My Favorite stories of 2016

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My Favorites of 2016

All my favorite TV series, movies, podcasts, stories, albums and songs of 2016The end of the year is packed with Best Of lists. I waited with mine …

Bon Iver

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.<p>Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, …

Air Force One

Syria’s War on Doctors | The New Yorker

On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ dinner of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, one of Britain’s leading …

Syria

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.<p>On a humid afternoon this past …

Theology

My Year in Startup Hell

<b>By Dan Lyons</b><p>Illustration by Jan Feindt<p>March 25, 2016, 1:00 PM EDT<p><i>Hear the one about the unemployed middle-aged guy who tripped and fell into the new</i> …

This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley

You wake up at 6:30 a.m. after an Ambien-induced sleep. It’s Friday. Last night at the Rosewood was pretty intense — you had to check out Madera and …

Malaysia

The Japanese pro wrestler who almost got Muhammad Ali's leg amputated

If you’ve never heard of the fight that almost got one of Muhammad Ali’s legs amputated, it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad sports fan. It probably just means that you’re not Japanese.<p>In 1975, well-rested from his victory in the “Thrilla in Manila” fight against Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali met the …

Boxing

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

What would happen if it actually works?<p>Like a little white Lazarus with red eyes, the paralyzed mouse was walking again.<p>A few days earlier, the mouse had been sprawled on an operating table while two Chinese graduate students peered through a microscope and operated on its spine. With a tiny pair …

Biotechnology

Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy

Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch”<p>Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America …

How Fox News Women Took Down Roger Ailes

It took 15 days to end the mighty 20-year reign of Roger Ailes at Fox News, one of the most storied runs in media and political history. Ailes built …

Roger Ailes

What’s on Michelle Obama’s mind? Meet the speechwriter who puts it into words.

When Sarah Hurwitz sits down at her laptop, she puts on her noise-blocking headphones and imagines Michelle Obama’s exacting voice in her head.<p>The voice might say: <i>No, that transition is clumsy.</i> Or: <i>Are we really telling this story in a way that honors these people?</i><p>Hurwitz, the first lady’s head …

Michelle Obama

My Little Sister Taught Me How To "Snapchat Like The Teens"

An investigation.<p>I’m 29 years old, and I’ve been on Snapchat for about a year now. I post fairly often (usually on my Story), and I get a decent amount of engagement from my friends. Quite honestly, up until Thanksgiving, I thought I was pretty good at Snapchat.<p>Then I watched my little sister on …

Teens