Tag: california

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The Invisible Catastrophe

Over four months, a methane well in southern California’s Aliso Canyon leaked Lebanon’s equivalent of yearly emissions into the atmosphere. No one knows what the long-term effects will be.

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Sweatpants in Paradise

The immersive mise en scène of a Hollister flagship store, redolent of California beach towns that don’t exist, “lazy, hygienic sexuality,” and weed.

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Death of a Valley

In the middle of a new drought, looking back at a drowned California town.

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A Criminal Mind

Dr. Joel Dreyer was a respected psychiatrist. Then he took a sudden turn to a life of drug dealing. Medicine might be able to explain why.

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Welcome to Maternity Hotel California

On the underground economy of full-service Southern California apartment complexes marketed to Chinese birth-tourists.

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Life, Death and Chemicals

The “zone of sacrifice” that is Oxnard, California, where low-income workers are paying the price for pesticide use and chemical dumping.

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California Goes Nuts

It takes a gallon of water to grow a single almond. Yet in drought-ravaged California, hedge funds are racing to plant as many new trees as they can.

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Mass Effect

The eccentric inhabitants of the world’s largest rock—Giant Rock, a humongous boulder deep in the Mojave Desert.

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The Foreign Spell

To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.

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Zero Percent Water

Scenes from the California drought.