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1. A Marine’s Convictions

John Woodrow Cox | Washington Post | March 16, 2016 | 31 minutes (7,949 words)

A Naval Academy teacher fights to prove he’s innocent of sexual misconduct. Then a lost cell phone is found.

2. A Sinking Jail

Raven Rakia | Grist | March 15, 2016 | 22 minutes (5,672 words)

An account of the environmental disaster that is Rikers Island, where flooding, extreme heat, and air pollution put staff and detainees in danger.

3. A Journey to the Medical Netherworld

Alison Motluk | Hazlitt | March 14, 2016 | 36 minutes (9,127 words)

Motluk recounts her quest to find a diagnosis for her daughter’s mysterious illness.

4. The Art of the Smear

Dune Lawrence | Bloomberg Businessweek | March 16, 2016 | 18 minutes (4,613 words)

A journalist discovers that a financier has launched a smear campaign against her after she publishes a few articles looking into his business practices.

5. Behind Every Great Chef Is a Great Partner

Joy Manning | Eater | March 9, 2016 | 19 minutes (4,912 words)

We are deep in the era of the celebrity chef, but many successful restaurant groups have not one mastermind but two—the star chef, and a co-creator just as important to the business’ success but with a far lower profile.