America has a physician shortage. One solution: let students complete school and see patients earlier.

Just 500 farmers in one Arizona county may decide the fate of the entire Southwest.

One county’s $1 billion farming economy is loath to renounce upstream rights as the Colorado River slows to trickle.

↩︎ Water Deeply
Puerto Rico's power blackout finally ended on Tuesday. It was the longest continuous outage in the nation's history.

Your first thought after a big psychedelic experience is not “When can I do it again?” It’s like, “Do I ever have to do it again?”

An interview with Michael Pollan by someone who’s never tried psychedelics.

↩︎ The Mercatus Center
When a brewery creates an In-N-Stout beer, In-N-Out crafts a legal letter full of puns (in good spirits).
East Palo Alto used to be America's murder capital. Now it’s poised to break $1 million in median home prices.
Available for a minimum bid of $8,000, your very own US Border Patrol station in Arizona.
Baroque underwater photography by Hawaii-born Christy Lee Rogers.
Dollar General is growing fast in rural America, where some see its arrival as proof that a town is failing.

Through a combination of bad faith, motivated reasoning, and sheer incompetence, austerians have directly created the problem their entire program was supposed to avoid.

The argument that austerity was “the greatest mistake of economic policy analysis since 1929.”

↩︎ The Week
The Islamic State, rebounding from setbacks, still has more than 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Democrats bet on boring in the Midwest, and nominate the first transgender candidate for governorship in Vermont.
The rosé market is flush with "bulk" wine—low-quality grapes, underripe fruit, red wine by-products.

“An escalator can only become stairs.” Most of Mitch Hedberg’s material I would steal and make as my own and people would be like, “Yeah, that still makes sense.”

Comedians explain which jokes they wish they could steal.

↩︎ Vulture

While my nephew, Stephen, was famously recovering from the hardships of his high school cafeteria in Santa Monica, Joseph was a child on his own in Sudan in fear of being deported back to Eritrea to face execution for desertion.

The uncle of Trump’s immigration architect says their family wouldn’t have suvived his policies.

↩︎ Politico
The only song ever sung in a court of law is "Home! Sweet Home!" by a defense attorney in 1935. His client got life.
Researchers are conflicted about why money developed in certain ancient societies and not others.

“Jaguar is the day’s animal. It means fortitude,” Plevin told us as we moved on to the next activity. “Pick a partner. Discuss your need for fortitude.”

A day with the San Francisco-based Forest Bathing Club.

↩︎ Outside Magazine
A scathing grand jury investigation implicates more than 300 "predator priests" in Pennsylvania.