The Last Resort

Private clinics in Germany sell cancer patients hope — and mixed results — at exorbitant prices.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 22, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,754 words)

Here’s What Really Happens to Your Used Clothes

When used clothes at outlets like Goodwill don’t sell in the US, Mexican citizens buy them discount to sell in Mexico. The brisk resale trade embodies the porous nature of border culture and economics, and it offers a wise use of otherwise wasted resources. So why is it illegal?

Author: Eileen Guo
Source: Racked
Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,320 words)

To Catch a Predator

The New York City Police Department’s Special Victims Division attempted to bust Harvey Weinstein in 2015, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office put a stop to the case.

Published: Mar 16, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,662 words)

The Quest to Save Stephen Hawking’s Voice

The story of how engineers spent years trying to build software for Stephen Hawking that would preserve his distinctive robotic voice — based off of technology from 1986.

Published: Mar 18, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

What Is My Dog?

Kelly Conaboy DNA-tests her rescue dog, Peter Parker in a bid to silence a know-it-all, loudmouth schnook at the dog park who thinks he can deduce Peter’s canine heritage at a glance. In Peter’s results, Conaboy gets a pleasant surprise.

Source: The Outline
Published: Mar 20, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,081 words)

Reasons to Believe

One reason to believe that UFOs exist is terrifying enough, but these thirteen reasons make too strong a case to ignore.

Published: Mar 20, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,210 words)

Welcome to the Center of the Universe

For the men and women who use the Deep Space Network to talk to the heavens, failure is not an option.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 15, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,546 words)

The Jumpsuit That Will Replace All Clothes Forever

Heather Radke writes about JUMPSUIT, a political art project by The Rational Dress Society’s Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Maura Brewer. Glaum-Lathbury and Brewer aim to call attention to the ills of late capitalism — and to “make America rational again” — by manufacturing non-gendered, nearly shapeless jumpsuits, and encouraging people to wear them to the exclusion of all other fashion choices. Radke spends three weeks in one, and finds a surprising freedom in this particular fashion — or, anti-fashion — dictum.

Published: Mar 21, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,543 words)

Midwestern Gothic

When the author’s high school friend supposedly dies from accidental drowning, he doubts the official story, but his academic mind soon leads him down a dark path, and through an examination of conspiratorial thought itself.

Source: The Believer
Published: Feb 8, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,037 words)

Seeking a Roadmap for the New American Middle Class

Could Starbucks be the new GM? Or could the American worker make it even better?

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 21, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,950 words)