Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

The Christian Science Monitor

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Patrik:

How two islands could shape Florida’s post-Ian recovery

Hurricane Ian has showed how quirky “Old Florida” and ritzy “New Florida” are coping with climate challenges. → Read More

More cash, fewer requirements: States scramble for teachers

At the heart of the struggle to retain and attract teachers is restoring a sense of dignity to the profession. Beneath political finger-pointing, that goal is shared by a wide swath of Americans. → Read More

Goin’ Bananas: How a minor league team got more followers than the Yankees

The Bananas are truly in a league of their own. They are a team with appeal. Did we mention they wear kilts? → Read More

After Rittenhouse: What an era of armed protest means for America

Armed protests and Kyle Rittenhouse’s successful self-defense claims raise key safety concerns – with nuances spanning racial lines. → Read More

‘Refund’ the police? With crime high, debate rises in Maryland.

The rhetoric about police funding can slip into extremes. But as the state of Maryland shows, there’s more agreement than polarizing terms suggest. → Read More

Beyond sand castles: Sculptors create dunes to save America’s shoreline

Can a sand sculpture save a beach? As coastal communities confront shoreline erosion, building new dunes is one option in a dawning era of constant adaptation. → Read More

How race shaped the South’s punitive approach to justice

The South in many ways has the harshest criminal justice system in the U.S., embracing tough sentencing and the death penalty. Race plays a key role. → Read More

Meet the gun owners who support (some) gun control

Could rise of suburban gun owner lead to compromise for gun safety? → Read More

Chauvin convicted: Why this big trial broke from pattern

Sometimes the law and justice are two different things, as several other “trials of the century” have shown. → Read More

With militias on the rise, states boost vigilance

A plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that ended in 13 arrests signals broader risks in the U.S. → Read More

Deep-water fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico: Who benefits?

If approved, the Velella Epsilon project could mark the United States’ grand entrance into the aquaculture club. → Read More

‘See the fire’: George Floyd and the effects of violent protest

How George Floyd protesters might help, or hurt, their cause by adopting violence as a tactic. → Read More

Despite furor, accountability lags for police. Here’s why it might change.

Former Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder. What does data tell us about repercussions officers face after on-duty killings? → Read More

‘It can’t happen here.’ Coronavirus hits rural America.

Two-thirds of rural U.S. counties now have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. → Read More

Cracks in Biden’s ‘firewall’? Black voters split in S. Carolina.

Bernie Sanders has a real shot at winning in South Carolina, as splits emerge in the state’s largely African American primary electorate. → Read More

Trump’s new water rule: What it means for mines and pollution

The Trump administration’s answer to the Obama-era clean water rule may be a boon for this South Carolina gold mine. → Read More

Fashion – not disability – defines this young entrepreneur’s future

Tie designer Will Howell joins other Americans with disabilities finding independence through self-employment. → Read More

After Russian trolls target black Americans, one city fights back

Black activists point to a long history of people interfering with African Americans’ right to vote. In 2016, that meddling came from overseas. → Read More

Is that Chihuahua a real service dog? The truth, unleashed.

Almost half the states have now passed laws against false service, emotional support, and therapy animals in the face of a growing imposter problem. → Read More

After a mass shooting, what does healing look like?

After a mass shooting, headlines focus on PTSD. As an inverse counterpoint, trauma experts have noted what they call “post-traumatic growth.” → Read More