Issue No. 05 | Code Red

Scarlet Fever

Anger. Shame. Hate. Passion. Violence. Blood. Emergency. The Republican Party. This month, anchored by “She’s the Ticket,” our series about women running for office in the wake of Trump’s election, we explore a number of aspects of the color red, from a meditation on the future of our rapidly-warming planet to Russian influence into American politics and a young filmmaker’s journey to North Korea.

ILLUSTRATION BY RICCARDO SABATINI

Cold Open

Red States

Right now, no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, it would be natural to want to scream. Filmmakers Danielle Andersen and Jonathan Nelson explore the anger and anxiety of the current moment.

The Many Meanings of ‘Code Red’

While trying to learn what the term “code red” might mean, Urban Dictionary proved to be a very interesting source.

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When School Spirit Is a Slur

All over America, schools still have Native American mascots. Is that okay?

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Blood Pressures

All around the world, women continue to deal with the fallout of millennia of made-up nonsense about their monthly periods.

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Hot Zones

Over the next century, temperatures are going to rise. Here are four different parts of the U.S. with some striking possible futures. (Giant insects, anyone?)

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Life Inside the RVs of Silicon Valley

What is it like to live in one of America’s richest regions—but be forced into the cab of an RV? We profile ten people living on the margins in Silicon Valley.

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The Art of War

Twelve collage artists respond to an American state of emergency, with inspiration from master political artist John Heartfield.

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Rabbit Redux

A selection of images by filmmaker Patrick Bresnan documenting the generations of rabbit hunting residents of Pahokee, Florida.

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California Dreamers

In the heart of California’s Central Valley, huge immigrant farmworker communities exist within some of the state’s most politically conservative districts. We asked the workers what they thought about 2017 politics.

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The author and journalist explains why shared language is important for combating the insidiousness of political and rhetorical assaults on basic facts.

A collection of rare images, some never seen before now, that were taken during the final series of aboveground nuclear-weapons tests conducted by the United States.

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Off Topic

The Twisting History of Blood on Film

The surprisingly fascinating question of what, exactly, is movie blood.

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What Happened to Putin’s Face?

Vladimir Putin and the growing field of male plastic surgery.

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The Mesmerizing World of Homemade Weapons

Get in the proverbial ring for Death Matches, where people compete with some of the most insane (and creative) weapons imaginable.

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