Saturday, December 6


Time and Distance Overcome

Telephone poles began to appear around the same time that white Americans started lynching black Americans.


Good Kids, Bad City

Three men are exonerated, almost 40 years after a 12-year-old’s coerced testimony led to their murder convictions.

Friday, December 5


How an eBay Bookseller Defeated a Publishing Giant at the Supreme Court

What the first-sale doctrine means for the future of copyright.


Digital Darkness: When We Can’t Turn Away From Death Online

The author’s long-running relationship with the grotesque.


A Rape on Campus

A brutal assault and the struggle for justice at the University of Virginia.

Note 12/5/14: Rolling Stone has stated that they now doubt details of the facts reported in "A Rape on Campus."

More information is available in T. Rees Shapiro's "U-Va. Fraternity to Rebut Claims of Gang Rape in Rolling Stone" from The Washington Post.


Their Town

On the border of Utah and Arizona, Mormon fundamentalists have long lived according to their own rules. When a former sect member and his family moved to the town where he’d grown up, they expected a homecoming. What they got was a war.


My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.

75 years ago, Marguerite Perey unearthed an element while working as a technician in Marie Curie’s lab. Her achievement came at a great cost.

Thursday, December 4


How a Woman’s Rape at a Gay Nude Bar Sparked a Battle Over New Orleans’ Libertine Soul

In the gentrifying Bywater, the intertwined destinies of a legendary gay pool-bar and a woman who was drugged there.


Tilda Swinton Is in a World of Her Own

On the actress’s stellar year.



On the 1934 lynching of Claude Neal, and the Florida town that kept the identity of those responsible a secret.

Wednesday, December 3


The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.