Manufacturers and retailers suggest car seats expire every six years or so. But what if that's not true?
Maggie Koerth-BakerThis may well be the most controversial story I'll share this year. @Marketplace reporting suggests industry reps and certified car seat experts are wrong: There's nothing unsafe about an old car seat.
Maybe you call it a bubble. Maybe you call it a silo. Maybe you just call it an echo chamber. But whatever metaphorical, narrow and enclosed space you prefer, t…
Maggie Koerth-BakerSo you know how we're all using social media and cable news to isolate ourselves in partisan news bubbles?
Yeah. Turns out there's a lot of evidence suggesting that's not actually happening.
Before there were vapes, there was sulfanilamide. One of the first great medicines of the antibiotic era, sulfanilamide was a miracle drug at a time when curing…
Maggie Koerth-BakerHey! Remember the vaping lung disease crisis? A lot has gone down this week, but that's still a serious ongoing issue ... and it reflects even older issues with how our country manages consumer protection and safety.
Imagine a doctor who wanted to treat a broken leg with chemotherapy. Or treat cancer with a cast. Just because cancer and broken legs are both things that happe…
Maggie Koerth-Baker"Many of these mass shootings are angry suicides."
What happens when suicide (the most common type of gun violence) overlaps with mass shootings (one of the least common types).
“How do we stop these people?” the president says, referring to immigrants and refugees crossing the southern U.S. border. “Shoot them,” a voice calls from the …
Maggie Koerth-BakerIt takes a village to produce a "lone wolf" terrorist.
Social science is showing that lone actors are never truly acting alone. Violent rhetoric and the communities that support it help create individual violent acts.
The Midwest has been drenched by rain and beset by floods. California is bracing for wildfires after several years of record-breaking burns. Hurricane season is…
Maggie Koerth-Baker“You’ve probably seen all kinds of anecdotal reports of anxiety associated with climate change,” my source said. “But there’s not much concrete data we can refer to.”
Climate anxiety is complicated. And that means you can't rely on it for climate action