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Hint: They didn’t really want the law overturned

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Edgar Sydenstricker dug into the pandemic of 1918 and found income level was a key factor in who lived and who died

The St Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty during the Influenza epidemic, 1918. Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

The next step after Covid relief: relieving employers of health insurance costs — and allowing them to finally pay workers $15/hour

The Way We Work Now

‘I did a parody of the WAP dance that made me go viral’

Photo illustration; source: Dr. Richard Lam’s TikTok

As legal efforts to eliminate trans youth ramp up, we must remember that being trans has always been part of childhood

Three trans girls photographed on July 7, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. Photo: Adam Gray/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

I asked essential workers to share what they’re going through

A nurse in the trauma surgery ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, on November 26, 2020. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

How I Got Radicalized

It’s been 25 years since the medical drama premiered, and little has changed about American health care.

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The Navajo Nation has a higher death rate than any state

Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin P. Parrish distributes food, water, and other supplies to Navajo families on May 27. Photo: Sharon Chischilly/Getty Images


This rheumatologist is working against a health care system plagued by implicit bias and inherent discrimination

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The pandemic lays bare structural inequities that need fixing across all aspect of American society

A healthcare worker gives a Covid-19 test to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. Photo: Mark Felix/Getty Images


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