In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.
Amy HarmonIs autism a bogus diagnosis created by the Nazis? Review in @nytimesbooks casts a skeptical eye on an attention-getting claim —by the judicious and knowledgeable @sethmnookin who debunked the anti-vaccine mythology in “Panic Virus"
A new exhibit grapples with the reality of slavery and deals a final blow to two centuries of ignoring or covering up what amounted to an open secret.
Amy Harmon"Would you like to join us, or stay mellow/
Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?” New exhibit on Jefferson-Sally Hemings addresses what I always thought Hamilton/@Lin_Manuel meant here.
The Iowa congressman, who retweeted a Nazi sympathizer, seems to be protected by his eight-term incumbency and the fact that people are so used to his racist remarks that they just shrug their shoulders.
James and Deborah Fallows, flying around in a small propeller airplane, embarked on a years-long journey to the heartland of America, which they recount in “Our Towns.”
Amy HarmonCheck out this piece by @NYTNational editor @marclacey, in which he reveals his true feelings about well-beaten paths, a certain motto used by Fresno-boosters, and more, all while reviewing a new book about America by Deborah and @JamesFallows
Agents conducted one of the biggest workplace raids since President Trump announced a crackdown on illegal immigration, detaining 97 workers in Morristown. But for residents, these workers were their neighbors.
Amy HarmonRemarkable @mirjordan story about an immigration workplace raid told through the voices of those it affected, directly and indirectly. "My mom had told us one day it could happen, that one day one of them would be taken.”
Two cousins developed the same lethal cancer; only one could take part in an experimental drug trial. Critics say that new science behind the drugs has eclipsed the old rules, and ethics, of testing them.
Months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one history class seeks to heal through modern technology, old-fashioned socializing — and time.
Amy HarmonParkland students, who have projected such strength and self-confidence in public, also need a place to talk about "the insistence of grief.” Great piece by @abscribe on the intimacy forged in one classroom after the shooting.
The demographics are evolving fast in the once reliably Republican suburbs of Southern California, but what that will mean at the ballot box remains a big question mark for the midterms.
Amy HarmonFrom Irvine, Calif. native @VivianHYee, an inside look at Orange County's faux-Italianate architecture, upscale soup dumplings, and diverse Asian population whose views & turnout stand to play a key role in whether Dems reclaim the House
DNA gathered surreptitiously helps get guilty verdicts, but critics say the practice violates privacy rights.
Amy HarmonRe: police ID'ing Golden State Killer with DNA from his car door handle, my 2008 story on law enforcement preferring “discarded DNA’’ to search warrants. Defendant who spit on street had "no reasonable expectation of privacy in his spittle” one court said.