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Schuster Institute has received a 2014 Clarion Award for its article "Indonesia's Palm Oil Industry Rife with Human Rights Abuses," July 22, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek, in the category of Magazines - Feature Article, External Publication - Circulation of 500,000 or more - Current News.

Erin Siegal McIntyre was named "Freelancer of the Year" by the Guild Freelancers and received three 1st place awards in 2014 for her reporting on immigration.

Madeline Drexler has been honored with a Grand Gold Award for Best Article of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Her article, "Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll," (Spring 2013, Harvard Public Health), was selected out of 75 entries.

Phillip Martin has received a 2014 RTDNA National Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for his piece "Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok," (WGBH Boston Public Radio), which was also selected for a regional award. 



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The Front Page

Busing & Desegregation Then & Now

A Schuster Institute-WGBH News partnership
Brown v. Board, North & South 


For the fortieth anniversary of busing in Boston, the Schuster Institute partnered with WGBH News to explore desegregation in Boston, Massachusetts and Jackson, Mississippi.

The partnership launched with a yearlong project on September 8, 2014 with newly discovered historical documents and new reporting across radio, TV, and digital. 

Busing was the best thing that ever happened to Whitey Bulger," writes Michael Patrick MacDonald, New York Times bestselling author and Schuster Institute senior contributing editor, in an original essay written for our website: Whitey Bulger, Boston's Busing, and Southie's Lost Generation

     OW Holmes 6th grade class 1974-75 essays

More Recent Reporting & Commentary  

Healthcare workers, Sierra Leone; Tanya Bindra/AP The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Global, Mayrn McKenna, October 27, 2014, Wired Science.
Labor trafficking in New England industries Report: New England Industries 'Ripe' For Human Trafficking, Phillip Martin, October 23, 2014, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Ebolanoia Ebolanoia: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Ebola Fear Itself, Maryn McKenna, October 22, 2014, Wired Science.
Whitey Bulger, Boston Busing, and Southie's Lost Generation Whitey Bulger, Boston Busing, and Southie's Lost Generation, Michael Patrick MacDonald, October 16, 2014, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
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Ebola screening at US airports Viorel Florescu / AP Photo / Northjersey.com US Will Screen Air Passengers for Signs of Ebola. Will It Work? Maryn McKenna, October 9, 2014, Wired Science.
Lynn, Massachusetts Prostitution Arrests: Worcester And Lynn Spotlight The Gender Gap, Phillip Martin, October 6, 2014, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
A Story of Chicken by Karen J. Coates A Story of Chicken, Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, October/November 2014 (p. 43), The Cook's Cook.
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Joseph Kirnon and Cynthia Martin Whatever Happened to the Sixth Graders Who Wrote Essays About Busing? Phillip Martin, September 29, 2014, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Tarek Mehanna, left, and Ahmad Abousamra Is Boston a Feeder City for ISIS? Phillip Martin, September 25, 2014, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
War and Peace, Science and Development War and Peace, Science and Development, Karen Coates, September 24, 2014, SciDevNet.


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

When Beinecke librarian Naomi Saito found an X-Acto knife on the floor of a reading room, alarm bells rang in her head. The library where Saito works is the Beinecke The Map Thief by Michael BlandingRare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

"Few objects could be more disturbing to someone who works in a building full of rare books than a tool that can separate the pages of a book from its binding," writes Michael Blanding, Senior Fellow, in his new book, "The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps" (Gotham Books, May 29, 2014).  

Saito, library colleagues, and security staff soon identified the owner of the knife. He was still in the library–a dealer in rare maps named E. Forbes Smiley III.

When they confronted Smiley, he'd already slipped into his jacket pocket a map he'd lifted out of a book. He'd had no need for the X-Acto. The book's 400-year-old glue had long loosened its contents.

Eventually, Smiley admitted to stealing millions of dollars worth of rare maps and went to prison. 

In "The Map Thief," Blanding reports on the crime, the man behind the crime, the history of specific maps, and map-making. Smiley granted Blanding only two interviews and then went silent. Although he told Blanding much of his story, mysteries remain and maps are still missing.

Read more about The Map Thief>

Eternal Harvest: Forty Years Later, Tens of Millions of U.S. Bombs Dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War Continue to Devastate Laotians

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

What most of us don't know about the Vietnam War is that the United States military, in its efforts to quash the Communist insurgency in the North and stop supply routes connecting North and South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, dropped tens of millions of bombs on the people and landscape of neighboring Laos. Beginning in 1964, American forces bombed Laos on average once every eight minutes for nine years.

“Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos" (ThingsAsian Press, December 1, 2013) is a new book by Schuster Institute Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern dedicated to telling this story. In it, the bombing missions over Laos during the Vietnam War and their devastating effects are described through the experiences of Laotians and people on the ground there trying to clear the land of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

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