'In One Day I Had Lost Everything That Mattered to Me': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

The tragic death of Zymere Perkins, a child who died at the hands of abusive parents even though the city’s child welfare agency had repeatedly investigated his family, made headlines in New York City publications for months this past fall. In their coverage, many outlets focused on a familiar narrative of monstrous…

'I Was Trying To Make Myself As Genderless As Possible': A Chat With Emmy-Winning Director Reed Morano

Reed Morano won an Emmy on Sunday, for directing the pilot for drama series The Handmaid’s Tale. In doing so, she became the first woman in 22 years to win in that category, since Mimi Leder picked one up in 1995 for ER. For Morano, a cinematographer working for nearly two decades and known for projects like Frozen

Republican Senator Pat Roberts Wins for Dumbest Attempt to Explain the Graham-Cassidy Bill 

On Tuesday, Vox’s Jeff Stein interviewed nine Republican senators to try to get them to explain how the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal/replace bill will help Americans. To be fair, this is a tough question, because the bill almost certainly will not help anyone—it will actually probably hurt people. It hasn’t been…

Suffragist Campaigner Millicent Fawcett Is the First Woman to Get a Parliament Square Statue

Millicent Fawcett, an important figure in the UK fight for women’s suffrage, will be honored with a statue in London’s Parliament Square, which is one of those public spaces chock full of statues honoring important leaders—Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela—every one of whom, until now, has been a man.


Olivia Munn Had to Pay For Her Own Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe to Appear in Ocean's 8, But It's Fine

While the decision to make this story lead today’s Dirt Bag may come across as shady at first glance, please know that I have no interest in being rude to Olivia Munn. As a card-carrying Munniac, I am constantly rooting for her success and find her to be a welcome presence in any film (she’s charming even in terrible…