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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.

Structured Settlements

How an entire industry built itself convincing lead-paint poisoning victims to sign over settlement payments for a fraction of what they’re worth.

Beyond the Breach

The people who survived Katrina, ten years later.

The Meaning of Serena Williams
Daniel Wolfe Is Killing Himself Live on Facebook

The search for an Iraq veteran on the brink of suicide.

Zach Baron | GQ | Aug 2015
The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins

The sailboat dreams of two octogenarian Brooklyn brothers.

Simone Wilson | Patch | Aug 2015
"No Place for a Kid to Go"

The chaos of a group home in Long Beach, California.

Joaquin Sapien | ProPublica | Aug 2015
The Big Dig

Visiting the treasures – bear skulls, footprints, an ancient emerald necklace – that surfaced with shipwrecks at Yenikapi in Turkey.

Elif Batuman | New Yorker | Aug 2015
The Pope and the Planet

The Pope’s vision for addressing climate change.

The Heirs

The three men vying to be the next publisher of the New York Times.

The Long Life and Quiet Death of True Detective Magazine

The rise and fall of the “fact crime magazine.”

John Marr | io9 | Aug 2015
Mister Lytle: An Essay

Memories of living with the writer Andrew Lytle late in his life.

Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

A culture war is raging between the people diversifying science fiction and the men who’d like to roll that back.

Amy Wallace | Wired | Aug 2015
Dr. Shock

How an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Canada.

Richard Poplak | The Walrus | Aug 2015
A Feel-Good Katrina Story Turned Bad

Kathy Phipps was “rescued” by FEMA. Ten years later, she is so anxious she’s confined to her house.

Peter Moskowitz | Buzzfeed | Aug 2015
Nothing Random

The most powerful man in publishing, unfiltered.

Silence at Baylor

How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for sexually assaulting a fellow student.

John Mackey: The Conscious Capitalist

A profile of the Whole Foods CEO, who, despite a rash of problems with his company, firmly believes he’s seen the future of American business.

Beth Kowitt | Fortune | Aug 2015
Welcome to Maternity Hotel California

On the underground economy of full-service Southern California apartment complexes marketed to Chinese birth-tourists.

Who Is Marc Jacobs?

The 52-year-old designer finds himself at a crossroads.