David Epstein

ProPublica

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Investigative reporter for ProPublica; former staff writer for Sports Illustrated and author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

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Doctors still prescribe certain drugs and medical treatments, despite evidence saying they shouldn’t.

If medical treatments don’t work, why do doctors keep using them?

Doctors still prescribe certain drugs and medical treatments, despite evidence saying they shouldn’t.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On the eve of the Summer Olympics in Rio, Russia claims 270 of its athletes have been cleared for competition.

Did WADA intentionally sabotage Russian doping probe?

On the eve of the Summer Olympics in Rio, Russia claims 270 of its athletes have been cleared for competition.

from To the Point

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has had its ups and downs over the last several decades.

DEA Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has had its ups and downs over the last several decades.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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LA mayoral candidate Rick Caruso wants to build 30,000 shelter beds for unhoused people and hire 1,500 police officers to combat crime.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Ketamine clinics are popping up all over Los Angeles offering to treat depression, anxiety, and other ailments. But are their claims legitimate?

from Greater LA

The book “The Quiet Before” is about big social movements and what shaped them, from the 16th century Scientific Revolution to today’s Black Lives Matter protests.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Dr. Lucy Jones left behind a gig with the U.S. Geological Survey to devote her energy to fighting climate change. And she’d like to see music play a bigger role in the effort.

from KCRW Features

The Supreme Court is likely to end Roe v. Wade this summer. How could that affect states’ rights and other rulings on privacy, like gay marriage?

from Left, Right & Center

More than 15,000 Ukrainians have passed through Tijuana on their way into the U.S. Some struggle with nightmares and trauma as they wonder what comes next.

from Greater LA

The United Nations can’t stop Russia’s war on Ukraine. And author Yascha Mounk says more diversity is a threat to democracy, but he’s still hopeful.

from To the Point

Elon Musk is buying Twitter, social media seems to corrode democracy, and Kevin McCarthy’s Jan. 6 lie could compromise his bid to be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

from Left, Right & Center

People over 85 are the fastest growing age group in California, according to state analyses. Commentator Joe Mathews says that makes Sen. Dianne Feinstein indispensable.

from Zócalo's Connecting California