The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
Michael Dingman, 28, is seen in a Bradenton residence where he sometimes stays on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, while waiting for his next heroin fix. Dingman injects heroin multiple times per day, getting very ill when he goes for long without it, he says. On this night, he was able to inject shortly after this picture, and said he felt immediate relief from the physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Michael Dingman, 28, is seen in a Bradenton residence where he sometimes stays on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, while waiting for his next heroin fix. Dingman injects heroin multiple times per day, getting very ill when he goes for long without it, he says. On this night, he was able to inject shortly after this picture, and said he felt immediate relief from the physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

 

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1. The Fire Inside

Dan Sullivan | Tampa Bay Times| March 30, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,051 words)

How did a county in Florida find itself in the middle of a heroin epidemic?

2. In a Perpetual Present

Erika Hayasaki | Wired | April 10, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,049 words)

Susie McKinnon has a severely deficient autobiographical memory, which means she can’t remember details about her past—or envision what her future might look like.

3. Secret Rules of the Internet

Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly | The Verge | April 13, 2016 | 39 minutes (9,862 words)

A look behind the scenes of the messy, complicated world of web content moderation—and its effects on free speech online.

4. The Fight for the Future of NPR

Leon Neyfakh | Slate | April 10, 2016 | 17 minutes (4,435 words)

Two decades ago, the median age of NPR’s audience was 45. Today it’s 54. Will the media organization find a way to reach new, younger audiences?

5. Why Are America’s Most Innovative Companies Still Stuck in 1950s Suburbia?

Hunter Oatman-Stanford | Collectors Weekly | April 8, 2016 | 14 minutes (3,729 words)

Why do tech companies keep building suburban corporate campuses that are isolated—by design—from the communities their products are supposed to impact? Oatman-Stanford looks at the history of corporate urban design and the mid-century rise (and continued reign) of the suburban office park.