Chris Parker

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  • 1 year ago | Longform

    In 2009, President Barack Obama set out to deactivate the next bomb awaiting the U.S. economy, the one ticking inside our bloated, beleaguered health system. Since the 1990s, insurance premiums had averaged double-digit annual increases. America w...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Percy Schmeiser was a farmer. Shortly after the Monsanto company introduced genetically modified (GM) canola plants to Canada, Percy Schmeiser was a farmer facing a lawsuit. After hearing that GM crops could potentially increase yields, three farm...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Driving through Hialeah, where strip malls line boulevards like concrete-and-metal kudzu, a federal agent offers a reporter $1 for every strip mall he can spot that doesn't house a medical business. Let's just say the reporter is still broke. In t...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    A year ago, Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, studied the tax returns of 280 corporations. What it found was a Beltway version of a Mafia protection scheme. From 2008 to 2010, at least 30 Fortune 500 companies — includ...

  • 4 years ago | Music News

    Royal Bangs frontman Ryan Schaefer once expressed his bewilderment that any artist would want to plant himself in the middle of an already well-defined genre and regurgitate music that's already been made. It's not a novel observation, but it's de...

  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    Reaching the top isn't nearly as hard as staying there. The Bone Thugs crew can attest to that. The quintet's blend of gangsta rigor and R&B smoothness revolutionized the rap landscape when it emerged in the mid-'90s. But their friendship wasn't a...