FROM Nora Caplan-Bricker
Trump's immigration order targets survivors of domestic abuse For more than a decade, the U.S. has offered a path to citizenship for victims of abuse. But President Trump’s executive order on immigration does away with special deportation categories like this one. What will happen to these vulnerable immigrants, many of them women?
Sexual assault in the skies A lot of women are sharing their stories of unwanted sexual attention this election season, including Los Angeles-based writer Ariana Lenarsky. She live-tweeted from a plane last weekend after a man grabbed her inappropriately as she boarded the flight. The man grabbed and rubbed her leg as she passed his seat. After she reported the incident to the flight attendants, Lenarsky learned that the rules governing what happens after a sexual assault on a flight are murky at best .
Instagram Hoax Turned Performance Art One woman’s three-part storyline on her move to Los Angeles was documented on Instagram in minute detail. From boozy brunches to frilly outfits, everything seemed perfect. But then things took a turn for the worse. One photo showed her posing with a gun and unable to kick a bad drug habit. Yet, before long, the woman had redeemed herself through yoga, posting photos in meditative poses, complete with the hashtags #namaste and #healthy. After about five months of this, the woman, Amalia Ulman, revealed she was an artist and the photos were all part of a performance art piece . She claimed to be making a feminist critique on the representation of women in popular culture. Vapid hoax or authentic art? Make the decision for yourself by listening to the piece.
Dispelling Fukushima Fallout Myths Hundreds of tons of radioactive water escaped from the Fukushima Daiichi plant into the Pacific. It created what’s been called the “Fukushima Plume.” And over the last three years, ocean currents have slowly been moving the plume eastward. So how worried should we be? We talk to someone who helps us separate the facts from the internet myths surrounding the plume.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?