The US gun lobby claims that guns save lives and keep us safe from criminals – what do social scientists say?
A second hurricane is battering New Orleans, this time it is an HIV catastrophe whipped up by prejudice and poverty
Farming the apocalypse
When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home
What is a dude?
How the strange history of the ‘dude’ helps throw a light on why the West still feels like the real America
Talk the talk
A push for English to be the official language of the US has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future
Burning like a mountain
Fire has come roaring back into America’s West after a century of attempted extirpation. Can our land take the wild heat?
The fire burns yet
Native American peoples are still here and still caring for their land. Can their conquerors say the same?