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    Direct Sales: The Truth About Selling From Home

    Parents // July, 2016

    You've seen your friends' posts pitching products, and maybe you've thought about joining someone's "team" to earn money. Before you do, read this.

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    This Child Can't Speak... But He Still Says So Much

    Real Simple // July, 2016

    He lives with his 
folks in Massachusetts. 
He has a form of 
autism that leaves him 
unable to speak. 
But he has many ways to communicate—and he says plenty.

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    “Leo Would Not Have Died That Day If He Had Been With Me”

    Slate // May, 2016

    Paid family leave doesn’t just support gender equity in the workplace. It may also prevent babies’ deaths.

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    Consider the Cable Guy

    Slate // April, 2016

    Comcast and others are using more contract workers to install their services. That means brutal hours, low wages, and an app that schedules every moment of their days.

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    What Will it Take to Save Women from Cancer? (Download PDF)

    Redbook // March, 2016

    There are women across this country suffering—and, yes, dying—from cancers that people don’t like to talk about and that doctors have a hard time diagnosing and treating. Does that sound like a world we should be living in? Here’s what you need to know to help them, and yourself.

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    When Your Baby Won't Eat (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // February, 2016

    Our daughter started life on a feeding tube. Then we tried to wean her off it — and began to understand the complexity of how children relate to food.

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    What Happened When the Young House Love Couple Tried to Escape the Internet

    New York Magazine // January, 2016

    John and Sherry Petersik built a cult following with their website. Then they attempted to walk away.

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    Getting Jobbed

    Harpers // October, 2015

    The real face of welfare reform.

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    The Dairy Debate (Download PDF)

    SELF // October, 2015

    We grew up believing that milk does a body good. Now a dairy backlash is causing a stir. SELF investigates who, if anyone, should be giving it up.

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    Can You Really Detox? (Download PDF)

    SELF // July 2015

    Clean has become the new thin as women obsess about the energy and health boost they feel by getting rid of toxins and fighting inflammation with food. Its popularity is easy to understand — what's hard to know is if any of this is real.

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    What Happens When Your Body Image Nightmare Comes True

    BuzzFeed // March, 2015

    I’d always been self-conscious about my abdomen. When I got endometriosis, everyone else became conscious of it too.

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    Saving The Smallest Hearts (Download PDF)

    Parade // August, 2014

    Virginia Sole-Smith thought her baby was healthy—until a routine doctor’s visit revealed a heart defect so severe it could have been fatal within hours. The screening test every parent needs to know about.

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    Can You Be Heavy And Healthy? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // August, 2014

    Are BMI charts a load of BS? New research shows that good health may have nothing to do with your body mass index.

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    The Last Mermaid Show (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // July 7, 2013

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

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    Exercise: Learn to Love It

    Elle // June, 2013

    Fitness-phobe Virginia Sole-Smith discovers the hidden formula.

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    The Pink Pyramid

    Harpers // August, 2012

    Paying to play in Mary Kay.

  • Parents: "The Hungry House" by Virginia Sole-Smith, July 2011

    The Hungry House (Download PDF)

    Parents // July, 2011

    Right here in the United States, one in four children don't have enough to eat. The impact this has on their health, their development — their future — is staggering.

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    Must Have Chocolate.

    Fitness // April, 2011

    Some foods really are too good to resist. Here's the scientifically proven way to take control of your cravings and still feel satisfied.

  • Nylon: "Lesson Plan" by Virginia Sole-Smith, April 2011

    Lesson Plan (Download PDF)

    Nylon // April, 2011

    Virginia Sole-Smith went to beauty school and all she got was this interesting perspective.

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    My Year in Waxing School

    Slate // November, 2010

    The $1.8 billion business of hair removal is our most intimate and uncomfortable form of beauty labor.

  • The Progressive: "Mexico's Squid Sweatshops" by Virginia Sole-Smith, May 2010

    Mexico's Squid Sweatshops (Download PDF)

    The Progressive // May, 2010

    Much of the squid sold in the USA was processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)