Latest from Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

After Arkansas passes its trans ban, parents and teens wonder: Should we stay?

‘It’s just not home if my child isn’t welcome,’ one Arkansas mom said.
  • Apr 24, 2021

South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels annual ‘slave auction’ fundraiser

“I didn’t even think of ‘slavery’ in racist terms,” said a Legion Hall host who has been fielding angry calls from around the country.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’

Both sides of the issue are launching major lobbying campaigns as President Biden weighs gun-control actions.
  • Mar 27, 2021

In the shadow of its exceptionalism, America fails to invest in the basics

In recent months in the U.S., historic breakthroughs have come alongside monumental failures of infrastructure and healthcare.
  • Mar 13, 2021

Billions in damage across the South prompts focus on who’s to blame, and who will pay

The cold surge may be the most expensive disaster in Texas history. But experts worry its causes won’t be addressed.
  • Feb 19, 2021

Transgender girls are at the center of America’s culture wars, yet again

Lawmakers in at least a dozen states have recently proposed bills challenging gender protections, many in youth sports.
  • Jan 29, 2021

Biden calls for LGBTQ protections in Day 1 executive order, angering conservatives

The order set the stage for an administration that has pledged to pursue an ambitious agenda on LGBTQ issues. But it also outraged some conservatives who argued the order would threaten the rights of women.
  • Jan 21, 2021

Biden’s policies on social and criminal justice

President-elect Joe Biden has said little publicly about his plans for criminal justice reform, but the expectations are high. Americans are looking to him to heal a deeply divided nation split along lines of race, politics and class.
  • Jan 11, 2021

How a Biden presidency could advance transgender rights — and lead to backlash

The president-elect already plans to reinstate many transgender protections erased by the Trump administration. But some advocates fear the conservative resistance to the transgender community will continue long after Trump leaves office.
  • Nov 17, 2020