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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.

The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did

The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did

History, Long Reads

The US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the Japanese finally succumbed to the threat of further nuclear bombardment and surrendered. The support for this narrative runs deep. But there are three major problems with it, and, taken together, they significantly undermine the traditional interpretation of the Japanese surrender.

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Apps, Long Reads

To thousands of young millennials from humble backgrounds, Jordan Belfort’s Wolf of Wall Street story became a blueprint for how to escape an unremarkable life on low pay. Their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles, but what are these self-styled traders really selling?

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Long Reads, Tech

In a journal with unlined 8-by-10 paper, Zuckerberg sketched his mission and product design and explored how a tiny company might become a vital utility for the world. In detail, he described features called Open Registration and Feed, two products that would supercharge his company.

How Two Lottery-Crazed Bank Clerks Cooked Up China’s Biggest Bank Robbery

How Two Lottery-Crazed Bank Clerks Cooked Up China’s Biggest Bank Robbery

Crime, Long Reads

On April 16, 2007, the fuzzy, grey star had just set, and the bustling streets cast further into darkness, when police detectives arrived at the Agricultural Bank of China. When detectives entered the vault, they were stumped. The suspects had left behind only one piece of physical evidence: a bag full of lottery tickets.

Iron Is The New Cholesterol

Iron Is The New Cholesterol

Health, Life, Long Reads

Oxygen and iron are essential for the production of energy, but may also conspire to destroy the delicate order of our cells. Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.

How Utah Keeps The American Dream Alive

How Utah Keeps The American Dream Alive

Long Reads, Politics

Economic mobility to rival Denmark’s, but without big government. Can the rest of the U.S. emulate Utah’s success? We could offer more, and better, help to people who need it. Why not look for more promising scripts than the ones played out across the U.S. today?

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
What Do We Do With Robert E. Lee?

What Do We Do With Robert E. Lee?

History, Long Reads, Politics

The president of Washington and Lee University, Will Dudley, understood the depth of his problem the moment he turned on the television and saw hoards of white men in collared shirts and khakis carrying tiki torches as they marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

The Brazilian Town Where The American Confederacy Lives On

The Brazilian Town Where The American Confederacy Lives On

Long Reads, World

Confederates who had rejected Reconstruction fled the United States in the wake of the Civil War—a voluntary exile that American history has more or less erased. The Confederados in Americana, Brazil, are one of the last remaining enclaves of the children of the unreconstructed South.

Master & Dynamic MW65 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones

Master & Dynamic MW65 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones

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The ultimate companion for your daily listening or travels, the MW65 are Master & Dynamic’s lightest over-ear headphone. Weighing only 245 grams and featuring custom 40mm Beryllium drivers and Active Noise-Cancelling technology, these headphones produce an exceptional acoustic experience.

Iceland's Big Bitcoin Heist

Iceland's Big Bitcoin Heist

Business, Crime, Long Reads, Tech

With its cheap geothermal energy and low crime rate, Iceland has become the world’s leading miner of digital currency. Then the crypto-crooks showed up. The thieves weren’t robbing banks. They were stealing the presses that print digital money.

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Crime, Long Reads

Citing the fact that Keith Raniere had a cast of girlfriends, the media declared that Nxivm was not a self-improvement company at all but rather a “sex-slave cult.” A federal investigation was opened, culminating in Mexican police officers plucking Raniere from a pricey villa.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Long Reads, Tech

Miners now pouring into Eastern Washington are building sites with tens of thousands of servers and electrical loads of as much as 30 megawatts, or enough to power a neighborhood of 13,000 homes. And in the arms race that cryptocurrency mining has become, even these operations will soon be considered small-scale.

Life Under The Algorithm

Life Under The Algorithm

Business, Economics, Life, Long Reads

Increase your output, get paid more. Wages go up with productivity. Until, it turns out, they don’t anymore. The unwinding of this agreement in recent decades, such that workers must continue to produce more without expecting it to show up in their pay stubs, has now been the subject of a good deal of discussion and debate.

Faith, Friendship, And Tragedy At Santa Fe High

Faith, Friendship, And Tragedy At Santa Fe High

Long Reads

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.

The Big China Short

The Big China Short

Business, Crime, Long Reads

Researchers had a hunch that Luckin Coffee, China’s fast-growing challenger to Starbucks and a company traded in the U.S. stock market, was falsifying financial statements to exaggerate its sales. A few months later, an anonymously written 89-page report landed on Wall Street and leveled one of China’s hottest startups.

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Crime, Long Reads, World

An investigation and trial has answered some of the questions about what happened to Andrei Mironov and the Italian photographer he was accompanying. Yet so much remains uncertain. Theirs is a story of the murky nature of facts in a war zone. It’s a story of elusive moral clarity in a land where death comes from who knows where.

The Race To Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

The Race To Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

Long Reads, Nature

Thwaites Glacier has long been the subject of dark speculation. If this mysterious glacier were to break down into icebergs and eventually collapse into the ocean—it might be more than a scientific curiosity. It might be the kind of event that changes the course of civilization.

The Rise Of Junk Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Long Reads, Media, Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

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.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
Uber Wars In Argentina

Uber Wars In Argentina

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

Since Uber arrived in Argentina in 2016, taxi drivers have come out in force, torching ride-share cars, beating drivers, and shaming passengers. There have been more than 1,041 fights — that have been reported to police, anyway.

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

Crime, Long Reads

They were an all-star crew. They cooked up the perfect plan. And when they pulled off the caper of the century, it made them more than a fortune—it made them folk heroes.

How Small Farmers Are Fighting To Keep Vermont's Identity Alive

How Small Farmers Are Fighting To Keep Vermont's Identity Alive

Long Reads

Not much says “America” more than the small dairy farm, and Vermont has spent decades selling that image. Increasingly, it’s a relic of a bygone era. As of the third quarter of 2019, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets had accounted for only 675 dairy farms in the state.

The Jungle Prince Of Delhi

The Jungle Prince Of Delhi

Long Reads, Politics, World

For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true?

How Big Oil And Big Soda Kept A Global Environmental Calamity A Secret For Decades

How Big Oil And Big Soda Kept A Global Environmental Calamity A Secret For Decades

Business, Long Reads, Nature

With new legislation, Sen. Tom Udall is attempting to marshal Washington into a confrontation with the plastics industry, and to force companies that profit from plastics to take accountability for the waste they create. Big Plastic isn’t a single entity. It’s more like a corporate supergroup: Big Oil meets Big Soda.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

Long Reads, Media, Tech

Twenty years after it sputtered onto the web, it’s now a de facto pillar in our fact-checking infrastructure. Its pages often top Google search and feed the knowledge panels that appear at the top of those results. Big Tech’s own efforts to stop misinformation also rely upon Wikipedia.

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