Author Archives: Leslie Anne Jones
Coon hunter by passion, farm thief by profession, Ken McElroy spent two decades terrorizing a patch of farming communities in northern Missouri during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1996, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University began a study of the effects Internet usage on psychological well-being and social involvement. Home Internet use was just becoming prevalent enough to warrant such a study, and multiuser dungeons
Yelp will tell you it’s an unbiased review aggregator and a partner to small businesses, offering a host of tools that boost sales. But there’s an uglier side to the restaurant review site, one characterized by misinformation and ruled by
It obviously wouldn’t be ethical to test for the effects of a whole childhood spent in front of screens on children. A few years ago, researchers came up with perhaps the next best thing. Affixing colorful lights and speakers broadcasting
Every fall, young people in earth-toned clothes, with backpacks slung over their shoulders, descend on Humboldt County in search of work.
Jess Gartner walked into her classroom with a roll of tape, a box of pens, and staples—and that was pretty much it. A Teach for America member, she was gearing up to teach social studies to Baltimore middle schoolers, but her
I majored in journalism in California and interned at four daily newspapers in the US. I had watched Shattered Glass (2003), the chronicle of The New Republic journalist Stephen Glass’s elaborate fabrications in the 1990s, in two college classes: each
Benjamin Gorlick was 4 years old the first summer he spent at a gold mine. His father shared rights to a mountainside claim near the tiny town of Hope (population: 192), located on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska. Every
David Sneddon flew to Beijing in April 2004 for summer Mandarin courses before his final year majoring in Asian languages and business. Languages were his thing: At 24, he was already fluent in Korean after spending two years as a
Two years ago when visiting North Korea, I struck up a conversation with a Western businessman in the Pyongyang bowling alley. Over beers, he told me he preferred doing business in the DPRK over China because the people were more