The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, Cincinnati magazine, The New Yorker, 5280 Magazine, Orion, and the Washingtonian.

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.

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1. This Is How We Lose Them

Linda Vaccariello | Cincinnati Magazine | April 1, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,550 words)

What can be done about Cincinnati’s woeful infant mortality rate?


2. The Nerd Hunter

Stephen Rodrick | The New Yorker | March 31, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,490 words)

How “Freaks and Geeks” casting director Allison Jones is reshaping American comedy, one outsider at a time.


3. No Man’s Land

Chris Outcalt | 5280 Magazine | April 1, 2015 | 35 minutes (8,865 words)

A story about our broken immigration system. Conflicting state and federal laws have prevented José Espino-Paez—and thousands like him—from becoming legal residents.


4. Defending Darwin

James Krupa | Orion Magazine | April 1, 2015 | 15 minutes (3,791 words)

What it’s like to teach evolution at the University of Kentucky.


5. The Troubled, Tormented, Surprisingly Lucky Life of Michael Graham

Alan Siegel | Washingtonian | March 30, 2015 | 16 minutes (4,043 words)

A former Georgetown basketball star’s life took a troubled turn. Then he stopped at a gas station to buy a lottery ticket.