Media + Culture

Tightrope: A Powerful But Problematic Deaths-of-Despair Narrative

Through the 1970s, Nicholas Kristof rode the Number 6 bus to school with Donna King, the Knapp’s five children, and…

March 4, 2020

Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping?

In the wake of last year’s EVALI lung injury outbreak and a raft of legislative and media reactions to perceived…

February 26, 2020

The Latest Dehumanizing, Anti-Harm Reduction Media Portrayal of Skid Row

On February 18, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post republished a new article from failed Seattle City Council candidate…

February 24, 2020

Dismantling NY Mag’s Disgraceful Hit-Job on Vaping

New York Magazine ran an article this month—in its “Intelligencer” vertical, of all places—with the provocative title: “Who Thought Sucking…

February 13, 2020

Why Did LSD Help Me With My Philosophy Degree?

It’s summer in the 1990s. I’m looking down from a hill in Richmond Park, London and from the pinnacle of…

January 30, 2020

Radical Theater Performance Subverts Rikers Violence

Christmas was a week away. The sky was baby blue, but you wouldn’t have known that inside the windowless room…

January 15, 2020

Why Overdose Deaths Have Fallen Here—Despite More Overdoses

Roughly 66 times every single day in British Columbia, someone calls 911 for a suspected drug overdose. And 66 times…

January 14, 2020

The Artist Making Harm Reduction Gay Again

The makeshift harm reduction center quietly popped up in Chelsea, one of the historically gay neighborhoods of Manhattan. Tucked away…

January 9, 2020

I Disagreed With Dr. Drew—And Unleashed His MAGA Twitter Horde

It was Christmas night. I was hosting my family here in Minnesota, feeling full and happy, watching my kids work…

January 2, 2020

Fab 5 Freddy Speaks Out Against the “Vaping Scare Campaign”

Fab 5 Freddy, also known as Fred Brathwaite, is a man of prodigious talents. An original “influencer” and hip-hop pioneer,…

December 16, 2019