The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, as chosen by the staff at Longreads.

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1. Private Schools, Painful Secrets

Jenn Abelson, Bella English, Jonathan Saltzman, and Todd Wallack | The Boston Globe | May 6, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,188  words)

From the Globe's Spotlight Team: An investigation into the sexual abuse of hundreds of students by private school staffers in New England spanning decades.

2. When Do You Give Up On Treating a Child With Cancer?

Melanie Thernstrom | The New York Times Magazine | May 12, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,862 words)

Two parents prepared for their son to die after he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Then something astonishing happened.

3. Walmart: Thousands of Police Calls. You Paid the Bill.

Zachary T. Sampson, Laura C. Morel, and Eli Murray | Tampa Bay Times | May 11, 2016 | 18 minutes (4,673 words)

"When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers."

4. The Day We Discovered Our Parents Were Russian Spies

Shaun Walker | The Guardian | May 7, 2016 | 23 minutes (5,882 words)

Alex and Tim Foley, whose family's story partly inspired The Americans, grapple with their broken identities and their parents' lifetime of lies.

5. Remote Year Promised to Combine Work and Travel. Was It Too Good to Be True?

Erika Adams | Atlas Obscura | May 5, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,131 words)

A look at the failed promise of travel start-up Remote Year, and its world-traveling inaugural class.