A trip to the boundary waters

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How does a swing state become extreme? Staff writer Jane Mayer dove deep into Ohio state politics. She spoke with politician David Pepper, who wrote “Laboratories of Autocracy,” about how an extreme gerrymander from Ohio’s electoral precincts brought his democracy “to life.” The gerrymander “changed the whole course of history there,” Mayer notes. Additionally, Alex Kotlowitz, known as a chronicler of urban life in Chicago, brought a recorder along on his annual canoe trip to the remote wilderness of Boundary Waters. And Susan Orlean remembers Ivana Trump, who died last month at the age of seventy-three.

Jane Mayer on Ohio’s Lurch to the Right

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How does a swing state become extreme? The reporter dove deep into Ohio state politics to diagnose why democracy itself is now “on life support.”


A trip to the boundary waters

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Renowned Chicago city columnist Alex Kotlowitz has been returning to the lakes and deep forests of northern Minnesota, summer after summer, for some 40 years. What makes him back down?


Susan Orleans is Ivana Trump

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Ivana Trump died last month at the age of seventy-three. Orlean remembers her enthusiasm for being a Trump long after her divorce from the man she called the Donald.


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