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Brenda Salinas at 60dB

All the stories Brenda Salinas made for 60dB.

September 16, 2017

Reporter Brenda Salinas wanted to understand how detaining immigrants can be such a profitable business for private prison companies.

September 15, 2017

A Stanford computer science major developed a free tool to help Americans take Equifax to small claims court.

August 29, 2017

60dB reporter Brenda Salinas is in her hometown of Houston during Tropical Storm Harvey.

August 29, 2017

60dB’s Brenda Salinas talks to Jeff Masters, he’s the co-founder of Weather Underground, a web site that meteorologists go to get inside information about severe weather.

August 29, 2017

Geopolitics reporter Max de Haldevang says this is a serious blow to American soft power.

August 25, 2017

After Tropical Storm Allison devastated the Houston Medical Center in 2001, the area’s 21 hospitals banded together to make sure it never happens again.

August 24, 2017

Axios’ Alexi McCammond says Chief of Staff John Kelly can only do so much to keep President Donald Trump in line.

August 22, 2017

Axios’ Deputy News Desk Editor Dave Lawler gives us the debrief on Trump’s prime-time Presidential address.

August 18, 2017

Axios’ Alayna Treene explains what Trump could be thinking.

August 17, 2017

Reverend Ann Willet of First United Methodist Church in Dallas Texas had a sermon go viral.

August 16, 2017

Laura Smith writes women have been an integral part of white supremacist movements throughout history.

August 11, 2017

Axios’ Dan Primack has the scoop: Benchmark Capital is suing Uber Founder Travis Kalanick for fraud.

August 10, 2017

Axios’ Mike Allen says the culture wars have finally come to Silicon Valley.

July 31, 2017

Quartz’ special projects editor Lauren Brown brings us three bite-sized business stories from Quartz Index.

July 27, 2017

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Molly Cohen, associate counsel with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. has four lines of defense.

Reporter Robbie Gramer unpacks rumors of a so-called “Rexit” at the State Department.

July 25, 2017

Brenda Salinas met Joshua Browder, a Stanford computer science major who is automating legal aid and talked to Renee Knake, a legal ethicist, about what it means for the legal professor.

July 21, 2017

Quartz’ Mike Murphy and Jacob Templin talk about the robotics companies that are hiring Pixar engineers to design their robots.

July 20, 2017

Politico’s Dan Diamond reports that after fending off challenges to their tax-exempt status, the biggest hospitals boosted revenue while cutting charity care.

July 19, 2017

A study found adults see black girls as ‘less innocent,’ Jonita Davis says that’s shocking everyone but black moms

July 18, 2017

Ashley Rodriguez says the real fight in the TV streaming wars is not over you. It’s over your kids.

July 15, 2017

The Atlantic’s Adrienne Lafrance tells us about the technology that makes it difficult to discern between videos of real people and avatars who can be programmed to say anything.

July 13, 2017

Journalist Nathan Kohrman argues that medical schools should do more to accommodate students with disabilities, and we talk to one such student, Molly Fausone.

July 11, 2017

The Atlantic’s David Graham breaks down the latest development in the Trump camp Russian collusion saga.

July 11, 2017

Racked’ Eliza Brooke explores why American women are so obsessed with French lifestyle brands. Illustration by Rebecca Clarke.

July 10, 2017

The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan reports dentists are surprisingly well organized, and they have a political tool unlike any other.

July 6, 2017

Quartz’ Nikhil Sonnad found surprising similarities in the products on Goop’s and Infowars’ online stores.

July 3, 2017

Writing for Vox, Allison Yarrow writes the U.S. is one of the most dangerous places to have a baby.

June 30, 2017

ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum thinks TMZ has playing the access journalism game and winning. Or are they losing?

June 29, 2017

Wired’s Issie Lapowski went to her old middle school to check in on kids going through a News Literacy Project curriculum.

June 26, 2017

Writing for The Atlantic, Helaine Olen explored all the ways people try to raise money to pay for their medical bills.

June 23, 2017

In an investigation for Bloomberg, Cam Simpson found that American chip manufacturers outsourced their toxic chipmaking processes to South Korea.

June 22, 2017

60dB’s Brenda Salinas and Vice’s Ankita Rao have a frank discussion about their first-hand frustrations with movies about eating disorders.

June 21, 2017

The Washington Post’s William Wan explores why Big Tobacco targets rural Americans.

June 20, 2017

T.R. Reid says we could save a huge amount of money if we accepted that we’re all going to die.

June 19, 2017

Vice’s tech editor Noah Kulwin says Spotify is in a pickle.

June 16, 2017

We can all agree the shooting in Virginia was a tragedy. Let it also be an opportunity for substantive conversation.

June 15, 2017

Concealed Carry Magazine’s Kevin Michalowski says the Congressional shooting is an example of why more people should legally carry guns.

The Week’s Anthony Fisher writes a plea for sympathy and restraint after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday morning.

June 14, 2017

Political Scientist Robert Spitzer analyzes why pro-gun groups typically don’t make public statements about mass shootings.

June 14, 2017

Writing for the Atlantic, Michael Frank explains how farms in upstate New York are dealing with the fear of worker deportation.

June 12, 2017

Quartz’ Special Projects Editor Lauren Brown gives us 3 bite-sized business stories.

June 9, 2017

The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland takes us behind a new immigration court in Louisiana.

June 8, 2017

Writing for Buzzfeed, Doug Bock Clark explains why the U.S. is trying to remake the world’s prisons.

June 7, 2017

The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger explains this mismatch strikes right at the heart of a lot of concerns about the Trump family’s business interests.

June 6, 2017

Quartz’ fashion correspondent Marc Bain takes a closer look at organic fashion.

June 5, 2017

The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports that with the state budget in crisis, nearly a fifth of Oklahoma school districts are holding school just four days a week.

