The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Eli Hager, Bryan Curtis, Terry DeMio and Dan Horn, Alexander Nazaryan, and Ellie Shechet.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Eli Hager, Bryan Curtis, Terry DeMio and Dan Horn, Alexander Nazaryan, and Ellie Shechet.

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1. From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Eli Hager | The New York Times | September 13, 2017 | 10 minutes (2,522 words)

A feature, produced in collaboration with The Marshall Project, about Harvard University’s eleventh-hour flip-flop on its acceptance of ex-convict Michelle Jones to its doctoral program in history. Jones was set to attend Harvard this fall, but after her acceptance, two professors questioned whether she had adequately portrayed her crime in her application — something that was not required.

2. Deep Six: Jamele Hill and the Fight for the Future of ESPN

Bryan Curtis | The Ringer | September 13, 2017 | 22 minutes (5,600 words)

Bryan Curtis profiles Jamele Hill, the ESPN Sportscenter host under fire on Twitter, and from the White House, for calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist.

3. Seven Days of Heroin

Terry DeMio, Dan Horn | Cincinnati Enquirer | September 10, 2017 | 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Cincinnati Enquirer sends 60 reporters, photographers, and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week at the height of the heroin epidemic in Ohio and Kentucky.

4. Donald Trump Slept Here — And So Did I: A Visit to a Presidential Home in Queens

Alexander Nazaryan | Newsweek | September 8, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,364 words)

We don’t know where the world is headed, but we know where part of its problems began: in the bedroom on the second floor of a Tudor in Queens where Donald Trump was probably conceived. Now an Airbnb, one Newsweek reporter spends the night there to help understand… well, everything.

5. Summer in the Heartsick Mountains

Ellie Shechet | Jezebel | September 14, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,322 words)

This sweet and lyrical read will make you fall in love with fireflies and think much harder about how we are everyday chipping away at the world that made us.