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Mandy Redig


“My good woman, you are a man!”

September 3, 2009 | Reporting

What will happen to Caster Semenya if it turns out that some part of her anatomy or biochemistry does not conform to a biological picture of sex in which internal, external, and chromosomal status all match?

A Modern Prometheus

July 31, 2009 | Essays

There was the patient, but instead of being surrounded by the surgical team, she was enveloped by the metal arms of a multi-million-dollar robot resembling a giant octopus.

Three Cups of Tea

July 20, 2009 | Criticism

Greg Mortenson has touched the lives of countless children on the Pakistani-Afghan border.

Seduced by the Blurb

June 27, 2009 | Criticism

Turning my inner bibliophile loose in a four-story bookstore is an invitation for disaster.

The Death of the American Trial

June 18, 2009 | Criticism

Despite popular perceptions of the jury trial, this most central feature of the American legal system is actually slowly disappearing.

Alexandra the Great

May 20, 2009 | Criticism

The filly's win at the Preakness has captured the interest of the public, not unlike Seabiscuit in 1938.

The Pulitzer as a Mirror

April 21, 2009 | Essays

The 2009 Pulitzers are very different than the 1999 Pulitzers, much like the world described by the winners.

In Memoriam: Natasha Richardson

March 21, 2009 | Profiles

With the tragic death of Natasha Richardson earlier in the week, the world has lost a tremendously talented artist, an actress whose versatility allowed her to charm audiences, wow critics, and entertain viewers whether performing for the silver screen or on the stage. Although her career stretched for a remarkable 41 years, her death at a mere 45 was far too soon, by any measure.

Yet despite the loss to the theater and film industry, even more significant than this professional tragedy is the personal loss suffered by a family: the husband, sons, sister, mother and other loved ones who are left to mourn the healthy, vivacious woman there was no reason to think would soon leave them. And yes, in this case the husband happens to be Liam Neeson, an actor whose craggy profile and distinctive voice are unmistakable, while the mother is Vanessa Redgrave, an actress whose fame likely surpassed her daughter’s. But today, the famous members of this family are not, primarily, famous; they are simply grieving along with the thousands of other families who have lost loved ones to traumatic brain injury, or TBI.


Your Doctor Needs a Nap

December 16, 2008 | Essays

A new study concludes that medical residents are dangerously overworked. But is the healthcare field willing—or able—to change?