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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Brain Bro

The Atlantic

The growing nootropics market, rooted in Silicon Valley’s culture of work, is exploring new and unsettling terrain in the name of productivity. 

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The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley

New York Magazine

Morris takes a closer look at the culture of neuroenhancement purveyors through the story of Nootrobox, a San Francisco-based nootropics distributor.

 

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How 3 American Families Went Off The Grid In Search Of A Simpler Life

WBUR

Sundeen explains his book “The Unsettlers”, highlighting three contemporary households that seek to “live within limits” imposed by the natural order.

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Shepherd James Rebanks: ‘My ambition is to be a really good nobody’

The Guardian

This interview explores the life of a “nobody”—shepherd and author James Rebanks, who wrote a bestselling memoir of his life raising sheep in England.

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A Conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

The Hedgehog Review

In reflecting on a life tethered to the land, Berry and Jackson offer profound reflections about the nature of friendship and meaning in the modern world.

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Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 1 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 2 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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Working class white Americans are now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups

Brookings

Deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what researchers call “deaths of despair”—are rising in nearly every area of the nation.

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What Happens at Home When People Can’t Depend on Stable Work

Harvard Business Review

UVA sociologist Allison Pugh connects the rise in deaths of despair to the instability of America’s labor market.

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When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

Vox

Solving the heroin and opioid epidemic must begin with a frank recognition of the failures of empathy that marked previous attempts to address drug addiction in America.

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Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 1 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 2 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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Drug maker thwarted plan to limit OxyContin prescriptions at dawn of opioid epidemic

STAT

Armstrong uncovers important documentation showing the power of pharmaceutical companies to thwart regulation from state agencies.

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'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

NPR

In a new book, Drug Dealer, MD, Stanford Psychiatrist Anna Lembke argues we should view this crisis is as the merger of “Big Pharma” with big medicine.

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America’s Workforce Runs on Uppers

JSTOR Daily

Bielamowicz’s piece historicize the rise of Adderall by recognizing the degree to which America’s workforce has often “run on amphetamines.”

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