From K-B and Friends

Anyone Who Had A Heart, Part 2

By Dan McClenaghan

Frank’s pacemaker battery came in from Amazon while Jolene was shopping and Frank was napping in front of the T.V. When she came home, she found it in its bubble-cushion manilla envelope on the porch, leaned up against the screen door, next to a flower pot spilling over with an array of assertive succulents.

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Before Women’s Equality Day

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

It’s surprising to read transcripts of antique speechifying that, other than the flowery language of the 19th century aristocracy, don’t sound so different from today’s male putdowns of the female of the species.

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Anyone Who Had A Heart, Part 1

By Dan McClenaghan

I bought a baboon’s heart  from a lab in Amsterdam, on Amazon. Two days later a guy pulled a white van to the curb and ran my purchase up to our front door.

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From The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.

Only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.

18-year-olds now act more like 15-year-olds used to, and 15-year-olds more like 13-year-olds. Childhood now stretches well into high school.

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From Mother Jones: North Dakota’s Norway Experiment

Can humane prisons work in America? A red state aims to find out.

By Dashka Slater, Mother Jones

They’d left Bismarck feeling pretty good about their system, which prided itself on its humane practices and commitment to rehabilitation. But now, sitting in the glassed-in bar of the Radisson hotel with its view of the Oslo fjord, Bertsch began to cry. “We’re hurting people,” she said.

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