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Nikole Hannah-Jones | ProPublica | July 8, 2014 | 27 minutes (6,891 words) words)
“Freedom Summer baptized Mississippi as part of the nation,” Moses said. “It was no longer a rule unto itself.” On Mississippi, race and civil rights—then and now.
John H. Richardson | Esquire | July 8, 2014 | 33 minutes (6,891 words) words)
What happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall.
Alex Halberstadt | The New York Times | July 9, 2014 | 27 minutes (6,821 words)
Halberstadt meets Dr. Vint Virga and explores the scientific research into the feelings of animals. “He has treated severely depressed snow leopards, brown bears with obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic zebras. ‘Scientists often say that we don’t know what animals feel because they can’t speak to us and can’t report their inner states,’ Virga told me. ‘But the thing is, they are reporting their inner states. We’re just not listening.'”
Flinder Boyd | Fox Sports | June 30, 2014 | 15 minutes (3,963 words)
How a promising basketball star ended up facing drug and murder charges.
Rosecrans Baldwin | Oxford American | June 11, 2014 | 39 minutes (9,820 words)
“It might have been the Friendliest Place on Earth.” The writer visits a national Jamboree for the Boy Scouts of America.
Photo: Edmund Fountain/ProPublica