Disenfranchised
Inside the increasingly difficult business of running your own franchise—margins get tighter, and vendors assert even more control.
Author: Timothy Noah
Published: July 31, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1666 words)
When the Bough Breaks
"Nichols steeled herself for the work that lay ahead, reminding herself, as she had so many times before, You wanted this job." A profile of Sergeant Brenda Nichols, a former head of the Dallas Police Department’s Child Abuse Squad. The story goes deep on one of the hundreds of child abuse cases Nichols has investigated.
Source: D Magazine
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 38 minutes (9658 words)
Ghosts in Sunlight

"The artist’s memory is a dangerous, necessary thing." Als's commencement speech at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Author: Hilton Als
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 9 minutes (2304 words)
The Transgender Crucible
The story of how CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman who endured homelessness and other hardships as a teen, galvanized the trans and queer community and became a hero after defending herself in an attack.
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 26 minutes (6625 words)
The Skies Belong to Us: How Hijackers Created an Airline Crisis in the 1970s

How the FAA tried and failed to prevent a string of violent skyjackings—an excerpt from Koerner's book.

Source: Longreads
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6186 words)
The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People
The reporter speaks with people living in shelters—many of which have mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—about their experiences with participating in pharmaceutical studies for money.
Author: Carl Elliott
Source: Medium
Published: July 28, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6460 words)
The Unforgotten
A cadre of college students are working to identify the bodies of illegal migrants who die along the U.S.-Mexico border: "The college students paid for the trip to Falfurrias, in exchange for college credit. They say they aren’t here to take a stand on either side of the fierce divide over illegal migration; they are here in the name of simple humanity."
Source: Boston Globe
Published: July 27, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6460 words)
The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia
"Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America." A look back at how it all happened, with help from companies like Pepsi, IBM, Sears and General Motors.
Author: Matt Novak
Source: Gizmodo
Published: July 28, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5599 words)
The New Face of Richard Norris
Richard Norris became disfigured after he accidentally shot himself in the face when he was 22. He successfully received a full face transplant with the help of Eduardo Rodriguez, a Baltimore reconstructive facial surgeon, but life after the surgery has brought up some unexpected burdens.
Source: GQ
Published: July 28, 2014
Length: 34 minutes (8518 words)
Finding the Words
The poet Edward Hirsch confronts the loss of his son, who died at 22, by writing an elegy: "'I decided that what I wrote wasn’t going to be just about Gabriel, it also had to be about losing Gabriel,' he said."
Published: July 28, 2014
Length: 31 minutes (7884 words)
How Times Square Works
When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine stories above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it…
Source: gizmodo.com
Published: July 31, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3393 words)
Submitted by:
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The Transgender Crucible
CeCe McDonald became a transgender folk hero after she was charged with murder for defending herself. Alec Soth/Magnum A dozen eggs, bacon, maybe some biscuits: CeCe McDonald had a modest shopping…
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 4 minutes (1153 words)
Submitted by:
@RollingStone 16 hours, 7 minutes ago
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This Man Is Doing What No Doctor in Mississippi Has the Courage to Do
In light of Tuesday's court ruling against a Mississippi law that would close the last abortion clinic in the state, we are releasing a profile a doctor who works there from our next issue, which has…
Length: 31 minutes (7873 words)
Submitted by:
@clairesgould 14 hours, 2 minutes ago
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Conquistadors: On the End of Oakland
 By Kaya Oakes  Luis Maria Peralta arrived in Alta California as a member of the Spanish-lead de Anza expedition in 1776. After pursuing a group of Native Americans through the San Joaquin…
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2757 words)
Submitted by:
@kayaoakes 1 day, 6 hours ago
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Why Money and Inexperience Are Escalating Sexism at Startups
It’s a story we’ve come to know well: A freewheeling, young startup founder captures the zeitgeist with a smart idea and attracts investors who are willing to stake him with millions of…
Source: on.mash.to
Published: July 29, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1808 words)
Submitted by:
@luizsemine 1 day, 10 hours ago
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The Skies Belong to Us: How Hijackers Created an Airline Crisis in the 1970s
Brendan I. Koerner | The Skies Belong to Us | 2013 | 25 minutes (6,186 words) ‘There Is No Way to Tell a Hijacker by Looking At Him’ When the FAA’s antihijacking task force first…
Published: July 30, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6270 words)
Submitted by:
@Longreads 12 hours, 1 minute ago
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Near US-Mexico border, working to identify immigrants buried in unmarked graves
FALFURRIAS, Texas The forensic teams hacked at the unmarked graves until the shovels broke, until sweat soaked their T-shirts and clouds of brown dust choked the air. They kept their eyes on the…
Published: July 26, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5712 words)
Submitted by:
@LyraMcKee 2 days, 12 hours ago
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When the Bough Breaks
Sergeant Brenda Nichols had already worked 14 hours, investigated the death of one baby, juggled three priority cases, and reviewed dozens of others. She had been home a half hour when her phone rang…
Length: 38 minutes (9639 words)
Submitted by:
@Longreads 15 hours, 25 minutes ago
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The 10 Worst New Yorker #Longreads
The New Yorker, a magazine, has just opened its Internet "archives" (dating back to 2007) as a readers' jubilee in advance of its upcoming move to the world of paywalled journalism, three months…
Source: gawker.com
Published: July 24, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1780 words)
Submitted by:
@ariellekane 1 week ago
8 SAVEs
This Man Is Doing What No Doctor in Mississippi Has the Courage to Do
In light of Tuesday's court ruling against a Mississippi law that would close the last abortion clinic in the state, we are releasing a profile a doctor who works there from our next issue, which has…
Length: 31 minutes (7827 words)
Submitted by:
@e_vb_ 1 day, 10 hours ago
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