Editors’ Picks

Picks

The Story of Honoring Negro League History and a Search for Buried Treasure

“But the numbers will never tell the true story of the Negro Leagues. They just won’t. For me, it is about context. I don’t want the legend of these athletes to ever die.”

Seeking Home Aboard the Night Heron

“The pandemic prodded me to fulfill a lifelong dream of living on a boat. I’m learning the ropes surrounded by the birds of my North Carolina childhood.”

She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away

“At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon. Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.”

Inside the Mind of a Murderer: The Power and Limits of Forensic Psychiatry

“At the core of most motives for violence are assumptions about the intentions of others. Seb believed that a sinister collective was intent on keeping his mother hidden against her will.”

 

The Anxiety of Influencers

Educating the TikTok generation.

The Water in May

“Through the glass looking onto the tarmac, we watched the coffin being raised towards the cargo hold of the parked plane. It was inside a shipping container, wrapped thoroughly. It might not have been obvious that it was a coffin.”

Airbnb Is Spending Millions of Dollars to Make Nightmares Go Away

“When things go horribly wrong during a stay, the company’s secretive safety team jumps in to soothe guests and hosts, help families—and prevent PR disasters.”

Familiar strangers: A talk with co-author of “Mango and Peppercorns” about growing up Vietnamese-American, mothers, and food

“Last year during the pandemic, my mom and I exchanged stories about life in quarantine. I expressed how it was difficult living alone and not being able to speak to a human face-to-face. My mom had a different outlook. When Saigon fell, her family didn’t leave the house for a couple weeks while they waited for the chaos to settle. Quarantine reminded my mom of those times. In her eyes, the pandemic was easy. She no longer had to commute to work, had a roof over her head, and meals to eat at home.”

Kip Kinkel Is Ready to Talk

“At 15, he shot and killed his parents, two classmates at his school, and wounded 25 others. He’s been used as the reason to lock kids up for life ever since.”

The Amazon That Customers Don’t See

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers churn through a vast mechanism that hires and monitors, disciplines and fires. Amid the pandemic, the already strained system lurched.”

Critical Race Theory Battle Invades School Boards—With Help From Conservative Groups

“In towns nationwide, well-connected conservative activists, and Fox News, have ramped up the tension in fights over race and equity in schools.”

Lost Children

“The threat of death was part of life at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. So why is it so hard to determine how many children died there?”

Alan Turing’s Biggest Fan Remains the Real Enigma

What was behind one Colorado woman’s obsession with the code breaker? Derangement? A kind of fetish? Or something else?

The Bison and the Blackfeet

“The species biologists call Bison bison is known in the Blackfoot language as iinnii, in Arapaho as bii or heneecee, and in any Indigenous plains language as a synonym for life itself.”

The State of Ohio vs. a Sex-Trafficked Teenager

“The criminal justice system mishandled 15-year-old Alexis Martin’s case. Now she’s living with the consequences.”

Benji Is One Down Dog

The blue heeler “is one of the most famous canines in America, but he hasn’t let it go to his sweet, soft little head.”

If We Can Soar: What Birmingham Roller Pigeons Offer the Men of South Central

“But there’s a deeper story behind what the birds offered them then and still offer today, with men entering their fifth and sixth decade raising Birmingham Rollers. A why shaped by race, place, and gender. A why that traces the plight of Black men in the U.S., landing us squarely in the prevailing systems of inequality that still exist today.”

Love and the Burning West

“She nearly died while fighting a fire. All she could think about was the tragedy of dying while still a virgin.”

‘The Foot Soldiers’: A Neo-Nazi Skinhead Gang Terrorized Dallas in the Late 1980s

“The racist white nationalist movement has deep roots. Some run directly back to Dallas and the violent Confederate Hammerskins.”

Pecos Jane Has a Name

“… it was left to some still-unknown tipster with an apparent interest in obscure cold cases to reignite the search for Pecos Jane’s identity. Were it not for “Jacy J,” the mystery might never have been solved.”