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Bryan Smith

7 articles

The Voices in Josh Marks's Head

A talented young chef loses control.


Behind the Beanie Babies: The Secret Life of Ty Warner

A profile of the reclusive billionaire who orchestrated a collectible toy craze.


Michael Ferro Isn't Worried

When an antsy tech entrepreneur takes over a struggling newspaper.


Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church

On the culture of misogyny and abuse at one of the nation’s largest megachurches.


Rita Crundwell and the Dixon Embezzlement

How a small-town comptroller became the biggest municipal embezzler in U.S. history.


The Strange Case of the Dentist and the Pimps

How a family man dentist got involved in an underage prostitution ring.


The Big Party

Life inside the original Playboy Mansion.