The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editors at Longreads.

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1. Inside the Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns

Jeanne Marie Laskas | GQ | Aug. 30, 2016 | 27 minutes (6,922 words)

A sobering behind-the-scenes look at the antiquated system for tracing gun ownership in America.

2. Framed

Christopher Goffard | Los Angeles Times | Sept. 2, 2016 | 51 minutes (12,956 words)

A six-part series unraveling the story of a suburban PTA mom who was framed for drugs.

3. Edward Snowden’s Long, Strange Journey to Hollywood

Irina Aleksander | New York Times | August 30, 2016 | 32 minutes (8,018 words)

A behind-the-scenes look at how Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” got made.

4. The Ministry of Fun

Jeff Sharlet | Esquire | August 30, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,286 words)

Celebrities, skinny jeans, reality TV ─ Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. has it all, including DJs working the baptism. This is the new breed of Capitalist America’s pastors.

5. A Swarm of Controversy

Hannah Nordhaus | Wired | August 26, 2016 | 17 minutes (4,539 words)

In their struggle for survival against killer mites, bees get an unlikely ally: Monsanto.