Nina Wolpow, Racked National

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Past articles by Nina:

Plastic Surgeons Are Mostly Men, But Their Patients Are Mostly Women

Why the industry’s double gender gap matters. → Read More

Inside An Inspiring School That's Empowering Girls In Iran

Farzaneh was 16 when she discovered she was pregnant. Desolate after years of living with no mother and a neglectful father, the teen had tried to end her life by overdosing on tranquilizers. But she lived. And when she woke up, she learned that her brother-in-law raped her while she was → Read More

4-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Angry Driver

A 4-year-old girl is dead after an armed suspect in another car pulled up to her family's truck and shot her in the head. Authorities in Albuquerque, NM, where the shooting occurred on Tuesday, say they are still looking for the killer. So far, they've found nothing to explain the driver's → Read More

Joe Biden Announces He's Not Running For President

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden stood next to his wife and Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday morning and told the world he's not running for president. "Unfortunately, I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign," Biden said. → Read More

Judge Demands Blood From Offenders Too Poor To Pay — Literally

"There's a blood drive outside," Alabama circuit court judge Marvin Wiggins told offenders who showed up in his courtroom in September, according to a complaint. They were ordered to be there because they hadn't paid their fines. He went on: "If you don't have any money, and you don't want to go to → Read More

Kid Arrested For Clock Gets To Stargaze With Obama Tonight

Ahmed Mohamed used to be the 14-year-old whose passion for science landed him in handcuffs in September. Now, Ahmed is about to become the 14-year-old whose passion for science brought him to the White House. Ahmed's story received attention in the media after he built a clock — on his own — → Read More

Miss The Debate? It's All In These 5 Videos

On Tuesday night, we got our first chance to see all the Democrats in the 2016 field speak together, in one room, on the issues that matter most. After all the hype surrounding the GOP debates, watching the Dems was a well-needed break. For most of the night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders → Read More

A GOP Candidate Posted Super Offensive Tweets, But It Wasn't Trump

Donald Trump made a big deal about his plans to live-tweet tonight's Democratic debate. And then, surprisingly for those of us who are used to his feed's endless insults, he was pretty mild. He spent a lot of time retweeting supporters about how boring it all was and popped off a few uninspired → Read More

What's Bill Clinton's Favorite Thing To Do In Vegas?

It's a Tuesday evening, and former President Bill Clinton is hanging out in Sin City. Usually, we'd be a little concerned about that. On this particular night, however, he has a good reason: the first Democratic debate is underway, and he wanted to shout out his support for former Secretary of → Read More

Who Is The Mystery Wizard At The Democratic Debate?

The Democratic debate has its first in-audience celebrity, and he's rocking some serious chin hair. Meet Democratic Dumbledore. At the last Republican debate, a mysterious man starting generating a ton of attention. The so-called "hot guy" behind host Jake Tapper briefly became a national → Read More

Who Are The Other Three Democratic Presidential Candidates?

OK, pop quiz: Without Googling, how many Democratic candidates are currently running for president? If you said five, you are right — and you know a lot more about the field than the average American. Alongside Hillary Clinton and unexpected rising star Bernie Sanders, three relatively unknown → Read More

Meet The Most Powerful Woman In NYC

One of the most powerful people in the largest city in the U.S. is a woman you've probably never heard of. Her name is Melissa Mark-Viverito, she's the speaker of the New York City Council and the first Latina to represent her district. She's an outspoken progressive, she fights for reproductive → Read More

Boy, 11, Charged With Murder For Shooting 8-Year-Old Neighbor

An 11-year-old Tennessee boy has been accused of murdering his 8-year-old neighbor. According to reports, the boy, whose name has not been released, and MaKayla Dyer were arguing over a pair of puppies they were playing with, when the boy picked up a 12-gauge single-shot shotgun and pulled the → Read More

She Got Taunted By A Racist Frat Boy

In late September, University of Southern California student, Rini Sampath, was walking by a frat house on campus when, she says, a member leaned out of the window, threw a drink at her, and screamed, “you Indian piece of shit!” In her Facebook post about the incident, Sampath, 21, writes → Read More

California's New "Right To Die" Law Is Inspired By Brittany Maynard

California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill that could bring comfort to terminally ill people in the final moments of their lives — and may also generate a lot of controversy. On Monday, Brown signed a bill that will grant certain Californians access to lethal drugs, giving them the right to → Read More

Oliver: Mental Illness Rarely Kills People. Guns Often Do.

When Americans use guns to unnecessarily kill their fellow humans, politicians (especially pro-gun ones) are quick to frame the issue as being about mental health. On Sunday night, John Oliver called them on their misleading and counterproductive bluff. “The aftermath of a mass shooting might → Read More

Remembering The Oregon Victims

"I never got the chance to tell you how proud of you I was," Maria Leticia Alcaraz wrote to her sister, Lucero, in a Facebook post on Friday morning. "You would have been a great pediatric were going to do great things." Lucero Alcaraz, 19, was one of the nine people killed yesterday → Read More

Did The Oregon Shooter Post About His Crime Online?

Shortly after the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, a troubling post started to surface on social media. A screenshot, reportedly from the online message forum 4Chan, seemed to show a warning about today's shooting, possibly posted by the shooter. "Don't go to → Read More

Striking Pictures Show What Beauty Pageants Look Like Behind The Scenes

In 2009, husband-and-wife photography team Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber were invited to take pictures of beauty pageants and the women who enter them. But not, as you might imagine, on show night, when everyone takes to the stage. Rather, they were sent behind the scenes. The Miss Universe → Read More

The Pope Couldn't Stop This Mom From Being Executed Tonight

Kelly Gissendaner is going to be executed this evening at 7 p.m. At that time, Gissendaner will become the first woman to receive the death penalty in Georgia in 70 years. She is the only woman on death row in the entire state. All three of Gissendaner's children, 90,000 people, and Pope Francis → Read More