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The Serial Swatter
How internet trolls are using our over-militarized police to harass people, and why it's been difficult to stop.
Author: Jason Fagone
Published: Nov. 26, 2015
Length: 27 minutes (6814 words)
Don't Cry for Tracy Morgan

Michael Paterniti interviews Tracy Morgan. "One time I was walking up the stairs with my son, who was always right there with me... and I almost fell backwards. I was just learning how to walk, and he grabbed me and took me upstairs, and I started crying. He said, 'What’s wrong, Dad?' And I told him, 'I remember when I carried you.' And when my dad was dying of AIDS, I carried him."

Source: GQ
Published: Nov. 26, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3413 words)
Beyond Gun Control

Lois Beckett of ProPublica investigates why a successful program to combat gun violence has gone underfunded and ignored.

Author: Lois Beckett
Source: Pro Publica
Published: Nov. 26, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5546 words)
How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce

Faced with labor protests, Walmart mounted a military-level response and extensively surveilled employees.

Published: Nov. 24, 2015
Bringing Up Genius

With his daughters as the test subjects, Laszlo Polgár set out to prove that genius is made, not born. One daughter became the first woman ever to earn chess's grandmaster title, another the best female chess player of all time.

Author: Paul Voosen
Published: Nov. 8, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4532 words)
The Art of Being Tara Subkoff

Lynn Hirschberg profiles actress, designer, director and "operator" Tara Subkoff, and the results are not pretty.

Source: W
Published: Nov. 24, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2660 words)
The Biblical Rheology of Deep-Dish Pizza
A visit to Illinois—home to snow, slaughterhouse romance, and a fraught geology masquerading as pizza—courtesy of Matthew Gavin Frank’s brilliant new book, The Mad Feast.
Source: Liveright
Published: Nov. 24, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2839 words)
On Pandering

"I wrote Battleborn for white men, toward them. If you hold the book to a certain light, you’ll see it as an exercise in self-hazing, a product of working-class madness, the female strain. So, natural then that Battleborn was well-received by the white male lit establishment: it was written for them." Claire Vaye Watkins, in Tin House.

Source: Tin House
Published: Nov. 23, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5132 words)
Who Gets a Public Defender?

In St. Louis, Missouri—where someone can qualify for food stamps but not a public defender—hundreds of the city's poorest are left without a lawyer.

Author: Steven Hsieh
Published: Nov. 18, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2679 words)
An Ode to du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca,’ by Rachel Pastan

“Sometimes a book that is wonderful and well-told and riveting is overlooked. I believe this is the case with Rachel Pastan’s Alena.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 22, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3709 words)
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