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Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every DayPhoto by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day

Originally Published: Slate • September 30, 2016

Late this summer, a raccoon kept entering my mom’s house through her cat door. This particular creature was savvy, dexterous, and driven, a kind of super-raccoon combining all the strengths of its species with none of the reticence of its country brethren.

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Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)Photo by Roberto Carlos Pecino Martinez

Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)

Originally Published: Slate • December 7, 2014

In 1985, as crack cocaine use was surging in American cities, the New England Journal of Medicine published a provocative study. Read more...

Sony Pictures Hack Reveals Stark Gender Pay GapPhoto by Nic McPhee

Sony Pictures Hack Reveals Stark Gender Pay Gap

Originally Published: Slate • December 5, 2014

At Sony’s Columbia Pictures division, a man and a woman have the same job and—oh dear, this is awkward—he’s making close to a million dollars more. Read more...

Baby, You Can’t Drive My Car: Why does the auto industry get women so wrong?

Baby, You Can’t Drive My Car: Why does the auto industry get women so wrong?

Originally Published: Slate • March 19, 2013 

Clotaire Rapaille, a French-born psychiatrist-turned-marketer, has a theory about what women want in cars. In focus groups, Rapaille uses Jungian psychoanalysis to probe consumers until they reveal the unconscious “archetypes” that supposedly reside in their “reptilian” brains, steering them toward certain purchases. Read more...
TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)Image courtesy of Disney Junior.

TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)

Originally Published: Slate.com • July 21, 2014 

It’s 2013, not 1985, but it’s still considerably harder for my preschool-age daughter to find representations of herself onscreen than it will be for our newborn son, once he starts watching TV.

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