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After a Malaysian plane is shot down in Ukraine, grief and outrage ripple worldwide

This story was written by Marc Fisher and reported by Michael Birnbaum, Annie Gowen, Todd C. Frankel, Karen DeYoung, Karoun Demirjian and A. Odysseus Patrick. As families began to mourn, world…
PUBLISHED: July 24, 2014
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4535 words)

They want a baby. The economy won’t play along.

Melissa Myrick is photographed at her home in Fenton, Mo., on July 11, 2014. The Myrick couple’s dream for having a baby is being deferred by the economy, first by their loss of jobs and later, the…
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2014
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2197 words)

Zombies lurk at the end of a gravel road in Virginia. And they must die.

With their .45 and 9mm handguns cocked and ready, two PBS engineers turned zombie hunters crept through a door in the Shenandoah Valley and into madness. A dozen bloody and undead faces stared back.…
PUBLISHED: July 5, 2014
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1324 words)

Is Bill Clinton running for first gentleman? No? Well, it doesn’t hurt to speculate.

The candidate hasn’t made it official yet, but signs are emerging. Read the tea leaves, people. It is time to declare that a Clinton is running for the White House. Again. This time, for First…
PUBLISHED: July 2, 2014
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1347 words)

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the years, but Kurt Vonnegut—dear, funny,…
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7518 words)

My sister Esther inspired ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ The movie is her sequel.

Evangeline Earl is a student at Green Mountain College and a volunteer with her family’s foundation, This Star Won’t Go Out, which provides financial support to the families of children with cancer.…
PUBLISHED: June 12, 2014
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1513 words)

For family of Martin Richard, loss and love a year after the Marathon bombings

He was weary and hoarse, the ringing in his ears hard to bear. When he stood at the head of his dining room table to introduce himself, he looked at his carefully chosen guests and faltered for a…
AUTHOR:David Abel
PUBLISHED: April 12, 2014
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7313 words)

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review…
PUBLISHED: March 18, 2014
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1585 words)