How a Tax Haven is Leading the Race to Privatize Space

Luxembourg is a small but savvy nation. With few natural resources — besides a long line of grand dukes, a legacy of skirting tax loopholes, and a valuable national sovereignty — the country has looked to the stars for its next big venture: asteroid mining. The only problem? The 1967 Outer Space Treat explicitly prohibits countries from claiming ownership of any object in space, including asteroids.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 15, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,300 words)

The First Social Media Suicide

Alienated and traumatized in a vacuous Paris suburb, 18-year-old Océane saw the world as devoid of intimacy and compassion, a world further cooled by social media, yet she broadcast her own death. Why? What was she trying to teach us about the suffering of others?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 29, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,229 words)

The Princess Myth

“Royal time should move slowly and by its own laws: creeping, like the flow of chrism from a jar.” On the 20th anniversary of her death, Hilary Mantel performs a remarkable post-mortem on Diana, Princess of Wales.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 26, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

Why We Fell for Clean Eating

On the rise of orthorexia — “an obsession with consuming only foods that are pure and perfect” — and the burgeoning industry that feeds it.

Author: Bee Wilson
Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 11, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,947 words)

Unlearning the Myth of American Innocence

When she was 30, left the U.S. for Istanbul — and began to realize that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 8, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,124 words)

The Town Where Everyone Owns a Gun

After the mine closed nearby, and the residents started to move out of Nucla, Colorado, the town passed an ordinance that every household in the municipality was required to own a gun. But as the residents see it, their main enemy is Telluride, the liberal city next door.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 14, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

The Great Self-Esteem Con

By now, the idea that positive self-esteem is necessary for success is more or less taken for granted. But what if it’s all based on very shaky, smartly packaged science?

Author: Will Storr
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 3, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,612 words)

On the Frontline With Karachi’s Ambulance Drivers

Muhammad Safdar is an ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan, where religious violence, workplace disasters, and multiple explosions indicate just another day on the job. The Edhi Foundation’s ambulance service refuses state funding and donations from businesses they deem unethical. The service is funded largely by donations from “the common man.” Standard work shifts run between 18 and 36 hours and drivers earn about $1.30 US per day.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,763 words)

How Rich Hippies and Developers Went to War over Instagram’s Favorite Beach

Tulum was once a sleepy Mexican town where Mayan ruins overlooked white-sand beaches. But in the last decade, developers, hippies, and the social media set took advantaged of affordable real estate to transform Tulum into a destination for lifestyle tourists. But last summer, the price for that affordable real estate became clear as the government began to evict longtime residents and business owners..

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Operation London Bridge: The Secret Plan for the Days After the Queen’s Death

There’s plenty the British don’t speak of. But the death of the 90-year-old Queen might be one of the least spoken about—and best planned for—inevitabilities faced by an entire nation. Sam Knight delivers a minute-by-minute account of what could happen when Elizabeth II, who has outlasted twelve U.S. presidents, dies within the walls of Buckingham Palace. Code word: “London Bridge is down.”

Author: Sam Knight
Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)