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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.

The Convert: Life With A Jihadist

The Convert: Life With A Jihadist

Long Reads

Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.

Welcome To The Monkey House

Welcome To The Monkey House

Crime, History, Long Reads, Politics

Between the end of the Korean War and the early 1990s, more than one million Korean women were caught up in a state-controlled prostitution industry that was blessed at the highest levels by the U.S. military. They worked in special zones surrounding U.S. bases—areas licensed by the South Korean government.

How A Hot $100 Million Home Design Startup Collapsed Overnight

How A Hot $100 Million Home Design Startup Collapsed Overnight

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

The untold story of how Homepolish’s extremely Instagrammable house of cards came tumbling down. Instead of building a design juggernaut, the founder constructed something much more precarious — a fear-based culture where sound strategy couldn’t flourish, and where the pressure to grow led to reckless decision-making.

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.

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Long Reads, Politics

Putin’s recent ubiquity has brought great prominence to the practice of Putinology. This enterprise – the production of commentary and analysis about Putin and his motivations, based on necessarily partial, incomplete and sometimes entirely false information – has existed as a distinct intellectual industry for over a decade.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Long Reads, Politics, World

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Trump Tower Baku never opened.

How Much Is A Human Life Actually Worth?

How Much Is A Human Life Actually Worth?

Health, Life, Long Reads

As a society we have historically been willing to incur costs to save lives. Government forces carmakers to reduce air pollution to help people with asthma, and the price of cars goes up. Laws prevent factories from polluting to save fisheries, and goods cost more. But that kind of tradeoff clearly has limits.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject To America’s Scariest Surveillance Company

How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject To America’s Scariest Surveillance Company

Business, Crime, Long Reads

Amazon’s Ring started from humble roots as a smart doorbell company called “DoorBot.” Now it’s surveilling the suburbs and partnering with police. Although there’s no credible evidence that Ring actually deters or reduces crime, claiming that its products achieve these things is essential to its marketing model.

The Case Against Boeing

The Case Against Boeing

Business, Economics, Long Reads

In the wake of the 737 MAX disasters, caused by a software feature, Boeing and regulators initially placed blame on the planes’ pilots. Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to proving that the company put profit over safety.

Jeff Pike, Texas’s Own Tony Soprano

Jeff Pike, Texas’s Own Tony Soprano

Crime, Long Reads

Jeff Pike, the head of the infamous Texas-based Bandidos motorcycle club, went on trial in federal court for racketeering. Prosecutors called him a ruthless killer, the man behind one of the deadliest biker shootouts in American history at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Pike, however, said he was just a good family man.

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Long Reads, Nature

The world has a problem with its oil rigs. There are too many of them. When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business.

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

Business, Long Reads, Tech

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it – thinking less, in particular, about how our purchases reach our homes. This divorce of a product from its voyage to us is perhaps the thing that Amazon has sold us most successfully.

The Music In You

The Music In You

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The more psychologists investigate musicality, the more it seems that nearly all of us are musical experts, in quite a startling sense. You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

Business, Long Reads

My brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying, dildo-packing time inside the online-shipping machine, under conditions that were surprisingly demoralizing and dehumanizing, even to someone who’s spent a lot of time working in warehouses, which I have.

How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

Business, History, Long Reads

The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment. The product ushered women into the workforce, encouraging them to make their own money, better their families, and win accolades and prizes.

What Happened When Tulsa Paid People To Work Remotely

What Happened When Tulsa Paid People To Work Remotely

Business, Long Reads

Traditionally, cities looking to spur their economies may offer incentives to attract businesses. Tulsa is testing out a new premise: Pay people instead. The first class of hand-picked remote workers moved to Tulsa in exchange for $10,000 and a built-in community. The city might just be luring them to stay.

‘Angels’ In Hell: The Culture Of Misogyny Inside Victoria’s Secret

‘Angels’ In Hell: The Culture Of Misogyny Inside Victoria’s Secret

Business, Long Reads

Victoria’s Secret defined femininity for millions of women. But inside the company, two powerful men presided over an entrenched culture of misogyny, bullying and harassment, according to interviews with more than 30 current and former executives, employees, contractors and models, as well as court filings and other documents.

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Business, Economics, Health, Long Reads

Work, in this context, means active, billable labour. But in reality, it rarely stops. It follows us home on our smartphones, tugging at us during an evening out or in the middle of our children’s bedtime routines. It becomes our lives if we are not careful. It becomes us.

Lives Adrift In A Warming World

Lives Adrift In A Warming World

Long Reads, Nature, Photos, World

If the Earth’s average temperature increases 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, humankind will see catastrophic changes. For millions of people, this extreme warming is already reality, in places like Qatar, Colorado and Angola. And Aaliyah, at the age of 9, has become a climate refugee in Newtok, Alaska.

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

Long Reads, Tech

Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time. “I find the real business world to be a lot more difficult than horse racing.”

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
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.

When Does An Accident Become A Crime?

When Does An Accident Become A Crime?

Crime, Long Reads

While driving through a dangerous curve in East Texas, James Fulton crossed into oncoming traffic and killed a young woman. The cops said the crash was an accident. But the Smith County DA saw it differently.

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

Business, Long Reads, Tech

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

The Mob's IT Department

The Mob's IT Department

Crime, Long Reads

How two technology consultants helped drug traffickers hack the Port of Antwerp. A story of two men who became pawns of a violent group through coercion and a series of very bad decisions.

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