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The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business

Who gets out alive when disaster strikes? The people who can afford it.

Abe Streep | Wired | Aug 2015
Can We Ever Design The Ideal City?

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies — but no one can design the perfect human community.

Imagine Going To Prison For A Crime You Didn't Commit. Now Imagine It's For Murdering Your Child

Meet the lawyers fighting to close the innocence gap.

Living Without A Sense Of Smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavors — it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

In Which We're Up All Night

An essay on insomnia.

My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

Our discussion was considered so dangerous that we — two reporters and a social worker — were placed on the top floor of the prison maximum security wing, which guards told us had formerly held terrorists, serial murderers, gang leaders and child rapists. Meanwhile, police stripped my home of every file, every piece of paper I had, and 400 books.

GCHQ and Me

The costs of a life spent reporting on spies.

Learning to Speak Lingerie

A Chinese underwear merchant rises in Egypt.

Peter Hessler | New Yorker | Aug 2015
Hunting Rebecca Francis

The woman trophy hunter, notorious for her controversial “hero shot” beside a dead giraffe, profiled.

Kerry Howley | New York | Aug 2015
Great Leaps Forward In Ice Cream History

​It’s one of the most complex food products you’ll ever consume: a thermodynamic miracle that contains all three states of matter — solid, liquid, and gas — at the same time. And yet no birthday party, beach trip, or Fourth of July celebration is complete without a scoop or two.

Ribbers Got Beef

In Ontario, Canada, ribfests were largely non-profit affairs. Then one man decided to make a profit off their popularity.

Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?

A graveyard, a stutter and Ray-Bans: The Vice President, profiled.

Jeanne Marie Laskas | GQ | Jul 2013
The New Abolitionists

The anti-human trafficking stings conducted by Operation Underground Railroad are flashy, exciting, camera-ready. Whether or not they truly help victims is another question.

How A Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina

When all else failed, he commandeered a bus, and saved his neighbors. Now he’s in prison.

Joel D. Anderson | Buzzfeed | Jul 2015

The politics of Planned Parenthood.

Jill Lepore | New Yorker | Nov 2011
The Arc of the Sun

A trip to the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race.

Best of Enemies

The mutual hatred of Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr., punctuated by great insults like “crypto-Nazi.”

Jim Holt | New York | Jul 2015
Logan Paul Has Conquered the Internet, But He Can’t Figure Out How to Conquer the World

He’s got millions of followers on Vine. He’s got sponsors paying him tens of thousands to promote their products. He’s got a vanity license plate that says “AYYYYYYY.” It’s not enough.

Yemen's Hidden War

A remote nation and a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe.

John Hughes' Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started The Movie Franchise

In 1979, National Lampoon magazine published the future director’s fictitious tale of a family trip gone horribly awry. The Hollywood Reporter reprints the tale that launched an iconic movie series.