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Duet for a Small Porpoise’s Extinction

A personal essay in which Kimi Eisele contemplates coherence, the near extinction of the vaquita, and the expensive bycatch of being human.

The Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers

“That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!”

An American Surfer Goes Rogue To Claim The Baltic Sea’s “Last Wave”

What a story: A Californian living in Germany discovers a ferry wake you can surf on the Baltic Sea. He was even making a movie about it. The German surfers who’d already surfed that and other Baltic waves were offended by the American’s repackaging of German history. Maybe they were talking about two different kinds of truth.

Reconsidering the Jewish American Princess

A feature in which Jamie Lauren Keiles looks at the cultural history of the Jewish American Princess — and her own history of aspiring to be one.

150 Minutes of Hell

A harrowing and heartbreaking reconstruction of a deadly fire tornado that tore through Redding, California during the Carr Fire earlier this summer. The fire killed eight people and ruined more than 1,000 homes.

Life Lessons From the School of Phish

Jen Doll dives into the world of the band Phish and their followers, known as “phans.” She discovers a hippy-esque subculture of “you do you” people dedicated not only to a band renowned for live jams, but a shared appreciation for uninhibited drug consumption, joyful escapism, and making new Phish-following-friends at every show.

Shot and Forgotten

Every year, around 116,255 people get shot in the U.S. Shootings happen with such frequency that it’s too easy to forget the survivors, who spend their days in wheelchairs, hospital beds, and physical therapy sessions, haunted by past events and their uncertain futures.

Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche

“‘Being a woman in blockchain,’ she says, ‘is like riding a bicycle. Except the bicycle is on fire. And everything is on fire. And you are going to hell.'”

Skiing & Booze: Does Colorado Have A Drinking Problem?

One outdoor enthusiast questions the role alcohol plays in outdoor sports and in her own life, with all its risk-taking and adrenaline highs.

Was Fred Hampton Executed?

From the Nation’s archive, Jeff Gottlieb and Jeff Cohen reported on the civil suit brought forth by survivors of the December 4, 1969 raid of Chicago Black Panther headquarters that left Party chairman Fred Hampton and another party member dead. Local and federal authorities finally agreed to a settlement in November 1982, after a long trial and an appeal.

The Last Curious Man

At GQ, family, friends, and co-workers share their memories of chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died in June, 2018.

Parenthood Lost: How Incarcerated Parents are Losing Their Children Forever

“Mothers and fathers who have a child placed in foster care because they are incarcerated — but who have not been accused of child abuse, neglect, endangerment, or even drug or alcohol use — are more likely to have their parental rights terminated than those who physically or sexually assault their kids, according to a Marshall Project analysis of approximately 3 million child-welfare cases nationally.”

The Two Faces of Lummie Jenkins

Like cowboys in westerns, sheriffs were icons in the 20th century. They were the law. No matter what white residents in Alabaman’s Wilcox County say, so-called good ol’ boy Sherriff Lummie Jenkins used his power to violently suppress black voters and battle the Civil Rights movement. He’s no icon.

Ajji’s Cooking: Preserving an Unsung Cuisine

“It feels so strange, so unnecessarily fanciful to attempt to describe in English something we ate almost all the time.”

The Cities That Amazon HQ2 Left Behind

Was Amazon’s HQ2 search a real contest, or a foregone decision rooted in a polarized economic system that funnels wealth toward a few major cities?

Parks and Wreckage: Meet the Archaeologist Who Brought Down Parks Boss Sue Black

State law protects Arizona’s cultural heritage by requiring surveying on public land where Native American materials are found. That’s why the Arizona State Parks Director asked a staff archaeologist to lie about the contents of one proposed park site.

Extra Life: How I was Saved by Video Games

Scott C. Jones on being repeatedly molested as a child and how video games have helped him to navigate years of living with self-doubt.

Blood Cries Out

On a Missouri farm, two families worked the land side by side, until a murder shattered their American dream.

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

Ivy League schools love stories of underprivileged students overcoming all the odds to make it to the top, so that’s what T.M. Landry fed them — at the expense of the students themselves.

Party Monsters

The era Peak Television has segued directly into the Nadir of Criticism, and it’s not good for anyone.