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Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking

“The job is to be enough of a personality that they want to know what you think.”

A Rattle with Death in Yosemite

The author survives a bite by a venomous snake in a remote area of Yosemite National Park.

My leg, from toe to hip, turned black and yellow and eventually swelled to 24 inches, more than twice its normal circumference.
Kyle Dickman | Outside | Jun 2018
The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot

Alex Vardakostas has been on a decade-long quest to build a robot that can prepare the perfect cheeseburger. It could also put his family out of work.

Lauren Smiley | Wired | Jun 2018
Joe and the Whale

Joe Howlett gave his life to save an animal that may already be past the point of no return. After ten centuries of annihilation, is there any way to undo the damage done?

Chelsea Murray | The Deep | Jun 2018
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed

From a new Supreme Court ruling to a census question about citizenship, the campaign against illegal registration is thriving. But when the top proponent was challenged in a Kansas courtroom to prove that such fraud is rampant, the claims went up in smoke.

Fiction Pick of the Week: "Sakura Trip"

A young lesbian poet’s confused love.

Li Zhuang | The Collapsar | Jun 2018
The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.

Junior’s personal life is in shambles, Robert Mueller looms large, and it’s never been trickier to be the president’s son.

Julia Ioffe | GQ | Jun 2018
The Trouble With Johnny Depp

How a Hollywood icon found himself at a dead end.

The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time

On the frontlines of extinction in the Gulf of California, where the vaquita faces its final days.

The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc

He was the best alpinist of his generation, a quiet, unassuming Canadian known for bold ascents of some of the world’s most iconic peaks. Four months ago, at the age of 25, he traveled to Alaska to join climber Ryan Johnson for a first ascent outside Juneau. They never came back.

Matt Skenazy | Outside | Jun 2018
Is This Man A Victim?

Maine adopted Kenyan runner Moninda Marube as a symbol of human trafficking’s invisible casualties. But a close look at his case raises hard questions — and illustrates the challenge of investigating and prosecuting trafficking crimes.

Kathryn Miles | Down East | Jun 2018
The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company

What happened at OneTaste?

Lies, China, And Putin

Solving the mystery of Wilbur Ross’ missing fortune.

Dan Alexander | Forbes | Jun 2018
"You don’t play around with a boy who’s hungry."

The Belgian forward’s journey to greatness.

The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story

Arthur and Kathleen Breitman thought they held the secret to building a new decentralized utopia. On the way, they plunged into a new kind of hell.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus | Wired | Jun 2018
The End of Civil Rights

On the legacy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night

“In a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream.”

Death of a Pig

On the grief that comes with losing livestock.

E.B. White | The Atlantic | Jan 1948
The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation

A PR company that worked with dictators and oligarchs deliberately inflamed racial tensions in South Africa—and destroyed itself in the process.

Ed Caesar | New Yorker | Jun 2018
As Goes the South, so Goes the Nation

“The echoing horror of slavery cuts both ways. We are often afraid to say what we know is true. The South is disaster and it is also miracle.”

Imani Perry | Harper’s | Jul 2018