This week, we’re sharing stories from Lizzie Presser, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, S. Margot Finn, Darcy Frey, and Logan Hill.
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1. Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.
Lizzie Presser | ProPublica | July 15, 2019 | 30 minutes (7,602 words)
A deeply upsetting object lesson in how the arcane details of inheritance and property law are used to strip black Americans of their land.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty | The Atlantic | July 15, 2019 | 31 minutes (7,862 words)
“This heffer is trippin… She was clean and smellin good, ain’t no way that shit happened like she said.” Defense witness trying to discredit a rape victim? No, a detective’s notes on a 14-year-old sexual assault victim.
S. Margot Finn | The Breakthrough Institute | July 16, 2019 | 19 minutes (4,985 words)
Does helping poor urban families access fresh vegetables reduce health disparities? Probably not, but universal health care sure would.
Darcy Frey | Topic | July 15, 2019 | 36 minutes (9,120 words)
For the “Journeys” issue of Topic, Anna Holmes shares a reprint of a 1996 New York Times Magazine piece by Darcy Frey originally titled, “Something’s Got to Give.” The piece is a wild, frenetic look at the fragile fraternity of air traffic controllers minding the busiest airspace in the United States. “Every hour around here is 59 minutes of boredom and 1 of sheer terror.”
Logan Hill | The Washington Post Magazine | July 15, 2019 | 25 minutes (6,268 words)
“What it’s like to go viral as one of the Internet’s biggest memes — and the moral complications of laughing along.”