What I’ve Saved By Cutting My Own Hair

Not too long ago, I asked a random sample of male friends how much they spent on their haircuts and learned the average was between $20 and $30 a month. This was interesting to me because I haven’t paid for a haircut in 15 years. I started cutting my own hair when I graduated high […]

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Inside The Campaign To Change The Face Of American Money

In 2012 Barbara Howard had a simple idea: put a woman’s face on American money to commemorate the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020. This year, in a matter of a few short months that idea has become a topic of national conversation. In fact, the grassroots campaign spearheaded by Howard and a small […]

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The forgotten story of the Free Territory

A stateless anarchist society once ruled eastern Ukraine

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Free Speech And Our Own Bias

Free speech is tricky. It’s something almost all Americans will insist they support but in practice we tend to only actively support it when we agree with what’s being said, and that’s missing the point. This week I saw a video of an anti-Islam protest in Arizona. The protest was supposed to show support for […]

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Monsanto: A Beginner’s Guide To The World’s Most Dangerous Corporation (2015)

  Today, over 400 protests in 38 nations will join a grassroots effort called March Against Monsanto. But who is Monsanto and why should you know about them? You may not think you’re familiar with Monsanto, but you probably eat Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) created by them every day. Monsanto created the first GMO in […]

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Rafael Correa: from candidate for change to president for life

Once a darling of the Ecuadorian left, the president’s power-grabs and policy reversals have hollowed out his support from the social movements that first brought him to power

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The Curious Case of $2 Bills in Ecuador

This story first appeared in The Billfold and has been featured by Public Radio International’s The World, The John Batchelor Show and The New York Times.


It’s my last night in Ecuador and I’m leaving a bar with some friends when one of the bartenders runs out after us.

“Are you the guy who exchanges $2 bills?”


He pulls out a ten. “I’ll take five.”

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