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Family Feuds

Not the game show kind. Capturing the fights with the ones we love but don't always understand.

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The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter

Did Maryon Cooper Hewitt want to suppress “bad genes” or steal her child’s inheritance? Their battle over genetics and motherhood riveted the nation in 1936.

Grandma’s Dementia Made Her Forget Her Homophobia

After watching how my family treated my lesbian mom, I assumed it would all repeat when I came out. But as my grandma’s memory faded, her disapproval of gay people vanished too.

The Disobedient Children of Monsters

When they learned their fathers led the reign of kidnapping, torture and murder that tore Argentina apart, their first reaction was disbelief. Their next was to take action.

The Vegan Who Bought Her Husband’s Cattle Ranch

...and turned it into an animal sanctuary.

This Corrupt Boss Was Charged With Sexual Harassment—3,000 Years Ago

The astonishing legal record of a village in ancient Egypt shows that men using their power to hurt women is a tale as old as time.

That Christmas When Mom Called Dad a Miserable Jew and He Called Her a Nazi Pig

Sometimes my Polish-Jewish father and German-Catholic mother seemed like they really loved each other. But when the holidays came around, it was World War III.

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Confessions From My Bubbe’s America

Shadowing My Gregarious GOP Grandma at the Republican National Convention

I’m a conflicted conservative who could never vote Trump. She’s a diehard delegate who would do anything for the cause. She had four days to try to convert me.

That Time My Mom Married a Lion Killer

Our house became a hunting lodge, and that was just the beginning.