June 2, 2017

The Washington Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reports this isn’t the first time Jared Kushner has been in a crisis.

June 1, 2017

Iowa native Aaron Calvin says the housing crisis in Des Moines is worse than Brooklyn.

May 31, 2017

Wired’s Nick Stockton loves drama, and this is a big ethical conundrum.

May 30, 2017

HuffPost’ Roque Planas explains the Trump administration doesn’t really need Congress to act on its immigration initiatives.

May 26, 2017

Writing for The Cut, Hayley Phelan puts a name to a phenomenon you’ve probably experienced.

May 25, 2017

Daniel Cox says atheists are undercounted because of social stigma.

May 24, 2017

City Lab Latino’s Juan Pablo Garnham explains the real story behind the alarming headlines.

May 23, 2017

Russian-American journalist Alyona Minkovski explains the uncomfortable feeling of wanting to express pride in her heritage and culture colliding with the media’s recent demonization of all things Russian.

May 22, 2017

May 18, 2017

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump gives us a timeline of how this might go down.

May 18, 2017

The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan says American’s teeth are a symbol of the divide between rich and poor.

May 17, 2017

Paul Roberts writes for Mother Jones that rich Chinese buyers have created a Canadian housing bubble.

May 16, 2017

In the months following the Indianapolis’ Star investigation, 80 gymnasts have come forward to allege USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them.

May 13, 2017

University of Chicago economist Greg Kaplan analyzed American’s lifetime incomes for the National Bureau of Economic Research

May 11, 2017

Freelance writer Dan Solomon wrote a piece for Wired about how Uber and Lyft are lobbying the state legislature to overturn a local city ordinance.

May 10, 2017

The Development Set’s Kristance Harlow writes across the United States, emergency dispatch services are consolidating, and in many cases, run privately. In rural areas, it could mean the difference between life and death.

May 9, 2017

The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse talks about why the Handmaid’s Tale is resonating with so many young women.

May 5, 2017

Writing for The Financial Time, Ian Leslie argues the Golden Age of Tv is about to end.

May 4, 2017

Slate’s Mark Stern says the Tar Heel State is giving us a glimpse of America under four years of Trump.

May 2, 2017

The Guardian’s Ben Tarnoff says being busy is like a luxury good.

April 28, 2017

Buzzfeed’s Nitasha Tiku definitely thinks the Facebook CEO isn’t running for president — so why is he acting like a politician?

April 27, 2017

When I was 18, I took an oath to become an American citizen. This is my story, and this is why the issue of immigration is so important to me.

Trump might not fully appreciate how his antagonistic tone towards Mexico is harming one of the single most important relationships that the U.S. has. But Mexico doesn’t seem like it’s going to take that without a fight — maybe even installing its own Trump equivalent.

April 26, 2017

The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips explains Trump might not be able to get his border wall funded by Congress, but his isolationist immigration agenda is more likely to get funded.

April 25, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says border apprehensions are down by 30% year to year. So why is the Trump administration building a new detention center in Texas? 60db’s Brenda Salinas reports.

April 24, 2017

Axios’ Steve Levine says retail workers could organize and become a political force, like coal miners.

April 21, 2017

Michael Luca found that bad yelp reviews make it more likely that a restaurant will go out of business after a minimum wage hike, no matter if it’s $ or $$$$.

April 18, 2017

Politico’s Michael Grunwald explains the Congressional Review Act and why it matters.

April 15, 2017

The Washington Post’s Ana Swanson breaks down the fiscal policies Trump appears to be changing his mind on.

April 14, 2017

The Washington Post’s Sarah Pulliam Bailey explains how Pope Francis is advocating for the rights of migrants.

April 13, 2017

Civil Rights attorney Dan Canon couldn’t even find the man he was supposed to represent in immigration court.

April 12, 2017

Quartz’ Special Project editor Lauren Brown gives us an introduction to Index, a site for short little stories about finance and economics you can swipe through on your phone.

April 11, 2017

The Washington Post’s John Wagner says the case boils down to who owns the White House Visitor logs — the Trump administration or the Secret Service?

April 7, 2017

Wired’s Megan Moltani breaks wellness apps into three different categories, and one of them is grey.

April 6, 2017

When the leaders of the two largest economies in the world meet, you’d expect them to talk about the biggest threat to their labor forces — automation

April 5, 2017

From CityLab, Laura Bliss found some shocking findings by cross-referencing two health data sets.

April 4, 2017

The Atlantic’s Megan Garber says brands are making claims not just about what people should buy, but about what people should be.

April 2, 2017

Quartz’s Mike Murphy says imitation is the most profitable form of flattery.

March 31, 2017

Wired’s Emily Dreyfus wrote a controversial piece about why Silicon Valley Titans are obsessed with transhumanism.

March 30, 2017

The Atlantic’s David Graham thinks the failure of the AHCA might be Trump’s best day in office.

March 29, 2017

Axios’ Political Reporter Jonathan Swan says to do both, Trump will have to win over Democrats.

March 28, 2017

Gizmodo’s Ryan Mandelbaum reports on science sting to take down fraudulent academic journals.

March 27, 2017

Wired’s Garrett M. Graff chronicles the FBI’s hunt for America’s most wanted hacker.

March 24, 2017

In The Atlantic’s April cover story, Liza Mundy wonders why a new industry isn’t more innovative when it comes to gender diversity.

March 23, 2017

Quartz’s Sarah Kessler says IBM was a pioneer of letting employees work remotely, but now they changed their mind.

March 22, 2017

Axios’ Jonathan Swan says the bill’s authors are struggling to please both Republican moderates and the far-right.

March 21, 2017

The Atlantic’s Clare Foran gives a recap of Day 1 of the confirmation hearing and a look ahead to day 2.

March 20, 2017

Neil Harbisson has a surgically-implanted antenna that helps him hear color.

