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Little Town of Champions

“Running is in my blood,” says Tolo Debele, feeding his 3-month-old boy Dawit in his gated compound in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. “It’s changed everything in my…
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2399 words)

The Facebook of Mormon

APThe woman that he was trying to reach almost never picked up her phone, and she lived more than 50 miles away. Plus, he had to watch his gas mileage. So Brandon Gonzales, a then-20-year-old…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 31, 2014
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4788 words)

Is 'Delightful' the New 'Cool'?

This is one of the first images that appears when you do a Shutterstock search for "delightful." (Shutterstock/Olesia Bilkei)In July 2012, when Marissa Mayer became the new CEO of Yahoo, she told The…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1660 words)

Understanding Syria: From Pre-Civil War to Post-Assad

Free Syrian Army fighters walk along a street in Deir al-Zor that has been scarred by war. (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters) William R. Polk first wrote for The Atlantic during the Eisenhower administration,…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 10, 2013
LENGTH: 37 minutes (9457 words)

The Vigilante of Clallam County

On a morning last fall, Patrick Drum sat quietly in his black and white striped uniform and handcuffs as he awaited his fate. The sleeves of his top were short enough to reveal a tattoo reading “Win…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6163 words)

The Home Remedy for Old Age

It is 1976. Brad Stuart is in his third year of medical school at Stanford, doing his first clinical rotation. He is told to look at an elderly man with advanced lymphoma. The patient is feeble and…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2863 words)

How John Kerry Could End Up Outdoing Hillary Clinton

When John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in February, Clinton’s emotional departure from the State Department received blanket media coverage. Kerry’s arrival received next to…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2013
LENGTH: 37 minutes (9479 words)

The Quest to End the Flu

On April 28, 2009, a box containing a newly isolated virus showed up at Doris Bucher’s lab. She and her colleagues at New York Medical College opened it up right away. Thousands, or perhaps millions,…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3448 words)

They're Watching You at Work

In 2003, thanks to Michael Lewis and his best seller Moneyball, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, became a star. The previous year, Beane had turned his back on his scouts and had…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2013
LENGTH: 34 minutes (8610 words)