How Google’s Bad Data Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map

The renaming of Buffalo, New York’s Fruit Belt neighborhood reveals as much about gentrification as it does the flawed ways tech companies add locations to their maps.

Source: Medium
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,499 words)

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

“What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of “race suicide” during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,686 words)

A World Built on Sand and Oil

“The inexorable proliferation of oil and sand on the global circuits of trade tells us about the shape-shifting ways of production, colonial forms of exploitation, and our reckless wrecking of the global environmental commons.”

Published: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,410 words)

Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started

“I call it my asymptote of success,” she tells me, while I wonder what such a word could possibly mean. “An asymptote,” she explains as if she were the coolest college professor ever, “is a curve that comes close to the line. It’s infinitesimally close but never actually crosses the line. That’s sometimes how I feel my life has gone—that I come incredibly close to these things, but that barrier has yet to be crossed. I have understood for a long time that my trajectory was always going to be asymptotic, but my mission is to break the plane.”

Source: Marie Claire
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

The Coffin Business Is Booming in Central America Due to Gang Violence

How the Pacheco family business pivoted from bread baking to burying bodies in El Salvador, which has the highest murder rate per capita on the planet, “enough for the World Health Organization to classify it as an epidemic.”

Published: Mar 6, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,774 words)

Fearing for His Life

Ramsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner. The video traveled far, but it wouldn’t get justice for his dead friend. Instead, the NYPD would exact their revenge through targeted harassment and eventually imprisonment — Orta’s punishment for daring to show the world police brutality.

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,500 words)

The Lost City of Aguachile

“Aguachile” literally means “chile water.” Where did the shrimp in this ever-more-popular dish from Mexico’s Sinaloa state come from, and what happened to the original Sinaloan aguachile?

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,641 words)

How Rats Became an Inescapable Part of City Living

Where there are people, there are rats: they’re smart, hardy, and empathetic, and we can’t really complain about them when it’s our trash that feeds them.

Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,754 words)

Everything is Fine

A personal essay in which Sara Fredman thinks about the voices in her life, as she raises young children and reckons with her fading father.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,523 words)

The Great Star Wars Heist

In 2017, the theft of a rare toy, a Boba “Rocket” Fett prototype that was never released for sale, rocked the Star Wars collecting community.

Published: Mar 7, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,356 words)