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Tara Murtha

Writer

Philadelphia

Tara Murtha

Reporting & analysis from policy to pop.

Author of critically acclaimed "Ode to Billie Joe" for the 33 1/3 series
www.odetobilliejoe333.com

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Why it's so hard to get abortion coverage right

Reproductive health is a multi-beat topic in the daily news, yet coverage of abortion so often falls short.
Poynter. Link to Story
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The Secret Life of Bobbie Gentry

50 years after Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry's pioneering career continues to inspire young artists.
Rolling Stone Link to Story
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How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women

Doctors today are not only allowed to, but in some cases are even forced to, lie to patients by politicians.
Rolling Stone Link to Story
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'9 to 5' Turns 35, and It's Still Radical Today

The plot of 9 to 5 feels nothing short of radical, even (and perhaps especially) today.
Rolling Stone Link to Story
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Review: Diane Arbus, Portrait of a Photographer

Portraits of a city long gone, snapshots from an impossible vacation from herself.
The Philadelphia Inquirer Link to Story
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On the Strange State of Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania

Pa. is less likely to execute a death row inmate than any other state with the death penalty.
The New Republic Link to Story
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Bill Cosby's Fate Could Hinge on a Small-Town Election

Troiani has said that if Castor wins the election next week, Constand "will likely back out" of the case.
Rolling Stone Link to Story
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Review: Helen Oyeyemi's "What Is Not Yours is Not Yours"

Oyeyemi carefully slices out the parts she wants you to notice the most.
The Philadelphia Inquirer Link to Story
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Pennsylvania fails new mothers in the workplace

When women are forced to choose between a job and breastfeeding, most have to pick the paycheck.
The Patriot News Link to Story
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LGBT Catholics Disappointed on Eve of 'Liberal' Pope's U.S. Visit

Gay Catholic families told they're not welcome at church during significant World Meeting.
Rolling Stone Link to Story
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The Gosnell Case Shows Abortion Isn’t a Red or Blue Issue—It’s Pink

Reproductive healthcare is embraced as a religious issue on the right and marginalized as a women's issue on the left.
Philadelphia Weekly Link to Story
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Tara Murtha on why 1989 was the Greatest Year in Music

Lou Reed may be a monster but he is our monster, and “Dirty Boulevard” is untouchable.

About

Tara Murtha

Features, analysis, essays + arts. I like trauma-informed journalism, and writing and reading about music and art, reproductive rights, books, issues related to violence against women, wonky health policy, forgotten histories, true crime, rock and roll, old Hollywood and country stars.

Author of critically acclaimed "Ode to Billie Joe," published by the 33 1/3 series, Bloomsbury. www.odetobilliejoe333.com

I'm an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University.

I write songs but you'll probably never hear them. I make a perfect poached egg.