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Stop Trying to Scare People With Colors

Purple, red, blue, yellow — the coronavirus risk charts are no help with public messaging

Billionaires Tricked Us Into Voting for a Serfdom

Uber, Lyft and Postmates’ Prop 22 will fundamentally reshape how labor is negotiated — and exploited — in this country

How California’s Inmate Firefighter Program Exploits Its Heroes

While incarcerated, they save lives. Once freed, they’re blocked from continuing their career — all but insuring they fail on the outside. As the prison system profits, Golden State prisoners are thrust into a literal trial by fire.

We Still Don’t Know How to Talk About Wildfires

The burning of the American West defies our powers of description