Erin Becca

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Ten Days in a Mad-House

"The night nurse, my dear," she replied, and, wishing that I would sleep well, she went out and locked the door after her. Several times during the …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Bush blasts off

The Republican’s 2016 moves put pressure on rivals, energize vaunted family network.<p>In the spring of 1978, as he traveled the country contemplating the presidential campaign he’d long itched to run, a retired Republican politician named George H.W. Bush dashed off a quick letter to his second son, …

On 26 November 2010, Yara Gambirasio, 13, went missing. Three months later her body was discovered in scrubland nearby. So began one of the most complex murder investigations in Italian history, which will reach its climax later this year<p>Yara Gambirasio should only have been gone a short while. On …

Crime

The Secret History of Women in the Senate

<b>Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late</b> 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina’s junior senator-elect. But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only. Why? Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked.<p>It took an intervention by Senator Chuck …

Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea

American intervention in Korea has frequently sparked protests, especially over film. An examination of the complicated history of America and its …

This American Life: Best episodes in honor of Episode 500. (AUDIO)

Several years ago, just after moving to New York for a second time, I had a conversation with a young editor then employed by this magazine. As we …

Best podcast episodes ever: The 25 best from Serial to the Ricky Gervais Show.

The best podcast episodes of all time? C’mon. How can you listen to 10 years’ worth of podcasts? Is something a podcast if it first aired on …

Translation

How close can words get you to the truth and feel and force of life? That's the question poking at our ribs this hour, as we wonder how it is that …

Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Somehow we're squeezing 16 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, with relatives ranging in age from my 30-year-old nephew to my 90-year-old mother. I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine: my …

He neither looked nor sounded like a natural leader. Yet Yasser Arafat dominated Palestinian politics for a generation before his death 10 years ago. How did he do it, and how much of a shadow does he still cast?<p>Hated and venerated in equal measure, Yasser Arafat dominated the Palestinian …

Stephen Glass' New Republic Scandal Still Haunts His Law Career | The New Republic

The last time I talked to Stephen Glass, he was pleading with me on the phone to protect him from Charles Lane. Chuck, as we called him, was the …

The Break-Off Effect

The Virgin Galactic crash made the mechanical risks of space tourism clearer, but the psychological effects of space travel largely remain unknown.<p>At first they thought it was asthma.<p>The fighter squadron’s 37-year-old commander suddenly started refusing to fly at high altitudes because of …

A Small Step Backward for Mankind

Two rockets crashed last week: one carrying cargo to Earth orbit, the other on a test flight for a suborbital manned spacecraft. It will take some …

The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., “Murf the Surf,” and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History—and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.<p>They are old men now in their 70s, two robbers who were famous …

The Interpreters | VICE News

<b>Download the full eBook from Ben Anderson's The Interpreters:</b><p>The interpreters who worked for American forces during the recent Afghanistan war (and the many still working) are among America's bravest and most loyal allies. So that you don't have to take my word for it, I asked several US Marines …

Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and …