Friday, May 15


The Ecotourism Industry Is Saving Tanzania’s Animals and Threatening Its Indigenous People

The ramifications of a U.S. company’s tourism operation on former Maasai land.


Thursday, May 14


The Real Teens of Silicon Valley

High school dropouts are descending on San Francisco with nothing more than a backpacks full of clothes and ideas.


The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall

First they found his server, then they found his name. But if they couldn’t catch him with his laptop open, the whole thing would fall apart.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Ghosts & Cyborgs"

Loss and family in an era of police crime and black protests.

"Guilt racked Lois as she downed the last of her coffee. She had promised Jillian she’d go to church with her whenever the verdict came; they were supposed to mourn together. The thing was, even as they were having the conversation, Lois knew she wasn’t going. Something about the thought felt hollow and wrong. How could she embrace people inside the comforts of stained glass when, outside, folks were fighting a foul battle?"


Cruel and Unusual

The events leading up to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

Wednesday, May 13


What Was Gay?

An essay on its history and future during a time when “gayness, we are told, is over.”


The Wasting

A plague leads sea stars to tear off their own arms.

Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast

Longform Podcast #141: Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week.

“I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this idea that if you quit something, if you don’t see something through to completion then you’re a loser, you’re a failure. I just think that’s a crazy way to look at things. But it’s also easy to overlook opportunity costs. Like, what could I be doing instead?”

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My Dad Tried to Kill Me With an Alligator

On being among giant reptiles with a parent you don’t understand.

Tuesday, May 12


The Wedding Sting

A faked marriage between undercover agents leads to the arrest of a dozen drug dealers.