A former colleague visits the ‘Fire Fiend’ in prison.
Tuesday, December 20
Monday, December 19
The search for what makes identical twins different.
Sunday, December 18
Why little has changed in popular American style in the last 20 years.
Why is this happening? In some large measure, I think, it’s an unconscious collective reaction to all the profound nonstop newness we’re experiencing on the tech and geopolitical and economic fronts. People have a limited capacity to embrace flux and strangeness and dissatisfaction, and right now we’re maxed out.
Saturday, December 17
How a Texas woman pushed for autopsy reform.
Clinical autopsies, once commonplace in American hospitals, have become an increasing rarity and are conducted in just 5 percent of hospital deaths. Grief-stricken families like the Carswells desperately want the answers that an autopsy can provide. But they often do not know their rights in dealing with either coroners or medical examiners, who investigate unnatural deaths, or health-care providers, who delve into natural ones.
Friday, December 16
After decades of failed revitalization strategies, a town of 10,000 tries another.