The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jean Guerrero, Lauren Weber, Doug Bock Clark, Dara Horn, and Dan Nosowitz.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jean Guerrero, Lauren Weber, Doug Bock Clark, Dara Horn, and Dan Nosowitz.

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1. My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are

Jean Guerrero | Wired | October 25, 2018 | 24 minutes (6,154 words)

When Jean Guerrero’s father told her that the CIA was monitoring him, she didn’t dismiss his claims. She investigated his them the way a journalist should, and she began to see our digital world very differently.

2. A Brutal Clock

Lauren Weber | HuffPost | October 26, 2018 | 30 minutes (7,547 words)

On how “fighter parents” like Amber Olsen (parents whose children have rare diseases) are getting scientists and profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies to do research, conduct clinical trials, and develop treatments for life-threatening, yet little-known ailments. How do they do it? With sheer determination and unrelenting superhuman efforts to raise money and awareness for their child’s cause.

3. The Whalers’ Odyssey

Doug Bock Clark | The Atavist | October 31, 2018 | 28 minutes (7,200 words)

A courageous tribe, a colossal foe, and a terrifying ocean voyage.

4. Becoming Anne Frank

Dara Horn | Smithsonian | October 30, 2018 | 14 minutes (3,591 words)

“Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?”

5. CBD is Everywhere. But is it a Scam?

Dan Nosowitz | Vox — The Goods | November 1, 2018 | 19 minutes (4,844 words)

An expose on the $350 million CBD industry pointing to the illegality, lack of regulation, and by and large lack of efficacy of everyone’s new favorite anxiety antidote.