Sailing the Distance

Lauren Camp honors the creative accomplishments of a California man who also happened to be an illiterate immigrant.

Don’t Call Me Prisoner, My Name is Richard

What was it like to be a Japanese American living in a “relocation center” (aka concentration camp) during WWII? This is Richard’s story.

Police with Guns in High Schools

The presence of an armed officer changes the values taught and the atmosphere at school. At such a young age, students are learning to fear the police.

A Sitcom, Matchmaker, and Two Guys From the Air Force

It was just an ordinary night in America, with two men taking a chance at love.

Choose the Friends You Let Into Your Heart Carefully: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

You should never have to question a real friend. Here are 7 questions to consider when thinking about who you can trust.

Compton Commodified: NWA Was Always A Blend of Fiction and Reality

The biopic Straight Outta Compton tells the story of rise and fall of Los Angeles rap group NWA.

Street Corner Sweatshops

How the car wash industry abuses workers

How Employers Steal Wages

Working “Off The Clock”

The Secret to Stories Revealed

When a story takes hold of, transports, and truly transforms us, it’s more than the power of connection at work. It’s seeing ourselves in the face of another.

That Time I Found Out I’m Kind Of Racist

Sometimes we learn the hardest truths in unexpected ways.

OnTronik & We Bang Drop “Silence”

New music from the System of a Down co-founder

Simon Rodia Builds the East Tower of Nuestro Pueblo to Honor His Brother Killed in a Coal Mine Accident

In paying tribute to Simon Rodia, the Italian-American builder of the L.A. Watts Towers, William Kelley Woolfitt offers a compelling meditation on the ties that bind brothers together.

Looking For a Woman To Hang Out With

What’s it like to be a mid-life, divorced dad looking for something new and good? David Raether is hopeful.

Caine’s Arcade: Let This 9 Year-Old Inspire You

Here’s to the ingenuity of the unrestrained young mind. And also to the filmmaker, Nirvan, who organized a movement to give the little boy the awesomest day of his life.

Who Am I? How Did I Get Here?

Dads & Families has a new editor, but you should still read the site. Meet Whit Honea and take a look through the dad lens. No refunds.

In The First Six Months Of 2013 Los Angeles Police Dogs Only Bit Blacks and Latinos

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, known for systemic racial profiling, has sicced dogs on minorities at an increasing rate over the past nine years.