attack. But on the city’s outskirts, you’ll most frequently come across #PrayforOrlando. On one level it’s a nod to the religiosity of the conservative Floridian suburbs, but on another it’s a distance marker: The tragedy is something that happened to those people who need praying, not us.
Oprah's Post-Katrina Community, 10 Years Later - New York Magazine
Within days of Hurricane Katrina, Oprah and her crew were down in New Orleans, promising help. It was part publicity stunt, part charity, and 10 years later, it's resulted in Angel Lane, a community of houses on the outskirts of Houston. The people there miss home, but they make the best of it.
How Two Billionaires Are Remaking Detroit in Their Flawed Image – Gawker
Dan Gilbert and Mike Illitch are the richest men in Detroit, and they're turning its downtown into a glitzy, world-class destination. The only problem is what to do with the other 98 percent of Detroit.
How One of Katrina’s Feel-Good Stories Turned Bad – BuzzFeed
Kathy Phipps' house was destroyed by Katrina. She was put on a plane by FEMA headed to Utah where she knew no one. The media used her story as an example of triumph in the face of tragedy. Then the cameras left, and everything went to hell.
In the Path of the Pipeline - Al Jazeera
A three-part journey down the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Crowdfunding for the Public Good is Evil – Wired
Crowdfunding is all the rage these days – it's hard to go on Facebook without seeing a friend or coworker asking for money. But what happens when the technology seeps into the public sector?
The Future of Policing is Here and Its Terrifying – GQ
Backscatter X-Ray vans, laser lights that cause you to fall over, and human microwaves – just some of the technology police are using these days to keep you in check.