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The Hidden Crisis in Rural America

Source:  The Atlantic It’s prohibitively difficult to access mental-health services in rural America.  That’s because, relative to urban areas, rural counties have so few mental-health professionals. The majority of non-metropolitan counties in the U.S. don’t have a...

How an ICE immigration raid tore apart a small midwest town

Source:  The Daily Beast In his prior feature-length and short documentaries, director Rodrigo Reyes has investigated the North American immigrant experience via both intimate character studies ("Lupe Under the Sun") and expansive expressionistic portraitures...

“After Parkland” explores the aftermath of a mass shooting

Source:  Los Angeles Times As its title implies, “After Parkland” was filmed by directors Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman in the days, weeks, and months following the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February...

Welcome to the Hunger Capital of America: Memphis, Tennessee

Source: The Guardian In the "food deserts" of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food restaurants and convenience stores, locals lack what seems like a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these...

Meth is making a comeback

Source:  VICE While the war on opioids rages on in America, meth is making a comeback. Legislation around the war on drugs has shifted dramatically in the decade since Congress first went after methamphetamine, with states like California passing laws that let people...

The Extremely Inefficient—And Only—Way to Trace Guns in the U.S.

Source:  The Atlantic On television, when a perpetrator leaves a gun at the scene, a quick computer search can point law enforcement to the weapon’s owner.  In reality—at least in the United States—no such database of firearms exists. To have one would be illegal,...

Wanted for Drug Trafficking: Life on the Run

Source:  VICE Music artist Quintin “Q Nhannaz” Walters is ready to stop running. As a young kid, growing up in the spotlight of his parents — the late Buffy the Human Beatbox from The Fat Boys and rapper Queen Pen, featured artist on the classic song “No Diggity” — he...

The legacy of Jim Crow continues to loom large in Louisiana

Source:  The Atlantic The legacy of Jim Crow continues to loom large in the United States.  But nowhere is it arguably more evident than in Louisiana. In 1898, a constitutional convention in Louisiana successfully codified a slew of Jim Crow laws in a flagrant effort...

The Stonewall Inn: The Bar That Started It All

Source:  The New York Times Few places are so closely identified with the birth of a movement as the Stonewall Inn and the streets that surround it in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. This month marks 50 years since the Stonewall riot, which...

“17 Blocks” is essential viewing about race and class in America

Source:  The Playlist A documentary with cinéma vérité sensibilities and no qualms whatsoever about the honest presentation of its subjects, “17 Blocks” is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Director Davy Rothbart wisely removes himself from the effort to allow the...