Editors’ Picks


Survivors of an International Buddhist Cult Share Their Stories

Matthew Remski investigates decades of abuse at Shambhala International.

The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning

“Has a desire to keep the coronavirus out of schools put children’s long-term well-being at stake?”

Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?

Two students from China, studying at the University of Michigan, travel to Florida during their winter break and find themselves in trouble after entering the Naval Air Station Key West, a major U.S. military facility.




“To women in search of love, Shaun Rootenberg seemed like a catch. What they didn’t know: he’d spent decades stealing from just about anyone who crossed his path. Lonely women on dating sites were only his latest prey.”

How to Vaccinate a Planet

“By mid-August, preorders of COVID-19 vaccine candidates were reportedly stretching toward 6 billion doses, almost all of them claimed by wealthy nations. None of these vaccines has yet been proven to work.”

My Week Shadowing a Tornado Hunter in Oklahoma

Storm chasing tours are more popular than ever — Linda Logan sets out to find out why — while chasing a tornado.



The Battle Over Dyslexia

A dive into the contentious and messy world of diagnosing dyslexia.

In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings

“The work the artist made near the end of his life changed my understanding of both beauty and suffering.”

Where Camels Take to the Sea

“In Gujarat, India, a special breed of camel is not constrained by land—but it cannot escape the many forces of change.”

Mark in the Middle

“There was no obvious way to placate liberal employees and conservative users at the same time.” Casey Newton reports on the dynamics inside Facebook and shares a series of leaked audio recordings from internal meetings this summer.

The Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote

Across the country, 13,238 Americans were born on September 11, 2001, and — come November — they will get to vote in a presidential election for the first time. For Politico, Garrett M. Graff interviewed these young adults about their views on 9/11, school shootings, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and the political and social landscape in the U.S.

‘Our Foster Child Asked Us to Adopt Him – By Drawing Himself on to a Family Photo’

The story of how, after years of difficulty, George finally found his family.

The Election That Could Break America

“If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him?”

The Slow, Troubling Death of the Autopsy

Doctors make mistakes. The true cause of a person’s death is often complicated and unclear. “Why you should get an autopsy if it’s the last thing you do.”

One Man’s Trash

“Two new books reveal the meaning latent in the junk we collect.”

‘I picked up a drink and casually set fire to my life’: how addiction nearly destroyed me

“Find a job, lose the job, go to jail: Guardian reporter Mario Koran found himself in a dangerous cycle. But behind bars, he discovered a new purpose.”

Inside the Chaos of Immigration Court

Gabriel Thompson takes us into San Francisco Immigration Court and the labyrinthine system that asylum seekers—and attorneys and judges—are up against.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

“Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.”

Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream

“Two years ago, Latria Graham wrote an essay about the challenges of being Black in the outdoors. Countless readers reached out to her, asking for advice on how to stay safe in places where nonwhite people aren’t always welcome. She didn’t write back, because she had no idea what to say. In the aftermath of a revolutionary spring and summer, she responds.”

The Legacy of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde “recognized that there would never be a perfect time to speak up because ‘while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.'”