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Because You’re Worth It: How the US Egg Donation Industry Monetizes Beauty

Because You’re Worth It: How the US Egg Donation Industry Monetizes Beauty

New Lines interviewed dozens of egg donors, intended parents and fertility agencies, piecing together a picture of an industry that trades in the commodification of women and human genetic material, raising serious ethical questions about how the worth of a person should be measured.

Folk Music Is Helping Ukrainians Make Sense of Their Recent History

Folk Music Is Helping Ukrainians Make Sense of Their Recent History

President Vladimir Putin’s invasion has spurred an all-encompassing attempt by Ukrainians to rediscover their country’s history, language and culture after centuries of suppression and co-optation by Moscow. Music, particularly folk songs and instruments, is integral to these efforts.

How Defining ‘Refugees’ Shapes the Lives of Millions

How Defining ‘Refugees’ Shapes the Lives of Millions

The approach of the U.S. to those who seek asylum within its borders has changed over time, its definitions and rules reshaped by ideologies from racial hierarchy to Cold War anticommunism — with major legal consequences for those affected as well as significant influence on how Americans perceive and welcome them.

Gaza in a Million Pieces

Gaza in a Million Pieces

I walk past beds of children in bandages, children with metal rods poking out of tiny legs and arms, children with burns, children with necrotic tissue. Like many others, I watched Gaza’s horror unfold on TV and social media and lacked the words to express it. I am here; I am seeing it for myself. I understand so much more, and yet I find myself even more incapable of articulating the extent of what I am witnessing.

A Portal to Another World: Translating Early Arabic Poetry — With James Montgomery

A Portal to Another World: Translating Early Arabic Poetry — With James Montgomery

James Montgomery, Sir Thomas Adams's professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, tells New Lines’ Lydia Wilson how the early Arabic hunting poetry in his latest book is a portal into another world, on this week’s episode of The Lede.