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1. Whatsoever Things Are True
Matthew Shaer | The Atavist | Sept. 8, 2015 | 61 minutes (15,311 words)
A Chicago man is convicted and sentenced to death for a double murder that occurred in 1982. Years later, a journalism school teacher and his students work to free him, and in 1999 another man confesses to the crime, but later recants. Shaer walks us through a very complex story of how a broken system failed for decades to render justice in a 33-year-old crime.
Spencer Hall | Every Day Should Be Saturday | Sept. 8, 2015 | 13 minutes (3,403 words)
Hall writes about his experience with growing up in a family that always seemed to be on the edge of financial disaster, and weaves in the experiences of college football players, who often come from poverty and don’t earn a living wage despite making millions for college athletic programs.
3. Slipping Away
Shannon Proudfoot | MacLean’s | Sept. 6, 2015 | 33 minutes (8,361 words)
Jo Aubin is 38 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Spygate to Deflategate: What Split the NFL and Patriots Apart
Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. | ESPN | Sept. 8, 2015 | 46 minutes (11,566 words)
An in-depth investigation into the “Spygate” cheating allegations against the New England Patriots, and an alleged cover-up by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to keep many more cheating accusations from going public.
5. Why I Put My Wife’s Career First
Andrew Moravcsik | The Atlantic | Sept. 10, 2015 | 10 minutes (2,705 words)
Moravcsik, who is married to Anne-Marie Slaughter, writes about the challenges and benefits of being the “lead parent” for their two sons.