Top Ten

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The Barden family after Newtown.

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Along for the ride with a boatload of refugees risking their lives.

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Heartbreak at the edge of the earth.

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The crumbling of an American icon.

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The story of one of New York City’s 22,000 homeless children.

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The multiple lives of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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How 19 of the 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives.

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How America’s heartland powers its coastal fantasies.

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The murder of magic mushroom pioneer Steven Pollock.

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Most Clicked

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The investigation that brought down K2 Productions.

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The hellacious childhood of two billionaires-to-be.

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He was a villain. She was a victim. It wasn’t that simple.

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The trial of a 10-year-old who murdered his neo-Nazi father.

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Escaping with Kink.com’s Princess Donna Dolore.

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Parsing the lives of middle-class twentysomethings.

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Young love and an apartment filled with heavy weaponry.

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Searching for Dave Chappelle ten years after he left his show.

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Most Entertaining

The secretive British men obsessed with the eggs of rare birds.

A haute couture confession.

Hippie surfers, a Spanish teacher and their weed empire.

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Arts and Culture

Searching for Dave Chappelle ten years after he left his show.

A few days in the life of Miley Cyrus.

A visit to Star Axis, a desert art installation that connects you to the cosmos.

On photographer Garry Winogrand and the unedited archive of more than half a million exposures he left behind.

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Business

How Tim Armstrong bet AOL’s future on his own unprofitable baby, Patch.

How a pair of pharmaceutical companies set their prices.

The capitalist evangelism of Lean In.

A profile of Gina Rinehart, the richest person in Australia.

Ego, hubris, and the failure to adapt.

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Crime

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, can’t stop working on the case.

William Sparkman Jr., a census worker, was found hanging from a tree in rural Kentucky. He was naked, hands bound, with the letters “FED” written across his chest. Inside the investigation into how—and why—he died.

After a botched bank robbery in 1990, Sture Bergwall, aka Thomas Quick, confessed to a string of brutal crimes. He admitted to stabbings, stranglings, incest and cannibalism. He was convicted of eight murders in all, and after the final trial he went silent for nearly a decade. But a few years ago, Bergwall came forward again—there was one more secret he had to tell.

How a killer and his teenage accomplice used listings for “the job of a lifetime” to lure their victims, all down-and-out single men, to the backwoods of Ohio.

The haunted past of Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama neurobiologist who shot six colleagues during a staff meeting.

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Essays

A trip to visit a friend in prison.

In defense of snark.

How a comedy writer making $300,000 a year ended up homeless.

An odyssey through America’s mental health system.

The thin, resentful line between comic and audience.

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Fiction

A series of mysterious, dangerous interactions in a bathhouse.

A series of linked fantasies, veering from the whimsical to the grave.

The appearance of a “mole man” reflects the past and realities of a hardscrabble town.

A party game drives a woman to reflect upon a history of manipulation.

Greek heroes and gods roam suburban America.

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History

How the corpses of Hitler’s victims haunt modern science.

When New Yorkers lived knee-deep in trash.

How the Hollywood publicity racket evolved.

What people have eaten when they’ll never eat again.

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Interviews

The Supreme Court justice on the Devil, among other topics.

Pope Francis introduces himself.

The interview that kicked off the season of Kanye.

How at least one person still makes lots of money off books.

The writer re-emerges after more than a decade.

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Investigative Reporting

Undercover in an industrial slaughterhouse.

How adoptive parents give their problem children away.

Biogenesis and the final fall of Alex Rodriguez.

The plight of temporary workers in America.

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Politics

The use and abuse of civil forfeiture.

The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls U.S. healthcare.

The Vice President, his future, and the jokes.

How Hasidic Jews took over Ramapo, New York.

In Texas, politicians and CEOs are one and the same.

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Science and Technology

The emerging political consciousness of Silicon Valley.

On recreational genetics and the vulnerability of family secrets.

Inside the real program to sabotage Iran’s nuclear facilities.

How the city will drown.

Boomtown San Francisco, as seen from the “Google Bus.”

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Sports

A profile of Jordan at 50.

Bobby Riggs, the mob and “The Battle of the Sexes.”

The life and sudden death of NASCAR’s Dick Trickle.

How sports channels extort cable subscribers.

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War

How the United States came to spend more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined.

Last fall, a team of American Special Forces arrived in Nerkh, a district just west of Kabul. Six months later, amid allegations of torturing and murdering locals, the team was gone. Shortly after they left, the remains of 10 missing villagers were found outside their vacated base. An investigation into a possible war crime.

On decorated sniper Chris Kyle and the troubled young veteran who took his life.

After two tours in Iraq, the writer returns to a volatile region of Afghanistan as an embedded journalist.

As NATO leaves, the Afghan National Army grapples with a resilient Taliban.

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