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Our Picks

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our top stories of the week as chosen by the editors at Longreads.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: July 29, 2016
Dorchester County
The shameful history of slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland has caused some locals to resist further public recognition and historical preservation of escaped slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman's work here on the Underground Railroad.
Author: Katie Ryder
Source: Harper's
Published: July 14, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2711 words)
How One Colorado Man Disappeared While Hunting For Hidden Treasure
A man goes missing near Santa Fe, New Mexico after searching for an eccentric arts and antiquities collector's buried treasure.
Published: July 26, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7525 words)
Dark Waters
When people started stealing Oregon sturgeon from government hatcheries, people couldn't figure out why. A native Oregonian uses the theft and her own sexual coming of age story to explore the history, life, conservation and poaching of the sturgeon, North America's largest freshwater fish, and one of the world's most ancient.
Author: Adrian Shirk
Published: Jan. 19, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4303 words)
A Moment Like This Used to Get a Black Man Killed
Obama's Democratic National Convention speech: meditations on a president's grace under pressure, his uniquely American brand of cool, and the pace of progress.
Source: Esquire
Published: July 28, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1951 words)
A Terrifying Journey Through the World's Most Dangerous Jungle

Jason Motlagh joins US-bound migrants as they traverse the guerilla-ruled area around the Colombia-Panama border.

Source: Outside
Published: July 19, 2016
Length: 38 minutes (9688 words)
'How's Amanda?'
A story of a mother and daughter facing heroin addiction.
Author: Eli Saslow
Published: July 23, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5892 words)
The Long, Hot Summer Hillary Became a Politician

A look back at Hillary Clinton's early years in Arkansas, leading education reform.

Source: Politico
Published: July 27, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3212 words)
A Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont
A wealthy Mormon engineer envisions a sustainable, high-tech, high-density community of 20,000 people in rural Vermont.
Published: July 20, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3766 words)
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bod
Influenced by media, Canadians, like Americans, suffer from unrealistic standards of beauty and conflicted feelings about their naked, natural bodies. One woman in Toronto runs the Body Pride workshops to help reverse that.
Source: Maisonneuve
Published: July 26, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2415 words)
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