Pacific Standard

18 articles
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Untangling the legend of “Knausgaard-free days.”

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A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

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Policing the world of experimental research in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.

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How Korean immigrants in L.A. revolutionized fashion’s production cycle.

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“More than a café, the shop is a carpentered-together, ingenious mechanism—a specialized tool—designed to keep Carrelli tethered to herself.”

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How violent threats made online go unchecked.

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Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.

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The rise and fall of Intrade, the betting market for world events—elections, hurricanes, Academy Awards—and the death of its CEO near the top of Everest.

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A profile of personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, who built his biblically inspired get-out-of-debt empire on the premise “it’s within your power to not take part in recessions and the economic troubles facing American families.”

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“The only thing I’m able to conclude after my trip here is that it’s incredibly difficult for a poor country to go about getting un-poor.”

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“When it comes down to it, really, genes don’t make you who you are. Gene expression does. And gene expression varies depending on the life you live.”

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The “blood sport” of classical music reviews.

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What good can come of tragedy.

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Rethinking mobile homes as senior housing.

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New research upends ideas about culture’s impact on how our brains our wired.

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The impact of the oil and gas booms taking place all over the world, and our future on fossil fuels.

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On the LAPD’s decade-old cold case division: its detectives, its tactics, and its successes.

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Passengers get a free ride. Drivers get a passport to the HOV lane. Nobody pays, nobody talks. On “slugging,” the DIY commuter system in D.C. that’s being used by 10,000 people a day and taking thousands of cars off the road.