The Atlantic

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A World Without Work

If jobs as we’ve known them for a century are going away, what will replace them?

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Prison Born

The dilemma of the prison nursery.

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The Tampon: A History

The story behind a wad of cotton and a bit of string.

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Waiting for the Weekend

A short history of leisure.

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Cruel and Unusual

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

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The Wedding Sting

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

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Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door

Inside the abusive practices of magazine-subscription sub-contractors.

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The Crash of EgyptAir 990

Investigating a pilot’s choice and the death of 217 people.

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The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Researchers do look into near-death experiences, seeking a verified case of what they call “apparently non-physical veridical perception.”

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Let Us Now Appraise Famous Writers

A correspondence school for writers turns out to be a sham. This piece forced it into bankruptcy.

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How White Flight Ravaged the Mississippi Delta

For generations, plantation owners strove to keep black laborers on the farm and competing businesses out of town. Today, the towns faring best are the ones whose white residents stayed to reckon with their own history.

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The Tragedy of the American Military

The United States fights wars it can’t win using soldiers it doesn’t know.