Stealth stoner — I got high, in various public places, using a portable vaporizer. The result wasn’t all gonzo fun. And neither will the so-called New Stoned Age of mainstream America.
Getaway Blues: Hunting for Humans in South Texas — Actual bounty hunters aren’t like the kind you see on TV or in movies. A ridealong with real skiptracers as they go on a three-day capturing binge in Texas (available at newsstands everywhere)
Mystery Shopping for a Church — A growing number of churches are hiring marketing companies to employ “mystery worshippers.” Jeff WInkler spent a day grading a local church—and feeling guilty.
An investigation into Isolation Tanks — In which the writer dips into a sensory deprivation tank to experience insights, a turbo-charged meditation session and a possible all-natural high.
All Aboard with Boat Cops — Summer is party season on America’s waterways. It’s also when the nation’s boat cops practice a very different style of policing. The Fix rides along with the Austin Lake Patrol unit
How Cops Learn to Catch Drunk Drivers — Say the alphabet backwards. Hop on one foot. How do officers assess whether a driver is over the limit? The Fix visits the Austin Police Training Academy to find out
A DWI Offer You Can’t Refuse — In a growing number of states, a DWI stop can lead to a roadside needle in your arm—and an involuntary blood sample. The Fix rides along with the Austin PD on No Refusal night
Four More Beers – The Prohibition Party, America’s longest-running third party, is still around after 140 years. Unfortunately, their political machine is small and their candidate is a gay-baiting preacher