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  • 11 months ago | Longform

    It was the winter of our discontent, 2009. A season of bank failures, massive layoffs and $5-a-gallon gasoline. Finally, a fractured country could at least agree on one thing: This had to change. So President Barack Obama set out to deactivate the...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    When you're good at something, you want to leverage that. Monsanto's specialty is killing stuff. In the early years, the St. Louis biotech giant helped pioneer such leading chemicals as DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange. Unfortunately, these breakthrough...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Houston's Riverside General Hospital specialized in the kind of medicine its better-heeled brethren did their best to avoid. Like treating the poor, the mentally ill, the drug-addled. So it's no surprise that the 95-year-old nonprofit — form...

  • 2 years ago | Music News

    Agnostic Front is a bellwether of New York hardcore. The band's seminal 1984 full-length debut, Victim in Pain, assailed injustice, conformity and society's norms, raging through eleven paeans to alienation in fifteen minutes. Celebrating three de...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    A year ago, Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, studied the tax returns of 280 corporations. What the group found was a Beltway version of a Mafia protection scheme. From 2008 to 2010, at least thirty Fortune 500 companies &md...

  • 3 years ago | Profiles

    Josh Abbott (due at the Grizzly Rose this Friday, June 1) got his start playing country music while attending Texas Tech in Lubbock, spending his nights watching artists like Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Eli Young Band and Randy Rogers r...