Magazine Issue
February 1 2016
Mother Jones1 min read
When running late for her interview with a lawyer suing Uber, 1 Hannah Levintova decided her best option was to take the subway (“Road Warrior,” page 5). 2 Clive Thompson lives in a Brooklyn neighborhood where a parking spot converted to livable spac
Mother Jones5 min read
Road Warrior
Hannah Levintova In early 2012, on a visit to San Francisco, Shannon Liss-Riordan went to a restaurant with some friends. Over dinner, one of her companions began to describe a new car-hailing app that had taken Silicon Valley by storm. “Have you se
Mother Jones5 min read
The War On Wombs
Here’s what happened when politicians started treating women’s bodies like meth labs. Literally.
Mother Jones4 min readPolitics
The Spy Who Stayed In From The Cold
How armchair intelligence analysts are debunking propaganda and uncovering war crimes without leaving home
Mother Jones24 min read
No Parking Here
You’ve heard about how robocars are going to upend the economy. But have you thought about what they’ll do to urban space?
Mother Jones16 min readWellness
My Life To Leave
Every story has a beginning. This one starts in late 2001, when my father-in-law fractured three of his ribs. Harry was a retired physician, and after a thorough workup that he insisted on, it turned out that his bone density was severely compromised
Mother Jones13 min readPolitics
Do Candidates Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Clone armies, super-PAC spawns, and Potemkin headquarters. Welcome to the Age of the Uncampaign.
Mother Jones15 min readTech
Humanitarian Raid
The World Bank is supposed to help the poor. So why do so many of its investments underwrite oligarchs?
Mother Jones3 min read
Risky Business
C.P. and M.K. MIGUEL FACUSSÉ BARJUM Corporación Dinant IFC investment: $30 million The late Honduran oligarch, who died in June, founded a manufacturing giant that owns 20,000 acres of palm plantations in Honduras’ Bajo Aguán. Described by the Lo
Mother Jones15 min read
The Boy’s Life
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
Mother Jones5 min read
King Of Uncool
LONG BEFORE HE WAS CAST as the insecure coder Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley, before he began voicing Prismo for the dystopian children’s cartoon Adventure Time, before Comedy Central gave him his own special, and before he began popping up on shows
Mother Jones3 min readPolitics
See How They Ran
From Thomas Eagleton’s depression to the 47 percent fiasco, CBS newsman John Dickerson puts campaign madness in perspective.
Mother Jones3 min read
The Winding Stream BETH HARRINGTON PRODUCTIONS How big a deal was Virginia’s Carter Family? You've heard their staples, like “Keep on the Sunny Side” and “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?”—the “Cups” song from Pitch Perfect. And every folk and count
Mother Jones3 min read
Wherefore Art Thou, Mohammad?
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak Before the New York Times stationed him in Afghanistan, Rod Nordland spent years reporting on the Soviet occupation and its aftermath for Newsweek. But he couldn’t have anticipated the dilemma he would face covering America’s
Mother Jones3 min read
Hot Takes
A couple of years ago, Steven Weissman, an energy lawyer at the University of California-Berkeley, started to shop around for solar panels for his house. It seemed like an environmental no-brainer. For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCit
Mother Jones3 min readNutrition
Metabolize This
At elementary schools nationwide, a health curriculum called Energy Balance 101 has taught 28 million kids a seemingly simple concept: In order to stay fit, all we need to do is balance the food we eat with exercise. Calories in, calories out. Sensi