Leah Caldwell

Houston native Leah Caldwell is a writer and editor living in Austin.

Fungi Town

by | Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:34 am CST
Photos of Lisa Aimone and Ziad Abu Naim in 2009 (left) and on vacation in Turkey in 2008 (right).
Criminal Justice

‘Go Back to Islam’

When hatred collides with Texas’ Stand Your Ground law, the result is fatal.

A Houston widow is still trying to process the shooting death of her husband, who she believes was killed not in self-defense, but out of Islamophobic rage. Read More

Arabic Immersion Magnet School

Learning Arabic in Houston, Inshallah

Despite an angry outcry from far-right protesters, Houston is embracing an Arabic immersion school that educators hope may give students an edge.

Except for the angry far-right protesters, the first day of school at the Arabic Immersion Magnet School in Houston in late August was a joyous occasion. Read More


Trailer Park Ploys

How Texas families with nowhere else to go are fighting back against mobile home moguls and their ruthless business model.

The residents of North Lamar Community Mobile Home Park in Austin aren't backing down from an escalating dispute with the new owners of the park, the moguls behind online trailer-preneur school Mobile Home University. Read More

Mohamed Elibiary
Criminal Justice

Mohamed’s Fight

He’s a Texas Republican and an expert on fighting extremism. Why do conservatives hate him?

He’s a Texas Republican and an expert on fighting extremism who advises homeland security officials. Why do conservatives hate him? Read More


Searching for Souls in Wells, Texas

In tiny Wells, Texas, a revival led by the much-maligned Church of Wells is not going as planned, especially not since the parents of Catherine Grove showed up looking for their daughter. Read More


Meeting Hezbollah

My introduction to Hezbollah came on an early morning in southern Beirut. I rode bus No. 5 from the Burj Al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp, where I taught English, eastwards through Haret Hreik—a Hezbollah stronghold. Every day I watched the surroundings … Read More


Capitol Offense

At the Governor's Pleasure

In each four-year term, a Texas governor will appoint several hundred people to serve on various state agencies, commissions, and boards—everything from powerful policy-setting positions at the Public Utilities Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to such obscure … Read More