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All posts by Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko is a New York City-based writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Hyphen, and many other publications.

Magic in the Modern Age: Do You (Still) Believe in Magic?

Legendary stage magician and escapologist James “The Amazing” Randi broke out of 22 jails during his career, going so far as to break Harry Houdini’s record of time spent inside a coffin submerged in water (104 minutes to Houdini’s 93). As seen in the film An Honest Liar (which premieres on Independent Lens on PBS Monday, … READ MORE

African Americans Hit Hardest by HIV in the South

While HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence to the same extent it was 20 years ago, 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year, and the disparities are startling when broken down by race, gender, and region. As reflected in June Cross’s film Wilhemina’s War [premieres February 29; check local listings], which puts a human … READ MORE

Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics Programs in the United States

Coerced sterilization is a shameful part of America’s history, and one doesn’t have to go too far back to find examples of it. Used as a means of controlling “undesirable” populations – immigrants, people of color, poor people, unmarried mothers, the disabled, the mentally ill – federally-funded sterilization programs took place in 32 states throughout the 20th century. … READ MORE