The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jennifer Gonnerman, Evan Allen, Britni de la Cretaz, Jen Banbury, and Gordon Edgar.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jennifer Gonnerman, Evan Allen, Britni de la Cretaz, Jen Banbury, and Gordon Edgar.

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1. How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration

Jennifer Gonnerman | The New Yorker | May 28, 2018 | 30 minutes (7,630 words)

On Chicago’s Southside, Clarissa Glenn worked for ten years to get her husband out of prison after crooked cops planted evidence on him. Her efforts ended up overturning thirty-two other convictions.

2. The Face in the Waves

Evan Allen | Boston Globe | May 31, 2018 | 21 minutes (5,458 words)

“Jaimee was beloved. Jaimee was struggling. And then Jaimee was gone.”

3. The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”

Britni de la Cretaz | Narratively | May 30, 2018 | 14 minutes (3,542 words)

“The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.”

4. The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver

Jen Banbury | Atlas Obscura | May 9, 2018 | 19 minutes (4,916 words)

“One of the world’s most hazardous jobs is known for its intense pressure.”

5. Why Everyone Loves Macaroni and Cheese

Gordon Edgar | Zocalo Public Square | May 24, 2018 | 6 minutes (1,657 words)

A veteran cheesemonger reflects on the most American of comfort-food staples.

Notable: Blood Will Tell, Part Two

Pamela Colloff | ProPublica | May 31, 2018 | 45 minutes (11,369 words)

The conclusion to Pamela Colloff’s intensive investigation into the murder conviction of Joe Bryan and the flawed forensic “science” — blood spatter analysis — on which it rests.