Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy
The many myths of Vladimir Putin.
The many myths of Vladimir Putin.
The double life of a KGB spy living in 1980s Manhattan.
Around 60 people in the world share a condition called “highly superior autobiographical memory.” They remember absolutely everything.
A team of researchers has a controversial plan to root fake data out of science.
How populism took a continent.
On living in dark times.
The impact of a life map and a stipend on those in the gang life in Richmond, CA.
A visit with John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, which “changed the way at least two generations responded to art,” just before his death.
In the beginning, they were known as die Dönermorde – the kebab murders. The victims had little in common, apart from immigrant backgrounds and the modest businesses they ran.
In 1936, a school group from south London went on a hike in the Black Forest. Despite the heroic rescue attempts of German villagers, five boys died. Eighty years later, locals are still asking how it happened.
The intricate dance between highly organized ultras fan organizations, the teams they support, and the mafia for control of the center of curva and the lucrative ticket-touting opportunities that come with it.
Travels through post-election America.
An annual re-enactment drags America’s history of racist violence into the light.
“They have effectively claimed the progressive causes of the left – from gay rights to women’s equality and protecting Jews from antisemitism – as their own, by depicting Muslim immigrants as the primary threat to all three groups. As fear of Islam has spread, with their encouragement, they have presented themselves as the only true defenders of western identity and western liberties – the last bulwark protecting a besieged Judeo-Christian civilisation from the barbarians at the gates.”
How dancing can inspire a writer.
Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets.
On the insane business of bottled water.
When the battered body of a Cambridge Ph.D. student was found outside Cairo, Egyptian police claimed he had been hit by a car. Then they said he was the victim of a robbery. Then they blamed a conspiracy against Egypt. But in a digital age, it’s harder than ever to get away with murder.
“‘I’m going to devote myself full time to securing and then winning a referendum on leaving the EU,’ Daniel Hannan replied. The aide laughed down the line. ‘Good luck with that.’”
On a centuries-long war that may be coming to an end.
A physician becomes convinced he’s dying.
How a retired Swiss banker ended up behind bars in Thailand for uncovering a scheme that included the Malaysian prime minister and billions of in laundered money that was spent on everything from parties with Paris Hilton to backing for The Wolf of Wall Street.
For those who suffer from environmental illnesses, the town of Snowflake is an escape from a modern world full of allergens: fragrances, gluten, wifi.
A political history of Britain.
“On the day after the referendum, many Britons woke up with the feeling – some for better, some for worse – that they were suddenly living in a different country. But it is not a different country: what brought us here has been brewing for a very long time.”
The aftermath of a childhood filled with subway flashers, teachers who asked for hugs, and boys who joked about your breasts.