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Texas Observer Magazine - January/February 2020

The Prison Inside Prison

Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement. Many aren’t sure how—or even if—they will ever get out. 
by Michael Barajas

Something in the Air

People in the Panhandle are getting sick from breathing fecal dust created by cattle feedlots—and the state isn’t doing much about it.
by Christopher Collins

Against the Current

Mandaean refugees make San Antonio home.
by Matthew Busch and Robyn Ross

Barrio Pop

Cande Aguilar’s paintings are a riot of color.
by Michael Agresta

The Interview

Sociologist Jeremy Slack on the horrors that await immigrants deported from the U.S.
Interviewed by Lise Olsen

The Book Report—Barn8

A darkly comic novel indicts the chicken farming industry.
by Michael Schaub

Film—Ernie and Joe

How the San Antonio police are rethinking mental health.
by Rose Cahalan


“When We Were Children”
by Edward Vidaurre

Karl Rove’s Return
Strangest State
Left Hooks... and more!

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