March 17, 2017

When it comes to cyber attacks, we don’t really have any red lines.

March 15, 2017

60dB reporters Daisy Rosario and Brenda Salinas give you a rundown of all the new technology they saw at SXSW.

March 13, 2017

Quartz’ Leah Fessler shows you how to look for visual clues that employees might not be happy.

March 10, 2017

The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins dug into Trump’s history.

March 8, 2017

Quartz’ Ana Campoy says Trump, yes Trump, might be the president that finally achieves comprehensive immigration reform.

March 7, 2017

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin says conservative politicians are doing some risky calculus.

March 6, 2017

Photographer Sima Diab spent time on a refugee rescue ship off the coast of Libya

March 3, 2017

Politico’s Josh Meyer points out the parallels and the differences.

March 2, 2017

Fusion’s Rafael Fernandez de Castro and Tim Rodgers discuss how Mexico could hit back at the Trump administration

March 1, 2017

Politico’s Ben Schreckinger thought he was in shape, until he tried RBG’s workout.

February 28, 2017

The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis gives us a preview of what Trump might say tonight.

February 27, 2017

Quartz’ Leah Fessler spent last week saying some pretty nasty things to robots — for science.

February 23, 2017

The Atlantic’s Supreme Court correspondent Garrett Epps weighs in on Hernandez v Mesa

February 23, 2017

Quartz’ Steve Levine says for the American press, Trump is just a drill.

February 22, 2017

Vox’s Dara Lind gives us the lowdown on Secretary Kelly’s memos to the Department of Homeland Security

February 21, 2017

The Atlantic’s David Frum outlines what an effective protest movement would look like.

February 20, 2017

Research shows immigrants actually decrease an area’s crime rate.

February 17, 2017

Wired writer Emily Dreyfuss explains the Illusory Truth Effect

February 16, 2017

Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker asks if VP Mike Pence is outside of President Trump’s inner circle.

February 15, 2017

Fusion’s Jorge Rivas talks about the nationwide ICE operation that detained over 680 immigrants over 5 days.

February 13, 2017

The Atlantic’s David Graham wonders if Trump might vote one of his advisors off the island.

February 9, 2017

The Washington Post’s Andrew Blake thinks we could be heading towards a constitutional crisis.

February 9, 2017

Quartz’ David Yanofsky breaks down his interactive graph documenting the breath of Mexican imports.

February 8, 2017

Quartz’s Gwynn Guilford unpacks what Trump’s chief policy advisor wants to accomplish.

February 7, 2017

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle discusses Trump’s evolving relationship with Wall St.

February 4, 2017

Football player Zac Easter suffered from CTE — but he never played past high school. Reid Forgrave, as well as Zac himself, tells the story of Zac’s football-induced descent into darkness.

February 2, 2017

What are the mass-surveillance implications of drug-testing sewage?

February 1, 2017

The Washington Post’s Darla Cameron talks about President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

January 31, 2017

Victoria Advocate Editor Chris Cobler talks about the fire that ravaged a Muslim community in Texas

January 31, 2017

Wired’s Klint Finley talks about why all the apps to contact your representatives might have unintended consequences.

January 30, 2017

Brendan Koerner talks to Brenda Salinas about a controversial program in Minneapolis that tries to rehabilitate wannabe terrorists.

January 28, 2017

Buzzfeed writer Doree Shafrir talks about NBC’s runaway hit, This is US

January 28, 2017

Foreign Policy’s Molly O’Toole explains what Trump’s actions on refugees and Arab immigrants really mean.

January 27, 2017

What if you could shrink the government and keep all the good stuff?

January 26, 2017

President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promises.

January 25, 2017

Secretary of Health and Human Services had a second confirmation hearing yesterday.

January 24, 2017

Trump’s executive pen got a workout.

January 23, 2017

Philanthropists, governments and vaccine makers are investing 500 million dollars to save the world.

January 22, 2017

For the Trump administration, counting crowds is a political act.

January 20, 2017

Democrats are unprepared for the age of President Donald Trump.

January 19, 2017

President Obama’s last minute pardons don’t alter his legacy of attacking whistleblowers.

January 19, 2017

Trump’s transition stumbles into office with key vacancies and a fundamental disagreement on Russia.

January 18, 2017

President-Elect Trump just threatened to dismantle the American-European Alliance as we know it.

January 17, 2017

There are lots of people staring gofundme campaigns to cover medical bills

January 13, 2017

We haven’t had a billionaire president, but we have had a billionaire mayor — Michael Bloomberg

January 12, 2017

It’s not just blue collar workers who should be concerned.

January 10, 2017

Today is going to be a crazy day in politics.

January 9, 2017

How do women deal with unwanted pregnancies when legal abortion isn’t accessible?

December 23, 2016

A new study says the U.S. looses billions of dollars by not legalizing unauthorized workers.

December 22, 2016

2,500 business have popped up in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

December 21, 2016

Will women have to compete with submissive robots?

December 19, 2016

For something she did during her time as France’s Chief Finance Minister.

December 19, 2016

Conservative Christian Mark Baurlein makes the case for Donald Trump.

December 16, 2016

Two scientists are making big waves in the physics community with their new theoretical research.

December 15, 2016

Is the Fed acting out of political partisanship like Donald Trump says?

December 14, 2016

When Sameer Siddiqi was in junior high, 2 FBI agents knocked on his family’s door.

December 13, 2016

Why is President-Elect Donald Trump forming such a brass-heavy cabinet?

December 12, 2016

Trump’s Carrier deal has nothing on Enrique Peña Nieto’s Walmart score.

December 9, 2016

After a tragedy, Oakland must reckon with its affordability crisis

December 8, 2016

Kimberly Lyle thinks African-Americans should stop lionizing Castro as champion of black liberation

Analysts say the “Tough Love” industry is worth 1.2 billion dollars.

