Monday, July 21


Survivor No. 3

A day after swimming in an Arkansas water park, Kali Harding was diagnosed with a brain-eating amoeba that kills 99% of the people infects. This is the story of how she survived.

Previously: The Longform Guide to the Brain.

Friday, July 18


One of a Kind

When a child has a condition that’s new to science.

Thursday, July 17


Camp Lejeune and the U.S. Military's Polluted Legacy

How the Pentagon makes “Koch Industries look like an organic farm” when it comes to toxic water contamination.

Tuesday, July 15


Why Do We Have Blood Types?

More than 100 years after they were discovered, we’re still looking for an answer as to why blood types exist.


Sex Without Fear

The debate surrounding Truvada, the first drug approved by the FDA to prevent HIV.

Thursday, July 10


Rise of the Sea Urchin

From Norwegian waters to European plates.

Tuesday, July 8


The Organ Detective

A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

Monday, July 7


Nature’s Most Perfect Killing Machine

How the Ebola virus works.

Saturday, July 5


Swamp Nurse

In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes, it actually succeeds.

Friday, July 4


Behind the Yellow Door, a Man’s Mental Illness Worsens

A family struggles as a 42-year-old husband, father and son becomes increasingly isolated.

Thursday, July 3


Opium Made Easy

It’s legal to buy poppy seeds in America and it’s legal to plant them—unless you’re familiar with the simple process of turning them into opium, that is. Then having poppies in your garden is a felony.