Long Reads

Faith, Friendship, And Tragedy At Santa Fe High

Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan with dreams of changing the world, struck up an unlikely friendship with an evangelical Christian girl. The two became inseparable—until the day a fellow student opened fire.

Business, Long Reads, Tech

Inside Google’s Civil War

With its “Don’t be evil” mantra, Google was a central player in creating the rosy optimism of the tech boom. Some employees say Google is losing touch with that motto. What happens when an empowered tech workforce rebels?

Economics, Life, Long Reads

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?

Financial help from parents comes in many forms, and it’s the basis of so many success stories. So why do millennials act like it doesn’t exist? Harper’s Bazaar examines the myth—and tyranny—of the “self-made” success story.

Health, Life, Long Reads

Is Poverty Necessary?

Progress is dynamic, self-generating, unpredictable. Poverty is static, effectively resourceless, subject to interests that are not its own, therefore valuable to those interests. 

Cities, Long Reads, Politics

Vision And Reality In San Francisco’s Tech Corridor

When the ‘Twitter tax break’ took effect eight years ago, it was intended to draw tech companies to rundown Mid-Market Street and lead to a neighborhood revitalization. Did it succeed?

Health, Long Reads, Politics

The Mystery Of The Millionaire Hermit

He spent years scrimping and saving. But without a will, where’s his money going? When someone dies without a will, family trees dictate where the money goes. Each state has its own method to determine the line of succession.

Long Reads, Science

The Race To Develop The Moon

For science, profit, and pride, China, the U.S., and private companies are hunting for resources on the lunar surface. It’s not difficult to imagine moon development, like all development, proceeding less than peacefully, and less than equitably.

Long Reads, Science

With a Simple Twist, A ‘Magic’ Material Is Now The Big Thing In Physics

The stunning emergence of a new type of superconductivity with the mere twist of a carbon sheet has left physicists giddy, and its discoverer nearly overwhelmed.

Crime, Long Reads

Inside The Investigation That Caught Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

June 26, 2017: Another man vanishes from the Gay Village. Part one in a four-part series on the Toronto police investigation and community efforts that caught serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Business, Food, Life, Long Reads

The Price Of Plenty: How Beef Changed America

Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness. The industrial slaughterhouse was a triumph of human ingenuity as well as a site of brutal labor exploitation.

Crime, Long Reads, Tech

Where The Bodies Are Buried

Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. Now, the mothers of the missing are digging them up, armed with iron rods and quadcopter drones.

Economics, Health, Long Reads

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

How well-meaning donations end up fuelling an unproven, virtually unregulated two-billion-dollar stem-cell industry. An industry has sprung up in which specialized clinics offer miracle remedies from poorly understood stem-cell products.

Long Reads, Politics

Inside The West’s Plans For Arctic War Against Russia

Moscow is growing belligerent in its quest to pry open the icy route to the Atlantic. The U.S. and Britain are racing to catch up, but is it too late?

Crime, Long Reads, Media

The Rise And Fall Of Marty Tirrell

From central Iowa radio pioneer to alleged scam artist. Money didn’t always belong to Tirrell, according to numerous court judgments against him. He defrauded eight people out of $1.5 million.

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