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This is part two of a two-part series exploring racism as a public health crisis in Appalachia and its compounding due to COVID-19. Read part one here.  As COVID-19 bore down on his community, Thomas Beavers recognized that primary among...
Shortly after midnight on Sept. 29, Felisha Walter assumed an identity very much at odds with the fullness of her life: statistic.  Walter was a devoted mother, a chef and caterer; gracious, giving and forgiving; spiritual and kind. And when she passed away, just...
By Brent Korson   For four years, there’s been no serious question about how Donald Trump would react if he lost the 2020 election. Over the 1400 days since his presidency began, every anti-democracy act, anti-factual tweet and anti-reality statement has accumulated into an ironclad case for how his...
By Brent Korson   When we read about “spreading misinformation”, the connotation typically defaults to bad actors. But most of us who’ve ever had a social media account has likely, unknowingly, shared misinformation. While disinformation is the ill-intent kind, (false information deliberately and often covertly in order to influence...
By Brent Korson   The last few weeks have, unsurprisingly, only grown more jarring and chaotic in the run-up to Election Day. While there was no way to know how the specifics would play out, (President contracts deadly virus, President covers up what he knew and when he knew...
By Brent Korson The flurry of seismic events and historic firsts in the weeks following George Floyd's murder, amidst COVID-19, have flown by so quickly it can feel like the magnitude hasn't registered. The enormity probably hasn't sunk in because we're still in the throes of both the...
By Brent Korson   With the arrival of the novel coronavirus, we’re watching each country experience its own Rorschach test. We’re seeing how each nation responds based on its site specific differences: culture, population, citizen proximity, infection rate, seasonality, geography, topography. Then there’s the human element of how each...
With COVID-19 still raging after having killed over 100,000 Americans, making it one of the worst epidemics since the 1918 Spanish flu, and with a staggering 41 million workers, 27% of the labor force, out of a job — a number still rising at a rate of...
Tarbell was founded as a platform to deliver a very specific message about healthcare – or the lack of it – in America.  As with any topic or issue, there is more to the story about healthcare.  The underlying issues regarding healthcare form the basis of many...
After a lengthy battle with COVID-19, State Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit urges her district to comply with shelter-in-place orders as African Americans across the U.S. continue to die at high rates.  Increased Risk Facing African Americans In an April 7th White...
By Kimberly J. Soenen   I grew up amongst the Shock Doctrine generation, Generation X. We were raised in between the sentences of the book by Naomi Klein that has been referenced frequently as of late. The book supports the theory that exploitation of national crises...
In December, the Trump Administration announced a landmark trade deal with China intended to ease tensions between the two governments and restore American manufacturing jobs eliminated by growing U.S. trade deficits with the Asian country since 2001. In states like Indiana, Michigan and South...
The "Other America" First things first - this brilliant investigation of the “other America” by the Pulitzer Prize winning husband and wife team of...