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What caused the worst shipping disaster in maritime history?

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If you don’t get sick, was it really a vacation?

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The story of an intensely creative young artist.

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“‘When I heard the facts,” says Matt Kull, one of DiPaolo’s former climbing partners, “I thought, That’s what Dave is capable of.’”

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Investigating the murder of a Costa Rican conservationist.

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The author dives to the wreck of the Mohawk, where his uncle died in 1935.

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A profile of Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at the Walk the Plank obstacle during an endurance race last year.

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The Granite Mountain Hotshots, an outfit of professional wildland firefighters, had 20 members. On June 30, 19 of them lost their lives.

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On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

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“Joe’s hand began to tingle, and he called the group together. The toxins would leave his system in 48 hours, he said. He’d be conscious the whole time.”

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Whitewater rafting down a Chilean river with a movie star and the Kennedys.

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Embedded with the “hotshots” trying to battle forest fires.

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“When I look at Mr. McCreery’s boat… I know that life is wild, dangerous, beautiful.”

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A financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a mystery: Did John Felix Bender die by his own hand? Or did Ann Bender kill him to escape their crumbling dream?

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The harrowing first ascent of the mountain’s West Ridge.

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A portrait of a new nation.

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Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.

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How the Bounty, a busted-up replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty, ended up 100 miles out to sea during the height of Hurricane Sandy.

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On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was extinct. Then it wasn’t. The story of an uncertain resurrection.

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The story of an avalanche, as told by a survivor.

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“From all appearances, this place is still an earthly paradise. There is just one problem, though you could stare at this palm grove for a lifetime and never see it. The soil under our feet, whitish gray in color with flecks of coral, contains a radioactive isotope called cesium 137.”

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In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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Why people keep dying on Mount Everest.

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It started as a bluebird New Year’s Day in Mount Rainier National Park. But when a gunman murdered a ranger and then fled back into the park’s frozen backcountry, every climber, skier, and camper became a suspect—and a potential victim.

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A profile of the cyclist by his former mechanic and assistant.

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An oral history of Burning Man.

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Professional daredevils in love.

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The rise and fall of an antiquities collector turned grave robber.

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When an autistic child goes missing.

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In the remote wilderness along northern British Columbia’s Highway 16, at least 18 women have gone missing over the past four decades. Is it the work of a serial killer or multiple offenders?

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Inside the Quidditch World Cup.

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From prison, a member of the Earth Liberation Front tells her story.

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How did the most wanted man in America, the serial bomber behind the Atlanta Olympics explosion, survive for five years in the North Carolina woods? And was he helped?

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The search for a missing soldier.

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The breathable outerwear industry is at war with Bob Gore—the inventor of Gore-Tex.

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A report from the freediving word championships.

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On stolen bicycles, “a solvent in America’s underground economy, a currency in the world of drug addicts and petty thieves.”

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How shrunken heads ended up in downtown Chicago.

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On the recovery of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a massive brain injury five days before the 2010 Olympics.

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A profile of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher.

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You know this one: German guy heads into tribal jungle deep upriver, sends the company crazy reports full of radical ideas—and then goes totally rogue. Only this time it's not ivory he's after. It's a secret lost for centuries: the finest cacao on earth.
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Tourism in Burma? A journey through Asia’s most anesthetized state.

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A visit with the novelist Jim Harrison.

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Skyrocketing prices for yarchagumba, a rare fungus prized as an aphrodisiac, has led to Nepali villagers to turf wars—and possibly murder.

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The writer travels with his father to Iceland and Greenland:

It usually takes a week of traveling with Ed Tower before I’m seized by the tantrum-pitching impulse and can barely resist the urge to punch myself again and again in the face.

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The first extended telling of the story that became The Perfect Storm.

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During the Great Floods of 2011, the Mississippi unleashed deadly currents and a flow rate that could fill the Superdome in less than a minute. Defying government orders, the author and two friends canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg. This is their story.

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A profile of a 25-year-old Spanish sensation.

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Twenty-five years later, inside the Exclusion Zone.

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A profile of the late Jack LaLanne, “the greatest gym teacher of all time,” who was as responsible as anyone for America’s fitness craze in the latter half of the 20th century.

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On the psychology of a rescue worker after years of responding to disaster.

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Anatomy of an international incident; how three idealistic young American hikers wandered across the Kurdistan-Iran border and ended up in Iranian prison charged with spying.

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At tourism’s wildest frontier; guided tours of Afghanistan.

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Nobody knows the full story of why legendary surfer Andy Irons died in a Dallas hotel room earlier this month. But some who knew him have come forward to discuss the demons he’d battled for years.

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When a boulder shifts and pins his hand, a climber on a solo trip is forced to do the unthinkable: amputate his own arm. A first-person account of the six-day ordeal, excerpted from Ralston’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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A writer starts a vacation in San Juan del Sur, a seaside village of 20,000 in Nicaragua, just in time to see an expat charged with the murder of a local.

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The author investigates the massive wildlife die-off in the Salton Sea by rafting from its tributaries in Mexico.

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Fifty-four days after his group’s Everest climb turned tragic, Krakauer first told the story of what had gone wrong.

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The original story of Christopher McCandless’ fateful trip into the Alaskan wilderness.

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In the British sport of “ferret legging,” underwear-less competitors tie their trousers at the ankles, stuff a pair of the carnivores down there, and hold on for as long as possible. Reg Mellor is the world’s best.

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The 19-year-old “Barefoot Bandit”—on the run since 2008 and famous for stealing Cessnas without flying lessons, among other feats—was captured this week in the Bahamas. Here, the view of Colt from his hometown.

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In February, a killer whale named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her. It was the third time the orca had been involved in a death during his 27 years in captivity. This is his story.

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Before embarking on dangerous rock climbs, Matt Samet would use whiskey to wash down powerful prescription tranquilizers. A first-person account of extreme addiction.

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When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to return and bring him back.