December 6, 2016

The economy is changing, but there are still good middle class jobs out there.

December 5, 2016

The hash tage #AirbnbWhileBlack highlights just how easily discrimination can reshape the sharing economy. But online marketplaces didn’t always work this way. And if they are well designed they don’t have to. The first generation of online marketplaces, including eBay, Amazon, and Priceline, made it hard for sellers to discriminate. Transactions were conducted with relative anonymity.

December 1, 2016

Fake news isn’t a recent problem in the US — it almost destroyed Abraham Lincoln

Donald Trump has called for a national awakening in the U.S. — but really he is sparking one in Mexico.

November 29, 2016

Can a fringe group like the Alt-Right really affect our politics?

November 23, 2016

Trump’s plan focuses on trade, deregulation, tax cuts and spending.

November 22, 2016

What can you do if a kid you know is experiencing racial bullying?

November 21, 2016

What does the way Vice President-Elect Mike Pence reacted to an HIV outbreak as governor in Indiana tell us about his relationship with science?

November 17, 2016

There are signs of chaos in Trump’s transition team.

November 17, 2016

Caitlin Leach was surprised at her classmates’ reaction to Trump’s election.

November 16, 2016

President Elect Donald Trump has promised to punish so-called “sanctuary cities”.

November 14, 2016

Young undocumented immigrants who obtained protected status through President Obama’s executive action face an uncertain future under a Trump administration.

November 11, 2016

Yes, it is possible for Trump and Clinton supporters to have productive (and calm) conversations.

November 9, 2016

Trump’s victory astounded pollsters and was likely driven by high turnout amongst unlikely voters.

November 8, 2016

If you want to help voters stuck in long lines, send them a pizza!

The Latino vote is shaping up to be decisive in 2016. What happens next?

November 8, 2016

It turns out pockets are a political construct.

November 7, 2016

Some experts say it’s the legal way to steal an election.

November 4, 2016

New documents show that AT&T is spying on Americans for profit.

November 3, 2016

Walmart raised it’s base wage and sales actually went up, does that mean we should raise the federal minimum wage?

Why is Facebook promoting bogus news stories?

November 1, 2016

So what would happen if non-Koreans attempted to break into the scene and channel that same pop aesthetic? Well, we’re about to find out.

November 1, 2016

It’s 11 times bigger than the White House, and it’s a lot more interesting.

One school in St. Louis found an unlikely cause of absenteeism and it did something about it.

October 31, 2016

Want to get more women with kids to work full time?

October 28, 2016

Trump’s vague and reckless calls for supporters to “monitor” elections is voter intimidation, and it may be illegal under the Voting Rights Act.

October 28, 2016

If you want to save the birds, you may have to kill the cats.

October 26, 2016

Executive powers have expanded over the last few terms

October 25, 2016

Analysis suggests people will never live much beyond 115 but some scientists say that it’s too soon to assume a fixed shelf-life.

October 21, 2016

The battle to retake a city from ISIS is being live-streamed

October 18, 2016

A new federal program signed up hordes of eager students — just as the industry went bust.

October 18, 2016

It’s more than a victory lap, the Clinton campaign is spending money in traditionally red states.

October 17, 2016

Data-driven software promises to eliminate long waits

Think you can tell when your kid is lying? Think again

October 14, 2016

Many men, in fact, see Trump as the candidate who can restore men’s status in society. According to several recent analyses, about half of men feel American culture has become too soft and feminine, and they feel men are suffering as a result.

October 14, 2016

Several recent studies show that when men feel persecuted, they turn to Donald Trump for affirmation.

Several recent studies show that when men feel persecuted, they turn to Donald Trump for affirmation.

The story might sound familiar.

October 13, 2016

Sexual assault on planes maybe more common than you think.

October 11, 2016

Making your tweet go viral is no accident.

October 10, 2016

Brenda Salinas interviews Jared Lindzon about new research on the ways people quit their jobs and what employers can learn from losing an employee.

October 10, 2016

The way someone chooses to leave their job can serve as a “diagnostic tool” for the company.

October 7, 2016

Try real-life dating is hard? Try seducing a fictional character

October 6, 2016

Shirley Jackson became a literary icon in 1948 while raising 4 kids

October 5, 2016

The great veep debate of 2016.

October 4, 2016

What is the moral cost of subscription meal boxes?

October 3, 2016

Meet the guy biohacking puppies to make them glow in the dark.

September 30, 2016

Who run the world? Kids who scored high on the SAT at age 12

September 29, 2016

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your social media posts when you die?

September 28, 2016

Do you know where your old electronics are?

September 27, 2016

One a girl goes to juvenile court, it can be hard to escape the system.

September 23, 2016

Despite recent events in Tulsa if Police want to cut down on the shootings of unarmed citizens they should hire more women.

September 23, 2016

Chris Christie was on the baseball team in high school. David Wildstein was the team statistician. He’s been a sidekick ever since — but soon he might take the Governor down.

September 22, 2016

Research shows adding more women to the force helps reduce police brutality.

September 21, 2016

Expensive American cities need to embrace group living. A messy fight in Colorado shows how hard that can be.

September 20, 2016

The best thing our society could do to stop police brutality might be treat PTSD among cops.

September 20, 2016

To win the election, Hillary Clinton needs to get millennials of color to turn out the vote.

September 19, 2016

The first think piece about Millennials that won’t make you want to puke

September 15, 2016

Kentucky’s 2016 teacher of the year says all kids need time for exploration and play.

September 14, 2016

Jerry Hayes was beloved by beekeepers all over American. Then he did the unthinkable, he took a job at Monsanto.

September 13, 2016

Richmond was once the epicenter of black finance. What happened there explains the decline of black-owned banks across the country.

September 9, 2016

Airlines are surprisingly ill-equipped to handle accusations of sexual assault on their planes.

