Mariah Blake

Dirty Medicine

How medical supply behemoths stick it to the little guy, making America’s health care system more dangerous and expensive.

Dirty Medicine

hen Thomas Shaw gets worked up, he twists in his chair and kneads his hand. Or he paces about in his tube socks grumbling, Theyre trying to destroy us, and The whole thing is a giant scam. And Shaw, the founder of a medical device maker called Retractable Technologies, spends a lot of time being… Read more »

Money and Power on the Texas State Board of Education

he ultraconservative faction on the Texas state school board owes its breathtaking clout largely to one man: Rick Agosto, a San Antonio Democrat who regularly votes with the group, giving it the paper-thin majority it needs to push its agenda forward. Why does he do it? Some fellow board members chalk it up to vote… Read more »


on McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas. When he greeted me at the door one evening last October, he was clutching a thin paperback with the skeleton of a seahorse on its cover, a primer on… Read more »

Pie in the Sky

What happened when a billionaire pizza mogul tried to build an elite Catholic law school.