Below, our favorite stories of the week.
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James Risen, Sheri Fink, Matt Apuzzo | New York Times | Oct. 9, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,085 words)
So much for assurances that harsh interrogation techniques used by the United States at Guantanamo Bay and in secret CIA prisons around the world wouldn’t cause lasting harm. New York Times reporters interviewed over 100 former detainees for this article on the never-ending psychological torment many of them live with years later.
Curtis Sittenfeld | The New Yorker | Oct. 12, 2016 | 9 minutes (2,274 words)
A beautiful story about a friendship.
Laura Turner | BuzzFeed | Oct. 12, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,930 words)
The aftermath of a miscarriage, immediate and raw: “It was an animal sadness born of the worst kind of disappointed expectation. The future stretched out before us, one torturous minute at a time. The sadness lived in me as an ache in my stomach, and it’s with me still.”
Kathryn Miles | Pacific Standard | Sept. 21, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,140 words)
Inside the byzantine, secretive, Rube Goldbergian world of food inspection and safety (or, why we still can’t stop bags of baby spinach from making us sick).
Sarah Smarsh | The Guardian | Oct. 13, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,899 words)
Trump supporters are not the caricatures journalists depict — and native Kansan Sarah Smarsh sets out to correct what newsrooms get wrong.