The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine Staff, Melissa del Bosque, Nitasha Tiku, Sarah Gilman, and Tift Merritt.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine Staff, Melissa del Bosque, Nitasha Tiku, Sarah Gilman, and Tift Merritt.

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1. The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Linda Villarosa, Bryan Stevenson, Matthew Desmond, Staff | The New York Times Magazine | August 14, 2019 | 149 minutes (37,272 words)

With essays, poems, timelines, and photography, the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project commemorates the 400th anniversary of American slavery, retelling the story of America’s origins by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center.”

2. The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants

Melissa del Bosque | ProPublica | August 14, 2019 | 22 minutes (5,636 words)

The story of former Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer Laura Peña — who went to work defending the migrants she used to prosecute — and a family separation case she recently fought in which false “evidence” had been used to detain her client.

3. Three Years Of Misery Inside Google, The Happiest Company In Tech

Nitasha Tiku | Wired | August 13, 2019 | 45 minutes (11,481 words)

“Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.”

4. The Rat Spill

Sarah Gilman | Hakai Magazine | August 13, 2019 | 17 minutes (4,400 words)

“A tiny Alaskan island faces a threat as deadly as an oil spill — rats.”

5. For Women Musicians, Maybelle Carter Set The Standard And Broke The Mold

Tift Merritt | NPR | August 13, 2019 | 7 minutes (1,951 words)

“If Maybelle Carter — mother of country music, without whom country and rock and roll guitar would not exist — can’t make the great guitar player list, how can women musicians expect to be seen at all?”