This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird.

This world is full of surprises, some of them involving anti-vaccine activists, sedated bears, and the small-scale production of literal fake news. A couple of weeks ago, I thought I was working on a quick, weird story about an anti-vaccine activist in Florida who was attempting to hold a rally in her hometown…

The Inside Story Of How The Ricketts Family Schemed And Feuded Their Way To Owning The Chicago Cubs

On October 27, 2009, the Ricketts family officially purchased a 95 percent ownership stake in the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Company, bringing an end to a long, arduous, and complex sale process. Now, thanks to a cache of emails and documents obtained by Deadspin, more details from that process can be revealed than…

Tia, the Boutique Gyno, Wants a Whole Lot of Data About You and Your Vag

The Tia Clinic, a members-only doctor’s office that recently opened its first location in New York City, describes itself on Instagram as “part gyno’s office,” “part wellness center,” and “part lady fort.” Its office, near Madison Square Park, is rosy and speckled. Books by Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Didion are…

Jenny McCarthy's Autism Charity Has Helped Its Board Members Make Money Off Dangerous, Discredited Ideas

Camel’s milk. B12 lollipops. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers. “Ion-cleansing” foot baths. Chelation therapy. Gluten-free diets. Casein-free diets. Massive doses of nutritional supplements. All of these products and services have two things in common. First, mainstream (and widely trusted) medical bodies don’t recognize…

Alex Kotlowitz Book to Be Altered, Excerpt Pulled Off New York's Site Over Subjects' Concerns About Safety

Earlier this month, New York magazine published an excerpt from renowned journalist Alex Kotlowitz’s new book An American Summer. Like previous works of his, such as the book There Are No Children Here and the film The Interrupters, An American Summer is focused on violence and black life in Chicago. (“Kotlowitz aims…

What the Hell Actually Happens to Money You Put in A Flexible Spending Account? 

It was a pretty small amount of money Sharon Davis lost, which is typical. Davis is a professor of sociology at the University of La Verne in California, and as with many American workers who go to an office and sit at a desk as a member of the professional class, her employer-sponsored benefits included the chance to…

You Can't Keep Glenn Thrush Down (Because the New York Times Keeps Handing Him Plum Assignments Despite His Losing the White House Beat Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations) 

In November 2017, Vox published a story in which Glenn Thrush, then the White House correspondent for the New York Times, was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior towards female colleagues. Thrush, who’d been one of the most visible Times reporters in DC—he was frequently seen in the White House press briefing…

Here Are The Racist Conspiracy Emails Rotting Right-Wing Billionaire Joe Ricketts' Brain

Welcome back to the Billionaire’s Inbox, where we get a chance to hear from the other half, in its own words. Today we’re looking at how racist conspiracy theories have the potential to influence policy, as they’re read, shared, and internalized by a wildly influential class of political donors.

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