How social media is fueling gang activity in Chicago.
Thursday, September 19
A voting rights march, from Selma to the statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Wednesday, September 18
Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter who couldn’t catch a break. He owed money to impatient people and needed to start over. Late one night, he came up with a plan.
Hamilton Morris is the science editor for Vice and a contributor to Harper's.
"It's a shame that there isn't more of an interdisciplinary approach to a lot of scientific investigations, because often the result is that misinformation is produced. Again, there's misinformation in journalism and there's misinformation in science. And if you combine the best elements of both of those disciplines you can come a little bit closer to the truth. If you want to understand a drug phenomenon, you're going to need to look at it medically, chemically, anthropologically, you need to talk to people, you need to interview people, you need to look at the drug policy, the chemistry, the history—there's a lot of different factors that need to be examined in order to understand even the most simple, minute drug phenomenon. And if you're approaching something purely as a scientist, as an academic, there are huge limitations as to what you can do."
What a secret audio tape revealed about the murder of mycologist and magic mushroom pioneer Steven Pollock.
The story of 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who took her own life after nude photos of her were circulated at school.
A profile of Elizabeth Gilbert, whose bestselling memoir may have sunk her literary career.
Tuesday, September 17
The Granite Mountain Hotshots, an outfit of professional wildland firefighters, had 20 members. On June 30, 19 of them lost their lives.