Media + Culture

Watching the Trump Trials in Prison, With Con Artists Cheering Him On

Our living unit at South Central Correctional Facility in Tennessee doesn't have a communal TV, but there are TVs in…

May 15, 2024

Psilocybin Study: No Change in View of God. Some Change in View of Bugs.

A new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers on the effects of psychedelics suggests that—contrary to some earlier evidence—a single…

May 14, 2024

How We Still Find Joy After Decades in Prison

After nearly 30 years in prison, I still find moments of joy and happiness. I wondered if anyone else was…

May 13, 2024

In the Ugly Nicotine Debate, Being Kind Isn’t Just Right—It’s Effective

Going to school as an autistic kid sometimes felt like a never-ending nightmare. Spitballs hitting me in the back of…

May 13, 2024

Over 321,000 Children Lost Parents to Overdose in a Decade

A new study from the National Institutes of Health quantifies the vast number of children in the United States who…

May 10, 2024

A Mother’s Day Dream, After Losing My Daughter to Fentanyl Overdose

Ordinarily, my wish for Mother’s Day would be to spend a bit of time with my children. Not a lot…

May 10, 2024

Will Study Linking Vapes With Heart Failure Survive Scrutiny?

It’s been a busy few weeks for health scares around vaping, with media distortion of a cancer-adjacent study and an…

May 6, 2024

No Drug Education: The Rise and Fall of DARE

Praised by politicians, parents and presidents, police officers taught DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to fifth and sixth-grade students in…

May 1, 2024

Daily Weed Use Linked to Being “More Motivated,” Compared to Weekly

A new study on effects of frequent marijuana use challenges a number of cannabis stereotypes, with researchers finding no association…

April 30, 2024

The Campaign to Call Fentanyl Deaths “Poisoning” Is Working as Intended

A basic concept of toxicology is that “the dose makes the poison.” Any substance becomes poisonous to the human body…

April 16, 2024