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1. Why the Best War Reporter in a Generation Had to Suddenly Stop

Mark Warren | Esquire | Sept. 14, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,464 words)

After 14 bloody years of covering conflict for The New York Times, C.J. Chivers had established himself as one of the foremost war reporters of his generation. And then he decided to come home.

2. The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic | Sept. 14, 2015 | 75 minutes (18,800 words)

“Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens. Banishment continues long after one’s actual time behind bars has ended, making housing and employment hard to secure. And banishment was not simply a well-intended response to rising crime. It was the method by which we chose to address the problems that preoccupied [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan, problems resulting from ‘three centuries of sometimes unimaginable mistreatment.’”

3. Coming to America and Coming of Age

Jenny Luna and Asthaa Chaturvedi | Wilson Quarterly | Sept. 1, 2015 | 12 minutes (3,000 words)

After escaping gang violence in Honduras and crossing the border as an unaccompanied minor, a 19-year-old must grapple with a new country, high school, and immigration court, all on his own.

4. Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

James Vlahos | The New York Times | Sept. 16, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,303 words)

What happens when you try to program a doll to have a real conversation with a child? A look at the new A.I.-powered Barbie doll hitting the market this Christmas.

5. Whatever Happened to Eddy Crane?

Kate Crane | Ozy | Sept. 13, 2015 | 8 minutes (2,080 words)

A writer quits her job to obsessively investigate a famous Baltimore cold case—the 1987 disappearance of her own father.