Ray Downs

News

How It Felt to Be Inside the Ferguson Media Circus

As a local reporter in St. Louis during the protests over Michael Brown's death, I watched as the international press parachuted in. I'm glad they came.
Ray Downs
11.25.14
News

How This Small Prison in Rural Alabama Became One of the Most Horrifying Places in America

This small rural lockup is one of the most dangerous places in America.
Ray Downs
6.24.14
This Week In Drake

Understanding Drake's Meme Appeal

We all make fun of Drake, so how is he still so popular?
Ray Downs
5.5.14
News

Does It Matter That the Venezuelan Opposition Is Funded by the US?

Opposition parties in Venezuela have been propped up by millions in US aid.
Ray Downs
3.1.14
Sports

The Boxer, the Murder and the Hard Fall from Grace

Evans Quinn was a local legend in rural Bluefields, Nicaragua, an immensely talented heavyweight who fought his way out of poverty. Then he lost some fights, returned home and got into a feud that turned deadly.
Ray Downs
10.30.13
News

How Much Will the Defence Industry Make from a Missile Strike Against Syria?

An attack on Assad would mean a giant payday for a few defence companies.
Ray Downs
9.11.13
Travel

The Trickle-Down Economics of Nicaragua’s Drug Trade

The cartels sometimes provide more economic stimulus than the government.
Ray Downs
8.29.13
News

Public Schoolteachers' Pensions Are Partially Funded by Private Prisons

And many teachers would rather that wasn't the case.
Ray Downs
6.4.13
News

Who’s Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex?

A rundown of some of America's incarceration investors.
Ray Downs
5.20.13
Travel

Alabama’s Strip Clubs of Death

I stopped by a few of the clubs where shootings occurred.
Ray Downs
5.12.13
News

The Former Civil Rights Activist Who Created the Right to Bear Arms

Don Kates is a big reason gun rights proponents are so confident they are right.
Ray Downs
4.12.13
News

Kat Stacks Is a Real American Hero, Bitch

The ex-prostitute's story is so American, it should be printed on the flag.
Ray Downs
4.5.13
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