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The Diplomat and the Killer

In 1980, four American nuns were murdered in El Salvador. This is the story of how a young American official stationed there singlehandedly found the culprits.

Excerpted from Weakness and Deceit: America and El Salvador's Dirty War

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The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

On the battle between Google, Apple, Uber, and Tesla to own the driverless car market, which could be worth more than $30 billion a year.

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The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many teenagers killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Hanna Rosin on the Longform Podcast
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A Sea Story

The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.

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Raiders of the Lost Web

How a Pulitzer-finalist, 34-part-series of investigative journalism vanishes from the internet.

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1491

The Western Hemisphere before Columbus.

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The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

“Peril is generational for black people in America—and incarceration is our current mechanism for ensuring that the peril continues.”

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The Mothers of All Disasters

How to plan for the most serious of possible natural disasters.

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The Red-Baiting of Lena Horne

She stumbled into communist circles, and it nearly derailed her career.

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Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

“The central conflict of domestic life right now is not men versus women, mothers versus fathers. It is family versus money.”

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A Negro Schoolmaster in the South

Two summers spent teaching and living in the hills of Tennessee.