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The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion

Across the U.S., laws have forced abortion providers to close. Now, four decades after the Supreme Court upheld a woman's right to choose, pregnant women again find themselves crossing the border to…
PUBLISHED: April 3, 2014
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3009 words)

A Valuable Reputation

In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 10, 2014
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1004 words)

State of Deception

On March 12, 2013, James R. Clapper appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss the threats facing America. Clapper, who is seventy-two, is a retired Air Force general and…
AUTHOR:Ryan Lizza
PUBLISHED: Dec. 16, 2013
LENGTH: 47 minutes (11960 words)

The Big Sleep

One evening in late May, four senior employees of Merck, the pharmaceutical company, sat in the bar of a Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland, wearing metal lapel pins stamped with the word “TEAM.”…
AUTHOR:Ian Parker
PUBLISHED: Dec. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 42 minutes (10575 words)

The Big Sleep

One evening in late May, four senior employees of Merck, the pharmaceutical company, sat in the bar of a Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland, wearing metal lapel pins stamped with the word “TEAM.”…
AUTHOR:Ian Parker
PUBLISHED: Dec. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (979 words)

Riders on the Storm

Chapter 5 TODAY, A PSYCHIATRY WARD doesn’t look like a scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or even Girl, Interrupted. At a glance, it resembles any other hospital wing. But a…
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2807 words)

Drowning Kiribati

Photograph by Claire Martin for Bloomberg Businessweek The spruce man with the trim mustache and the grim-faced bodyguard is dozing in his seat. A flight attendant leaves him a hot towel, and then…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6974 words)

Buzzkill

One morning in August, Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at U.C.L.A., addressed the Seattle city council on the subject of marijuana. Kleiman is one of the country’s most prominent and…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 37 minutes (9289 words)

The People's Court?

Detroit's 36th District Court The first time I went to Detroit’s 36th District Court, I didn’t know the drill. Most people don’t know the drill the first time they go. A lawyer…
AUTHOR:Kat Aaron
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6255 words)