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For The Weekend: July 31, 2015

Our special guest this week is BuzzFeed News’ Molly Hensley-Clancy, who covers the business of education, sharing some of her favorite stories recently.

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This wrenching BuzzFeed News investigation into how American companies abuse foreign workers who are in the country legally on temporary worker visas — all while the government stands by, doing virtually nothing to stop them — has stuck with me all week.

This week's New York Times examination of efforts to systematically dismantle the Voting Rights Act, lately in the form of voter ID laws meant to counteract nearly-nonexistent fraud, is incredibly important, especially now.

I love everything Reveal (part of the Center for Investigative Reporting) has been doing lately, but especially this look at how the highest levels of the Jehovah's Witnesses shielded — and even embraced — a serial sexual abuser of children, while simultaneously shunning one of his victims for being gay. I found myself exclaiming aloud in disbelief at some of the details.

Finally, I'm an education reporter, so I was particularly moved by this story and photo essay in the Los Angeles Times about a group of children living in a motel in San Bernadino, and how they cope with the uncertainty and trauma of poverty. It's part of a larger series the Times has been doing on California's poorest city.


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