Latest from Richard Johnson

50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons
  • Dec 4, 2015

Canada’s colder war in Ukraine

This classroom is much like any other—there are tables, benches, a whiteboard, students, and a teacher up front. There is also gravel, and a smell of wet dog with a hint of gun oil. The classroom is a big green tent buffeted by wind and rain on the abandoned remains of what was once a Soviet military base in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine.
  • Nov 27, 2015

The four small chambers of the heart

In room M366, a mother holds her hand flat under her baby’s back. Her arm is interlaced carefully through a tangle of electrical wires and fluid tubes to where she can feel the warmth of both his shoulder blades in the palm of her hand. For hours like this she gently, ever so gently, rocks him and talks with her lips to his ear about everything and nothing at all.
  • Oct 6, 2015

Stories from all four chambers of the heart

In the cardiac intensive care unit, children struggle to stay alive.
  • Oct 5, 2015

Drawing the invisible

I had so many misconceptions about homeless people that it is almost embarrassing to write about it now. I mean, I was an idiot. The only salve to this realization is that most of us are idiots. We don’t know anything about what it is like to be without a home. But a couple of months back I determined to find out.
  • Sep 25, 2015

The Trump effect: Candidates drawn into his orbit, like it or not

Donald Trump dominated the conversation at Wednesday night’s debate – a repeat performance of the first debate. Here's how the other candidates responded to him.
  • Sep 17, 2015

A guide to recent attacks on military bases and installations

More than 40 people have been killed by single-gunman attacks on military facilities since 2009.
  • Jul 17, 2015

Why Greece and Germany just don’t get along, in 15 charts

The story of two countries helps explain why Germany and Greece don't see eye-to-eye.
  • Jul 3, 2015

Beyond the death penalty

After the defense and the prosecution had rested their cases in the penalty phase of the federal trial to either kill or imprison Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a panel of death penalty abolitionists gathered at Old South Church in Boston. The Church stands at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and is less than 100 yards east of the detonation point of the first pressure cooker bomb, the one placed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The second bomb, the one placed by Dzhokhar and which detonated 12 seconds later, lies one block farther west.
  • May 12, 2015

Dead man walking?

Watching the defense team at work for the second week in a row it all begins to seem a bit desperate. The pitfall-covered uphill challenge of making Dzhokhar Tsarnaev into an empathetic figure in the eyes of the jury, after he has already been found guilty of the murder of three people and the attempted mass murder of hundreds more, must be daunting.
  • May 9, 2015