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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: Aug. 26, 2016
What It’s Like to Be a Black Cop in Baltimore

"I don’t wanna do this shit no more." An unfiltered account from one of America's most troubled police departments.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug. 26, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2536 words)
The Country Restaurant
The greatest chef you've never heard of harvests most of his own ingredients, cooks with everything from acorns to pine needles to hickory sap, and is booked 10 years in advance. That is, if you believe him.
Published: Aug. 22, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7748 words)
Gender Studies
[Fiction] While traveling to a conference, a recently dumped gender studies professor views herself in the reflection of her airport shuttle driver.
Published: Aug. 22, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4705 words)
Like. Ghost. Flirt: A Journey into the Social Media Lives of Teens
A fascinating deep-dive into the phones, minds and hearts of five of the most mysterious creatures on this planet: teens.
Source: Wired
Published: Aug. 25, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5225 words)
An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth
Seemingly everyone wants to extend their lifespan, but it takes a bold, entrepreneurial scientist to sell you a pill that supposedly can do that for you. He's staked his career on it.
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5458 words)
How Guilty Should I Feel?
As Gawker retires, one of its deputy editors explores her time there, and the complex feelings she has over earning a living in journalism, a job that comes with consequences and can, she says, "sometimes feel a whole lot like tattling." It's fascinating.
Author: Kelly Stout
Source: Gawker
Published: Aug. 22, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2181 words)
Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine

John Herrman meets the social media marketers whose political memes are taking over Facebook.

Author: John Herrman
Published: Aug. 25, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4436 words)
This Is Meant to Hurt You

A beautiful essay by Leah Sottile on love and illness.

Author: Leah Sottile
Source: Moss
Published: Aug. 25, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3774 words)
Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.
Author: Monte Reel
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5342 words)
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