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Long Reads

Read the best long reads from around the internet, including outstanding long-form articles leading publishers like The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, LA Times, Washington Post and many more.

‘We’re The Only Plane In The Sky’

‘We’re The Only Plane In The Sky’

History, Long Reads, Politics

Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.

The Invention Of Money

The Invention Of Money

Business, Economics, History, Long Reads

When the Venetian merchant Marco Polo got to China, he saw many wonders. One of the things that astonished him most, however, was a new invention, implemented by Kublai Khan, a grandson of the great conqueror Genghis. It was paper money, introduced by Kublai in 1260.

I Accidentally Uncovered A Nationwide Scam On Airbnb

I Accidentally Uncovered A Nationwide Scam On Airbnb

Long Reads, Tech

An undetected scam created by some person or organization that had figured out just how easy it is to exploit Airbnb’s poorly written rules in order to collect thousands of dollars through phony listings, fake reviews, and, when necessary, intimidation.

Puff, Puff, Pass: A New Vape With Hazy Origins Takes Juul's Place

Puff, Puff, Pass: A New Vape With Hazy Origins Takes Juul's Place

Health, Long Reads

Due to their popularity with teenagers, flavored vapes fell directly into regulator’s crosshairs. Pod-based vape companies, like JUUL, are now banned from selling any flavored pods, aside from menthol and tobacco. Now, Puff Bar’s popularity is surging, but no one knows anything about the mysterious company.

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

Our culture long ago made peace with the fragility of matrimony, but we still have high expectations for friendships. If you really care about someone, you should be able to pick up where you left off, no matter how long it’s been. Friendship’s something you don’t really lose, right?

Death On Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

Death On Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

Health, Life, Long Reads, Politics

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. As the world’s pioneer, the Netherlands has also discovered that although legalizing euthanasia might resolve one ethical conundrum, it opens a can of others – most importantly, where the limits of the practice should be drawn.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Unraveling Of America

The Unraveling Of America

Economics, Long Reads, Politics

If and when the Chinese are ascendant, with their concentration camps for the Uighurs, the ruthless reach of their military, their 200 million surveillance cameras watching every move and gesture of their people, we will surely long for the best years of the American century.

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

Business, Long Reads, Media

On July 21, 2019, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ became the highest-grossing film ever, on its way to adding nearly $2.8 billion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s $22.5 billion global box office total. The 2010s were defined by this superhero takeover—though the plans for it were laid even before the decade began.

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Long Reads, Media

The background music industry – also known as music design, music consultancy or something offered as part of a broader package of “experiential design” or “sensory marketing” – is constantly deciding what we hear as we go about our everyday business. The biggest player in the industry, Mood Media, supplies music to 560,000 locations across the world, from Sainsbury’s to KFC.

The Great American Tax Haven: Why The Super-Rich Love South Dakota

The Great American Tax Haven: Why The Super-Rich Love South Dakota

Business, Economics, Long Reads

Last year billionaire Sun Hongbin quietly transferred $4.5bn worth of shares in his Chinese real estate firm to a company on a street corner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Thanks to its relish for deregulation, the state is fast becoming the most profitable place for the mega-wealthy to park their billions.

This Land Is No Longer Your Land

This Land Is No Longer Your Land

Long Reads

The fight over preserving public land during the Trump era is taking a strange, angry twist in Montana’s Crazy Mountains. Both sides are armed.

How The English Language Is Taking Over the Planet

How The English Language Is Taking Over the Planet

Long Reads, World

English is everywhere, and everywhere, English dominates. From inauspicious beginnings on the edge of a minor European archipelago, it has grown to vast size and astonishing influence. Almost 400m people speak it as their first language; a billion more know it as a secondary tongue. Is there any point in resisting?

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Given their size and wealth, both Google and IBM have a shot at becoming serious players in the quantum computing business. Companies will rent their machines to tackle problems the way they currently rent cloud-based data storage and processing power from Amazon, Google, IBM, or Microsoft.

The Stradivarius Affair

The Stradivarius Affair

Crime, Long Reads

It isn’t every day that a street criminal—a high-school dropout with two felony convictions—is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical.

The Night The Music Died

The Night The Music Died

Long Reads

It came out of the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. Outside lay the bodies of three young men who had been thrown from the plane at more than 100 miles per hour. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper, were dead.

Can Computers Ever Replace The Classroom?

Can Computers Ever Replace The Classroom?

Innovation, Long Reads, Tech

Derek Haoyang Li is the founder of Squirrel AI, an education company that offers tutoring delivered in part by humans, but mostly by smart machines, which he says will transform education as we know it. Other entrepreneurs are making similarly extravagant claims about the power of online learning.

She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want To Harm Her?

She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want To Harm Her?

Long Reads

Kelli Peters, 49, with short blond hair and a slightly bohemian air. As the volunteer director of the Afterschool Classroom Enrichment program at Plaza Vista, she was a constant presence on campus, whirling down the halls in flip-flops and bright sundresses. Who would want to harm her?

Going The Distance (And Beyond) To Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going The Distance (And Beyond) To Catch Marathon Cheaters

Long Reads

Derek Murphy investigates runners whose times seem suspicious, which is what brought him to a 70-year-old doctor named Frank Meza. He’d run an exceptional time of 2 hours, 53 minutes that day, setting a record for the fastest marathon ever run by a man his age.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The True Story Of The White Island Eruption

The True Story Of The White Island Eruption

Long Reads, World

In December 2019, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we’re willing to take when lives hang in the balance.

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

Long Reads, World

Tell your fellow Americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train.

The Race To Develop The Moon

The Race To Develop The Moon

Long Reads, Science

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.

Inside Kanye West’s Vision For The Future

Inside Kanye West’s Vision For The Future

Innovation, Long Reads

First he changed the sound of popular music. Then he revolutionized fashion and sneakers. Now, Kanye West is redesigning the very building blocks of family life—food, clothing, and shelter—and he’s claimed thousands of acres in Wyoming as a test site for his ideas.

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Long Reads, Media

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. If there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

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