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Domestic Violence

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The Most Dangerous Place

Rachel Louise Snyder On The Persistent Problem Of Domestic Violence

Another woman’s husband got a rattlesnake and kept it in a cage at home. He would threaten to put it in the bed or the shower with her. That kind of emotional torture needs no physical violence.

By Tracy Frisch & Finn Cohen September 2020
One Nation, Indivisible

September 2020

Featuring George Gerbner, Stephanie Coontz, Ani DiFranco, and more.

September 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Train Songs

The breakfast rush was hitting its peak when we learned about the dead woman lying not far from Table Four.

By Erin McReynolds February 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Dark Houses

Gingerly, creeping, my mother drives her “safe” back way home, winding through the subdivisions bordering downtown Orlando, Florida. The little truck doesn’t have air conditioning. I stretch my arm out the window as if I might be able to feel the Spanish moss hanging from the trees like witch hair.

By Heather Sellers January 2018
Readers Write

Breaking The Law

An illegal abortion, a brother’s drug habit, Cold War secrets

By Our Readers May 2017
The Sun Interview

To Have And To Hold

Stephanie Coontz On The Past, Present, And Future Of Marriage

One quality that helps a marriage work is when partners respect each other and are each grateful for what the other brings to the relationship. Relationships run on an economy of gratitude. And if your partner needs to change his or her behavior, it’s important to ask for that change without attributing bad motives to the behavior. When you do argue, or when your partner gets angry, look for the soft emotion under the hard one and talk to that. A belief in the goodwill of the other person is critical.

By Mark Leviton September 2016
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Unlocked

My mother regularly told me, Heather, if you are ever in danger and I’m not there, make your way to a house with flowers. The flowers show they care and are kind and will help.

It didn’t occur to me until years later that we had not a single bloom in our yard.

By Heather Sellers April 2016
The Sun Interview

Criminal Injustice

Maya Schenwar On The Failure Of Mass Incarceration

Prison deepened my sister’s addiction, crushed her self-esteem, narrowed her options for jobs and education, and diminished her hope for a good life. She was in a much worse situation each time she came out.

By Tracy Frisch June 2015
Readers Write

Danger

On the subway, in a mine, at a gas station

By Our Readers December 2014
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

How To Hit Your Dad

It never occurred to me when I was little that there was a world in which dads did not come home from the bar and beat up their oldest sons. It was totally normal, you know what I mean?

By Brian Doyle October 2014