Here’s the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When They’re in Trouble With the FBI

Here’s the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When They’re in Trouble With the FBI

Andrew White Over soggy scrambled eggs at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky, Tor Ekeland is doing his best to cheer up Deric Lostutter, a 30-year-old hacker who is about to be sentenced to federal prison. “It’s terrifying,” Lostutter says. “It is what it is,” replies Ekeland, a fast-talking 48-year-old lawyer who sports a neatly trimmed […]

P.T. Barnum Isn't the Hero the “Greatest Showman” Wants You To Think

P.T. Barnum Isn't the Hero the “Greatest Showman” Wants You To Think

Some five decades into his life, Phineas Taylor Barnum from Bethel, Connecticut, had remade himself from his humble beginnings as an impoverished country boy into a showman—indeed the “greatest showman,” as the new musical about his life would say—of his generation. Thanks to a combination of brilliant marketing tactics and less-than-upstanding business practices, Barnum had […]

5 Million Americans With Latino Ancestry Do Not Identify As Latinos

5 Million Americans With Latino Ancestry Do Not Identify As Latinos

According to an analysis by the Pew Research Center, almost 5 million people with Latino ancestry do not identify as Latino. Of the more than 42 million people in the United States with Latino ancestry, only 90 percent identify as such. Latinos are the second-largest racial or ethnic group in the United States. According to […]

This 19th-Century Illustrator Found Beauty in the Slimiest of Sea Creatures

February 16, 1864, should have been a happy day for Ernst Haeckel. On this day, the German Academy of Sciences awarded the famed naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician and illustrator the Cothenius Medal, a high honor acknowledging his many scientific achievements. It was also Haeckel’s 30th birthday. But this date also marks the day his wife […]

When Using Heroin With a Friend Gets You Charged With Murder

In early August 2013, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police arrested Jarret McCasland, then 24, ostensibly for a minor traffic violation. But at the station, they began questioning him about the death of his girlfriend, Flavia Cardenas. “Why are you treating me like this?” he asked. McCasland told the cops he didn’t know Cardenas, age 19, was […]

Trump-Supporting Latinos Getting Deported By The Thousands

Trump-Supporting Latinos Getting Deported By The Thousands

Of all Latinos in the United States, Cubans supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign the most. More than half of the Cuban population supported Trump these past elections – a staggering amount when compared to Trump’s approval rating of only 26% by the rest of the Latino community. NYMag Despite their support, the order for Cuban […]

A Brief, Blood-Boiling History of the Opioid Epidemic

A Brief, Blood-Boiling History of the Opioid Epidemic

The scale of the overdose epidemic is hard to fathom. In 2016, overdoses claimed 64,000 lives—more than the US military casualties in Vietnam and Iraq combined. The origins of today’s crisis, a perfect storm of potent, easily accessible opioids, trace back to aggressive pharmaceutical marketing and liberal painkiller prescribing in the 1990s and 2000s. Here’s how it […]

The Ten Best Children's Books of 2017

The Ten Best Children's Books of 2017

When illustrator and children’s book author Oliver Jeffers became a father, the Australian-born, Belfast-raised, Brooklyn transplant felt the immediate need to explain the world to his son. He manages to do this, in his latest book, Here We Are, in a simple way that belies the sheer magnitude of the task. The story reminds us […]