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The Most Nerve-Wracking Birth Story You'll Read

Denver was buried by a blizzard, and the snow whipped up into my face as I walked against the wind outside the hotel across from the hospital. It was nine at night; my wife was three months pregnant…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3475 words)

As Americans age, families are critical to nation’s health-care system

Barbara Tucker Parker gives her mother, Dorothy Tucker, a bath at her home in University Park, Md. Written by Tara Bahrampour Nikki Kahn
PUBLISHED: March 5, 2014
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1246 words)

Sochi 2014: An Olympic Disaster?

“Stalin wouldn’t have let this event happen,” said our guide at the Soviet dictator's old dacha near Sochi, “because it’s just ruining the city.” In 2010,…
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6860 words)

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As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow—First Chill—Then Stupor—Then the Letting Go

Even today, scientists can't predict who hypothermia will strike down and who it will spare. Photo: Zastol`skiy Victor Leonidovich/Shutterstock
PUBLISHED: May 2, 2004
LENGTH: 2 minutes (514 words)

Confessions of an American Drone Operator

From the darkness of a box in the Nevada desert, he watched as three men trudged down a dirt road in Afghanistan. The box was kept cold—precisely sixty-eight degrees—and the only light…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1193 words)

Down and Out in Purgatory

1. In 1982 I was 16 and destroying my life. Or my life was falling apart, depending on how you portion out the responsibility. Me and my dysfunction didn’t just hang out at home…
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7766 words)

They’re Taking Over!

Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean by Lisa-ann Gershwin, with a foreword by Sylvia Earle University of Chicago Press, 424 pp., $27.50            …
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3806 words)


We drove to the orphanage on a pleasant December morning, under a sky that seemed too blue. It was a short ride through a residential neighbourhood of Bucharest, littered with posters of…
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6460 words)