September 8, 2016

WhatsApp has become a virtual lifeline for the only “doctors” remaining in small town in Syria.

September 7, 2016

Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn in homework.

Brenda Salinas at 60dB

All the stories Brenda Salinas made for 60dB.

September 16, 2017

Reporter Brenda Salinas wanted to understand how detaining immigrants can be such a profitable business for private prison companies.

September 15, 2017

A Stanford computer science major developed a free tool to help Americans take Equifax to small claims court.

August 29, 2017

60dB reporter Brenda Salinas is in her hometown of Houston during Tropical Storm Harvey.

August 29, 2017

60dB’s Brenda Salinas talks to Jeff Masters, he’s the co-founder of Weather Underground, a web site that meteorologists go to get inside information about severe weather.

August 29, 2017

Geopolitics reporter Max de Haldevang says this is a serious blow to American soft power.

August 25, 2017

After Tropical Storm Allison devastated the Houston Medical Center in 2001, the area’s 21 hospitals banded together to make sure it never happens again.

August 24, 2017

Axios’ Alexi McCammond says Chief of Staff John Kelly can only do so much to keep President Donald Trump in line.

August 22, 2017

Axios’ Deputy News Desk Editor Dave Lawler gives us the debrief on Trump’s prime-time Presidential address.

August 18, 2017

Axios’ Alayna Treene explains what Trump could be thinking.

August 17, 2017

Reverend Ann Willet of First United Methodist Church in Dallas Texas had a sermon go viral.

August 16, 2017

Laura Smith writes women have been an integral part of white supremacist movements throughout history.

August 11, 2017

Axios’ Dan Primack has the scoop: Benchmark Capital is suing Uber Founder Travis Kalanick for fraud.

August 10, 2017

Axios’ Mike Allen says the culture wars have finally come to Silicon Valley.

July 31, 2017

Quartz’ special projects editor Lauren Brown brings us three bite-sized business stories from Quartz Index.

July 27, 2017

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Molly Cohen, associate counsel with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. has four lines of defense.

Reporter Robbie Gramer unpacks rumors of a so-called “Rexit” at the State Department.

July 25, 2017

Brenda Salinas met Joshua Browder, a Stanford computer science major who is automating legal aid and talked to Renee Knake, a legal ethicist, about what it means for the legal professor.

July 21, 2017

Quartz’ Mike Murphy and Jacob Templin talk about the robotics companies that are hiring Pixar engineers to design their robots.

July 20, 2017

Politico’s Dan Diamond reports that after fending off challenges to their tax-exempt status, the biggest hospitals boosted revenue while cutting charity care.

July 19, 2017

A study found adults see black girls as ‘less innocent,’ Jonita Davis says that’s shocking everyone but black moms

July 18, 2017

Ashley Rodriguez says the real fight in the TV streaming wars is not over you. It’s over your kids.

July 15, 2017

The Atlantic’s Adrienne Lafrance tells us about the technology that makes it difficult to discern between videos of real people and avatars who can be programmed to say anything.

July 13, 2017

Journalist Nathan Kohrman argues that medical schools should do more to accommodate students with disabilities, and we talk to one such student, Molly Fausone.

July 11, 2017

The Atlantic’s David Graham breaks down the latest development in the Trump camp Russian collusion saga.

July 11, 2017

Racked’ Eliza Brooke explores why American women are so obsessed with French lifestyle brands. Illustration by Rebecca Clarke.

July 10, 2017

The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan reports dentists are surprisingly well organized, and they have a political tool unlike any other.

July 6, 2017

Quartz’ Nikhil Sonnad found surprising similarities in the products on Goop’s and Infowars’ online stores.

July 3, 2017

Writing for Vox, Allison Yarrow writes the U.S. is one of the most dangerous places to have a baby.

June 30, 2017

ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum thinks TMZ has playing the access journalism game and winning. Or are they losing?

June 29, 2017

Wired’s Issie Lapowski went to her old middle school to check in on kids going through a News Literacy Project curriculum.

June 26, 2017

Writing for The Atlantic, Helaine Olen explored all the ways people try to raise money to pay for their medical bills.

June 23, 2017

In an investigation for Bloomberg, Cam Simpson found that American chip manufacturers outsourced their toxic chipmaking processes to South Korea.

June 22, 2017

60dB’s Brenda Salinas and Vice’s Ankita Rao have a frank discussion about their first-hand frustrations with movies about eating disorders.

June 21, 2017

The Washington Post’s William Wan explores why Big Tobacco targets rural Americans.

June 20, 2017

T.R. Reid says we could save a huge amount of money if we accepted that we’re all going to die.

June 19, 2017

Vice’s tech editor Noah Kulwin says Spotify is in a pickle.

June 16, 2017

We can all agree the shooting in Virginia was a tragedy. Let it also be an opportunity for substantive conversation.

June 15, 2017

Concealed Carry Magazine’s Kevin Michalowski says the Congressional shooting is an example of why more people should legally carry guns.

The Week’s Anthony Fisher writes a plea for sympathy and restraint after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday morning.

June 14, 2017

Political Scientist Robert Spitzer analyzes why pro-gun groups typically don’t make public statements about mass shootings.

June 14, 2017

Writing for the Atlantic, Michael Frank explains how farms in upstate New York are dealing with the fear of worker deportation.

June 12, 2017

Quartz’ Special Projects Editor Lauren Brown gives us 3 bite-sized business stories.

June 9, 2017

The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland takes us behind a new immigration court in Louisiana.

June 8, 2017

Writing for Buzzfeed, Doug Bock Clark explains why the U.S. is trying to remake the world’s prisons.

June 7, 2017

The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger explains this mismatch strikes right at the heart of a lot of concerns about the Trump family’s business interests.

June 6, 2017

Quartz’ fashion correspondent Marc Bain takes a closer look at organic fashion.

