Valerie Vande Panne is a former news editor of High Times magazine. Her work appears in Salon, among other publications. Email or tweet @asktheduchess.


The burgeoning market for pet organ transplants—specifically kidneys—has gone global. Inside a start up that’s transforming the animal health industry.

Sex Workers’ Rights

In 2008, San Francisco’s decriminalization drive went down in flames over donors’ fears of being outed. So proponents formed a nonprofit—and took their new lawsuit funding drive online.

Leaky Gut

Popping an ibuprofen after a workout or for a headache seems safe, right? Recent research shows the drug could contribute to leaky gut syndrome and celiac disease.