Just joined the Atlantic to write about ways people and cities are adopting to the new economy. Former LAT writer. Message me at alana@theatlantic.com.

How Common is Child Labor in the U.S.?

theatlantic.com — On a warm day last summer Josh Bassais, a union organizer, went down to a non-union construction project in Edina, a Minneapolis suburb where new elementary classrooms were being built, to check out safety on the site.

Lowering the Cost of Crime and Punishment: An Economist's Vision

theatlantic.com — If there's one thing the United States is good at, it's putting people in prison. The number of people incarcerated in America has quadrupled in the last three decades. At last count, we housed 1.5 million inmates.

Sperm Donor, Life Partner

theatlantic.com — Dawn Pieke's relationship imploded just before she reached 40. Pieke had a miscarriage and shortly after, her boyfriend, who she'd dated for almost a decade, met someone else on a business trip and had an affair.

Converting a Union Skeptic

theatlantic.com — ENOSBURG, Vt.-When the union representatives first came knocking at Audra Rondeau's door in this rural part of the state, near the Canadian border, she turned them away. They wanted her to join an effort to organize Vermont's 7,000 or so home-care workers.

The Happier Workplace

theatlantic.com — Peter Gibbons, a character in the 1999 cult hit Office Space, has a depressing realization one day while sitting in his cubicle. Since he started working, every day has been worse than the day before. So every day that he shows up to his office is the worst day of his life.

A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

theatlantic.com — NORWICH, Vt.-Call centers are not, typically, very happy places-especially around the holidays. Workers have quotas to make, and often sit in bleak cubicles, headsets on, plowing through calls from stressed shoppers, as they count down the minutes until lunch. But the employees in this call center in Vermont are rosy-cheeked and-can it be?-smiling.

When Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

theatlantic.com — BURLINGTON, Vt.-Johann Kulsic arrived in this city with an optimistic feeling that he'd finally begun his ascendancy to the middle class. He'd been accepted into the University on Vermont with a partial scholarship, and he looked forward to leaving behind the poverty of his upbringing in Rhode Island, and making something of himself, perhaps studying computer science.

The Unfinished Suburbs of America

theatlantic.com — STOCKTON, Calif.-Janeen Milhorn and her husband bought their four-bedroom ranch-style house on a quiet street in this California suburb in 2004. It was on one of the farthest lots in the development, which Milhorn liked because it meant she had more land, and because it looked out onto a hay field.

The Unfinished Suburbs of America

theatlantic.com — STOCKTON, Calif.-Janeen Milhorn and her husband bought their four-bedroom ranch-style house on a quiet street in this California suburb in 2004. It was on one of the farthest lots in the development, which Milhorn liked because it meant she had more land, and because it looked out onto a hay field.

Can quitting your job help end war?

money.cnn.com — Then the U.S. invaded Iraq, and Gross had what was probably a pretty typical Bay Area reaction: He didn't agree with the war. But for Gross, who is now 44, this opposition turned visceral. Even though he was going to anti-war protests and speaking about his opposition to the war publicly, he couldn't sleep.
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Dec 18, 2014

I'm not sure I've ever had an on-time departure or arrival at Newark airport. They allow too many flights and claim surprise at congestion.

Dec 17, 2014

Ok, low oil prices are pretty great. Unless you're Elon Musk. Or Alaska. Or Russia. cnb.cx/1uOMsU0

Dec 16, 2014

Um, yikes. Banks loosen lending standards to levels seen before financial crisis, report says. fw.to/ebixJvP

Dec 15, 2014

As states roll back labor laws and budgets for enforcement agencies shrink, is child labor growing in the US? theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Dec 11, 2014

RT @dishfeed: .@AlanaSemuels reports on the sperm donors who take a part in raising their biological offspring: thed.sh/1yW67HK

Dec 11, 2014

RT @Prison_Health: Lowering the Cost of Crime and Punishment: An Economist's Vision ht.ly/FIpBJ ow.ly/i/7TSsa RT @AlanaSemuels

Dec 11, 2014

One of the many excellent parts of NYer piece on poop transplants: donor nicknames, i.e. Vladimir Pootin. newyorker.com/magazine/2014/… @newyorker

Dec 11, 2014

In which Atlantic staffers (including me) tell you the best book they read this year (Americanah was a close 2nd) theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

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