June 5, 2017

The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports that with the state budget in crisis, nearly a fifth of Oklahoma school districts are holding school just four days a week.

June 2, 2017

The University of Chicago sent a welcome letter to all new students warning that the University won’t censor controversial speech or offer trigger warnings in class.

September 2, 2016

Black students at an elite South African school are protesting for their right to wear natural hair

September 1, 2016

Does showing pictures of terrorist create empathy for terrorists?

August 31, 2016

When young, upwardly mobile Latinos move back to their old neighborhoods, some residents are wary of the changes they bring.

August 29, 2016

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to identify speech patterns associated with the early stages of schizophrenia.

August 29, 2016

This catchy vocal fluctuation is showing up all over pop music.

August 25, 2016

Epi Pen’s profits are up 600%

August 25, 2016

Private prisons are unlikely to disappear, despite the Obama administration’s decision to stop using them within the federal prison system.

August 24, 2016

Ryan Lochte and Donald Trump gave seemingly insincere apologies to the press, is it a sign of the times?

No way is Trump going to lose Texas, so why is hold a rally in proud-to-be-blue Austin?

August 23, 2016

Chicago uses predictive algorithms to get ahead of likely crime — but instead of using these tools to deliver help victims they may have become a cyber drag net.

August 22, 2016

Is a feminist icon responsible for the misogynist statements her employees make?

August 17, 2016

Bloomberg reporter Esmé E. Deprez took a 3000 mile bus trip across the United States to speak with voters

August 17, 2016

A new Pew Research Center study shows that segregation is alive and well on social media

We are living in a segregated social media world.

August 16, 2016

Woodpeckers constantly bang their heads against trees, and you don’t see them wearing little bird helmets.

August 15, 2016

A Christian football coach is suing his school district for not letting him lead a prayer on the field, and that’s where the Satanists come in.

August 12, 2016

How the Philippines’ new leader is letting people get away with murder

It’s not the Olympics, but there are still blood, sweat and tears at the Microsoft Office World Championships

August 11, 2016

The Media’s Olympic coverage reminds us how taxing it is to be a female athlete

August 10, 2016

Are license plate readers that were installed to fight terrorism being used to fine and ticket low income communities?

Chinese women are paying $60,000 for a professional to befriend the ‘other woman’ and break up their husband’s affair.

August 8, 2016

An Indy Star investigation revealed that USA Gymnastics repeatedly failed to investigate charges of sex abuse

August 4, 2016

Ticket bot software helps tech-savvy scalpers make millions off Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’

August 3, 2016

This year a team of refugees will compete at the Olympic games

August 3, 2016

Molly O’Toole takes us on a trip to Tripoli and explains what’s up with the recent US bombing.

August 2, 2016

Heated rhetoric on immigration has Latino voters riled up and ready for November.

August 2, 2016

Immigration rhetoric has Latino voters riled up.

July 28, 2016

Donald Trump is seeking to hire more foreign guest workers for his companies

July 27, 2016

After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Police have been increasing their presence in gay spaces, but not everyone feels safer.

July 25, 2016

Tim Kaine speaks Spanish. Latinos need more than that to be impressed.

July 23, 2016

Russia is facing a likely ban from the Olympics in Rio. Emily Tamkin outlines what is know about the Russian doping program.

July 22, 2016

What’s said inside an Uber at the RNC.

July 20, 2016

Square is guilting us into tipping basically everyone.

July 20, 2016

There is a billion dollar battle over a new gene splicing technique called Crispr

July 20, 2016

A federal appeals court rules the Texas Voter ID law is discriminatory

July 20, 2016

Its official, Trump is the nominee. Christie Attacks. Tiffany Charms

July 19, 2016

Is it cool to use Black Lives Matter as your Starbucks name?

July 19, 2016

Protesters have been told not to bring soap boxes or pillow to the RNC…but guns, guns are ok.

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A new audio startup focuses on tailoring a playlist of short form stories that fit into a listener’s day

60dB, named for the volume at which a human speaks and founded by a former Planet Money reporter and two others with backgrounds at Netflix, is being teased as a “service for high-quality, short-form stories.”
Give the people what they want, when they want it, where they want it. It’s the mandate of streaming services like Spotify or Netflix, but the thinking around on-demand, personalized content has fully permeated the world of audio storytelling. (Seriously, search “Netflix of podcasting.” Every shiny new audio service has gotten the aspirational label, from Audible’s Channels to NPR One to Howl to Gimlet).

Now there’s one more new audio service on the horizon, co-founded by former NPR Planet Money reporter Steve Henn along withJohn Ciancutti and Steve McLendon, both with long histories at — wait for it — Netflix. 60dB, named for the volume at which a (calm) human speaks, is being teased as a “service for high-quality, short-form stories,” though the co-founders were more reticent about sharing too many details of its inner workings when I spoke to them prior to the announcement of the service Thursday morning (Ciancutti, Henn, and McLendon’s company is called Tiny Garage Labs).

60dB will start off as an iOS app, and then move into a broader universe of devices. A working version of the product exists and has been tested within a tiny group, but isn’t being released to the broader public just yet, though you can sign up to get notified when it is available. (I haven’t played with it either, and the team isn’t releasing screenshots or other materials at the moment).But in broad strokes: Users open the app, and it take signals from what subjects and types of stories and even people they’ve indicated they like, and 60dB will refine that feed of stories over time. The stories available on the platform will be easily searchable and contain familiar content aggregated from elsewhere, but also plenty of shortform content is new for the platform — emphasis on short.

There are “incredible stories people aren’t getting to hear,” Henn told me, whether because the length of many of the available podcasts “don’t fit into people’s lives,” or because it’s too difficult to discover shorter programming in single place.

