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The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

The Murders at the Lake

In the summer of 1982, three Waco teenagers were savagely murdered. Four men were ultimately charged with the crime. One was executed, two others were given life sentences, and a fourth was sent to death row. They all may have been innocent.

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Twilight of the Pizza Barons

Tom Monaghan started Domino’s. Mike Ilitch started Little Caesers. Both became billionaires, both live in Detroit, both are now over 75. They’ve made very different decisions about how to spend their fortunes.

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Club Meds

A trip to The Villages, a booming retiremement community outside Orlando, where the golf is free, casual sex is everywhere, and there is no cemetery.

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The Sea of Crises

A sumo wrestling tournament. A failed coup ending in seppuku. A search for a forgotten man. How the author’s trip to Japan became a journey through oblivion.

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World

Slaves of Happiness Island

On the coast of Abu Dhabi, gilded outposts of the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and New York University are being built by foreign workers who cannot leave and are paid half of what they were promised.

War

The Interpreters

On the interpreters who worked alongside American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their fates once their services were no longer needed.