Jill Richardson

How the death penalty is getting crueler

For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way.

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Scott Pruitt's Corruption Is Bad, But His Planetary Sabotage Is Worse

Did you hear that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, is so corrupt that he spent $1,560 on 12 customized fountain pens? Or that he spent another $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth in violation of government spending laws?

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NYT Food Columnist Michael Pollan Talks Psychedelics, Science and Mental Health

Longtime Michael Pollan fans will find How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence is a different book from his past work - mostly. Although in the past, Pollan wrote about food and agriculture, his love of nature carries through to his new book, especially in one section when he forages for magic mushrooms with mushroom expert Paul Stamets. As in past books, he uses an engaging, first-person style of telling a story by introducing readers to the people he meets along the way who teach him about various topics. Unlike previous books, instead of teaching him about food and agriculture, the characters you'll meet in this book teach about psychedelic drugs. Specifically: LSD, psilocybin (the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms), ayahuasca, and the dried and smoked venom of a toad that Pollan and others refer to as "the toad."

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Mass Shootings Shouldn’t Be the Only Time We Talk About Mental Illness

After every mass shooting, we repeat all of the same things.

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Why Some Students Fail

Another semester is about to begin at the community college where I teach.

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Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’

Maybe it’s time America’s psychiatrists reconsider their Goldwater Rule.

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There Is an Ugly War Being Waged Against Poverty-Stricken Grad Students

The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nation’s graduate students.

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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big; Usually They Stay Poor

We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous.

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Trigger Happy With Toxins

For many years, genetically engineered crops were said to be environmentally responsible.

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Whaddya Know, Whole Foods Is Already Selling 'Farm Fresh' Amazon Electronics

Now that Amazon’s taken over Whole Foods, a natural foods grocery known for its high prices, the new owners have pledged to lower prices.

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