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I immediately thought of Acast’sattempts to emphasize diverse creators and niche interests, and of the constantly personalizing feed that NPR One offers. Henn and Ciancutti said that NPR One was a reasonable comparison: “But we wouldn’t be building this if we didn’t genuinely believe there wasn’t a good option already out there.” (I also immediately jumped to other conclusions, but 60dB isapparently not where NPR One lead Sara Sarasohn, who is leaving NPR, is headed)60dB also intends to offer data to the people creating for the platform, and not just barebones metrics. One of Henn’s last stories for Planet Money was about A/B testing, for which the team actually tested the effectiveness of the Planet Money episode lede on NPR One.

“One of the things we realized when we can see this type of data is that people can tune out of a story skip or tune out very early, first few seconds, first minute or two of a longer podcast. If you’re going to lose a chunk of your audience, that’s the point at which you lose them,” Henn said. “So just knowing that allows you to think really carefully about what’s the best way to reduce this. That’s tremendously powerful. This is something I really want to share this with everyone else who might be doing this for a living. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. This is late in my career, and now I’m going ‘ah ha!’”

The team declined to say more when I asked about who was paying for Tiny Garage Labs’ work and what the revenue model going forward would be, but Ciancutti dropped a small hint at the direction the team might prefer to go.

“We are not telling our funding story right now. We’ve got plenty of thoughts on monetization, but no one point of view on that at this point,” he said. “But you can see there’s three co-founders, and two of us spent twelve years at Netflix. Looking at our backgrounds you could imagine some of the biases that we have.”

“Netflix was a powerful example of how you can build a company to change consumer behavior in an industry like television, but also create a business model that really has lead to a golden age for high quality television,” Henn added. “The way the industry works now supports more great stuff than ever before. And that’s not a given when a media institution makes the transition into the digital world. That’s what I left Planet Money to work on.”

Oil bust forces Texas H-1B visa holders to exit country

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Twenty thousand workers have been laid off this year in the oil and gas industry across the country as the price of oil has slumped. The cutbacks are especially hard for foreign workers here on what are known as H-1B visas. For them, getting laid off doesn’t just mean leaving the office, it means leaving the country.

Scottish-born Graeme Slaven loves living in Katy, Texas.

“We like the fact that it’s easy to make friends here, we like the fact that the education system is fantastic,” Slaven said. “We enjoy being able to live in a house that for the same price back in the U.K. would be about a third or a quarter of the size.”

Slaven had survived several rounds of layoffs at the oil and gas security company where he worked for seven years. When his bosses called him into their office a few weeks ago, he wasn’t surprised. “I wasn’t in shock then, I could read the situation,” he said.

 The same thing had happened to a lot of the friends he met at his local golf club. In just a few months, he saw his entire expat community shrink.

“I actually got to the point where I couldn’t face going to any more going-away parties,” Slaven said. “They were happening with increasing regularity.”

Before getting a pink slip, Slaven was in line to get a green card. He owns a home, his sons play on local soccer teams. His youngest, Niall, who’s 9, has lived here since he was a toddler. “There are only, like, two people that I know in Scotland,” he said.

Slaven and his expat friends used to play golf at the Willow Fork Country Club.

“Every Friday during Lent we had fish and chips, and we had a big crowd that showed up for that,” club manager Richard Rowell said. “You know, if an Englishman tells you the fish and chips are pretty good, you have a thumbs up.”

The exodus of foreign oil workers has hit the club pretty hard in the last few months.

“Eighty to 100 families have relocated to their home country primarily because of job changes and changes in the economy,” Rowell said.

Graeme Slaven has a type of visa called an H-1B. Eighty-five thousand of them are allotted every year to professional workers through quotas to different countries.

Immigration attorney Ken Harder said once a foreign worker is laid off, they have few legal options.

“Much like Capt. Kirk might be beamed up by Scotty, in theory, when an H-1B worker is terminated from employment, he should vaporize and disappear,” Harder said.

Harder’s firm has seen the impact of low oil and gas prices directly.

“I would say since 8 a.m. on January 4th, the first business day this year, we’ve been furiously busy dealing with inquiries both from companies that need to downsize, as well as individuals who have been or are about to be downsized, so it’s been a real profound issue given the local economy here in Houston these last few months,” Harder said.

Slaven has a slim margin of hope. If he can find another employer willing to sponsor him, he can stay — but he knows that’s unlikely.

“The best-case scenario is a miracle,” Slaven said, “that somebody else is interested in employing me. The chances of that at this point in time are slim.”

A quick search on a job board turns up just a few companies willing to sponsor H-1B visas. Most of those companies are in IT, which is not a field Slaven has experience in.

Right now he’s trying to figure out a way to stay in the U.S. until the end of the school year, before he moves his family back to Scotland — a move he’s trying desperately to avoid.

Why This Small Coffee Business Doesn’t Need to Compete on Price

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Every coffee company has an angle.

Folgers made it fast. Nabob made it romantic. Starbucks made it hip. And today, artisanal coffee is making it expensive. But how do you convince someone to pay a lot more for their coffee? The answer is actually pretty simple: all you need to do is tell a story.

We sat down with Helen Schafer, owner of Tiny House Coffee Roasters, to find out more.

In this interview, you’ll…

  • Find out how a great story can help you charge more for your products
  • Discover an easy way to tell your story (without an advertising budget)
  • Learn about product positioning and why it’s your key to boosting sales

Check out the full interview below:

Want to hear more? Listen to the rest of episode six now.

Lessons For Sale: A New Marketplace for Teachers

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Think of it as Etsy for educators. That’s how CEO Adam Freed says some people describe it.

“You can buy so much on Teachers Pay Teachers,” Freed says. “You can find worksheets and activities that are supplementary curriculum…. You can find supplies you’d use in your classroom like cool posters or new ways to tag books for different levels of readers in your classroom,” he says.

Teaching has always been more of a challenge than most non-teachers realize. San Antonio first grade teacher Reagan Tunstall says with state and district requirements changing almost every year, teachers feel endless pressure to keep their material fresh.

“All of the extra things that we need to do – planning for the next week – all happen in the evenings and it takes away that precious family time,” Tunstall says. “So, I think when the state changes things – which they often do…it’s more of a time stealer. We’re planning what we’re doing next and when things are unfamiliar it just takes longer to make sure that we’re hitting all of those objectives and expectations for every student. So, it can be very difficult especially when the year is in full swing and we’re already filling that time crunch.”

Tunstall says she thought ‘I should be compensated for this work.’ She says it was frustrating that all the work that went into planning was used just once.

“In the end, I upload everything. The basic idea is that it’s based on about 10 cents a page but really it kind of depends on the content and the time spent. As a teacher I know budgets are tight so I try to price it very affordably,” Tunstall explains. “Just knowing that other teachers are using it is a huge, just amazing fulfilling feeling, so that’s really what I get out of it.”

If a student buys an essay online, it’s considered cheating. But fourth grade teacher Nina Gufstason says buying lesson plans online isn’t cutting corners.

“It’s definitely different, because you are paying for someone’s ideas,” she says. “I think you’re working smarter not harder. And I think that is where teachers need to move – is to work with each other and not just depend on having to do everything themselves.”

Gufstason says the days are long, she gets to school at 7:15 a.m. and leaves around 7:15 p.m. And the lesson plans are not the only thing on her plate.

“The number one thing is my students and making sure that they’re, you know, taken care of and they’re learning and they’re having fun,” she says. “And so if I can use other people’s great ideas and make that happen, that’s what I should do.”

Gustafson says being a fourth grade teacher comes with a lot of challenges, long hours, rowdy kids, and big messes. But the best part, she says, is knowing that other teachers have your back.

Could Texas Ever Pass Canada’s No Tampon Sales Tax Law?

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No taxation with menstruation – that’s what 75,000 Canadians said in a petition to lobby the federal government to remove sales tax from feminine hygiene products. Jill Pieback led the movement from Toronto.

“We launched a campaign on January 26th with a goal of getting 50,000 signatures,” she says.

Along the way, they had a problem familiar to many women’s rights activists.

“The problem that we were facing in Canada is that there is no gender parity in our government,” Pieback says. “And this tax was so symbolic of so many other laws in Canada that have been made without considering women in this country.”

The petition was successful. The country’s government approved the tax exemption in a unanimous vote. In Texas, the state collects more than half a million dollars from taxes on feminine hygiene product every year. Steve Hanabutt is the president of Sales Tax Specialists in Plano.

“Currently the law says that any over the counter drugs that is required to be labeled with a drugs facts panel is going to be exempt from sales tax,” he says.

That means contact solution, laxatives and painkillers are exempt. Not to mention, groceries. Ann Dunkleburg is an associate director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin.

“That comes very close to having the same rationale or even food for the reasons that you wouldn’t want to put a sales tax on it,” Dunkleburg says. “But because of the sort of ‘good old boy’ nature of our history here, those things have never been considered for exemption before.”

So will Texas ever pass a law like Canada – lifting what some have called a ‘tampon tax?’

“I think, that it could eventually and it probably will eventually, but frankly it might not be the highest priority,” she says. “I think you know we had a hard time getting some important legislation about the ability of state employees to express milk at work or breastfeed, so it’s not as easy despite the fact that in 2015 we would think these things would be easier to do.”

Some activists are wondering if it might actually be easier to lobby feminine hygiene companies to sell kits – say a box of pads or tampons along with a bottle of pain reliever. If it has to have medical ingredients listed on the box, it would be tax exempt in the state of Texas.

Girls Summer Camp In Texas To Open Despite Recent Flooding

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This Sunday, 150 girls ages 6-16 will say goodbye to their parents, grab their trunks, and move into their summer cabins at Rocky River Ranch. The 50-year-old camp is a place preserved in time. When alumni drop off their little sisters and daughters, director Shanna Watson asks them if anything looks different.

“I always like to ask that question to alumni that come because we’ve done a lot of work but always in the effort to keep it the same,” she says.

But after the Memorial Day floods, the camp’s riverbank is unrecognizable. Dozens of giant sycamore trees are turned on their sides, rocks and debris from houses upstream litter the once pristine view. And the view is not the only thing the camp lost.

“We had moved all of our kayaks up here because that’s what we do when it’s gonna flood and they’re usually safe up here on this hill, and we had like a storage shed that had our paddles and our life jackets and all of our rappelling equipment and like the whole shed is gone, not like a little rubber maid, it was a real wooden shed,” Watson explains.

Counselor Maddie Hammil and her coworkers are brainstorming how they’ll make up for not being able to use the river this year.

“It’s going to be pretty hard but we’re just going to have to explain that camp is going to be a little different this year,” Hammil says. “Just like we rotate through some of the programs we do in the evenings – we’re going to have to rotate through some of the classes, including classes up at the pool, so they’ll still be able to get in the water if that’s what they have their hearts set on, and like a ton of other beautiful places on camp.

Meanwhile, volunteers are busy chopping up the dead trees and separating the brush from the debris. Bailey Rainey is clearing the way for a new campfire.

“So campfire is how we end each session here at camp,” Rainey says. “It’s always been the perfect view of the river, and the rocks, it’s almost a sacred place on camp, so I feel blessed to be able to clean the area that’s going to be that place again because the old one is not so much there anymore.”

Director Shanna Watson says even though the river is now swollen, dangerous and will be off-limits, so far, they’ve had no cancellations

“What our hope is that they will realize you know camp is amazing no matter what activities you’re doing,” Watson says. “You know the activities are a tool for the bigger part of camp, that’s what we’re going to focus on, the relationships and growing independent girls and we feel comfortable we can do that, even without the river activities.”

The goal is for the girls to love camp anyway. That way they’ll come back next year and experience the river the way their moms and sisters did before them.