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Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned

SAN FRANCISCO — With his arms folded, Jack Dorsey paced back and forth in a conference room at Twitter’s headquarters on Friday afternoon.<p>In a rare look inside one of the social media company’s policy meetings, the Twitter chief executive gathered with 18 colleagues, including the safety team, to …

Social Media

Virgin Galactic’s Rocket Man

Subscribe »<p>A Reporter at Large 08/13/2018<p>The ace pilot risking his life to fulfill Richard Branson’s billion-dollar quest to make commercial space travel a reality.<p>At 5 a.m. on April 5th, Mark Stucky drove to an airstrip in Mojave, California, and gazed at SpaceShipTwo, a sixty-foot-long craft that …

Space Travel

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America

We lasted three years and three days after Dollar General opened. Sales dropped and just kept dropping Doug Nech<p>When Dollar General came to Haven, Kansas, it arrived making demands. The fastest-growing retailer in America wanted the taxpayers of the small, struggling Kansas town to pick up part of …

Dollar General

“Cocaine, Speed, and Gallons of Jack Daniel’s”: The Last Rock ’n’ Roll Superstars Were … Korn?

“Korn, Manson, Bizkit—that was the golden age of music, I believe. And after us, it died.”<p>Jonathan Davis, who at 47 has been Korn’s lead singer for …

Music

Dangerous News: How two young reporters shook Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo embraced the heady freedoms of post-junta Myanmar. Then they exposed a massacre of Muslims by soldiers and civilians. The government's prosecution of them over their reporting is seen by many as a test of the country's nascent democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Critical Thinking

Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Complicated Comeback, Motherhood And Making Time to Be Selfish

On a bright, cloudless early-August day in Silicon Valley, Serena Williams opens the back door of the Spanish-style home she shares with her husband, …

Tennis

Chasing asteroids: Dual missions sniff out clues to solar system's past

BOSTON<p>It was a normal Friday morning in the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Adults were on their way to work, and children were in school. …

Asteroids

Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem.

Social Media

Utah's Big Water Grab

Let us now praise southern Utah!<p>I moved here the high-water spring of 1993, everything I owned in the car and my savings whittled to three hundred cash. The hitchhikers said Moab, so I dropped anchor in the red-rock oasis and spent the next decade dowsing: mossy seeps, wind-chime waterfalls, …

How a Transplanted Face Transformed Katie Stubblefield’s Life

MagazineStory of a Face<p>At 18, Katie Stubblefield lost her face. At 21, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to undergo the still experimental surgery. Follow her incredible story.<p>The face lies on a surgical tray, eyes empty and unseeing, mouth agape, as if exclaiming, “Oh!”<p>Sixteen hours ago …

Medicine

The Very Best Podcasts Hosted By Celebrities

My coworker, an avid listener of long and free-wheeling podcasts, let me in on a little secret: If you really, really want to get to know a …

Celebrity Gossip

Dealing with creative failure? Here’s what to do next

Seven artists talk about dealing with disappointment–and how to turn failure into a creative force.<p>The culture of failure has changed dramatically in the past decade. Thanks to mantras like “fail fast, fail often,” the concept of failure as a necessary part of success is now mainstream. Such …

Schadenfreude

The ‘Eat This Not That’ Guide to the Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet can be dizzyingly complicated.<p>You want to load up on fats and protein, and keep your carb intake low—but all fats and proteins …

Nutrition

Meet the 11-year-old drag kid who RuPaul calls 'the future of America'

"Desmond Is Amazing" can rock a runway.<p>That's the stage name of Desmond Napoles, who at just 11 years old is a drag superstar and an LGBTQ activist …

'Instagram playgrounds' for the hashtag obsessed are taking over U.S. cities

A sunflower garden, a caviar pool and a psychedelic laundromat are among the many Instagram-ready experiences that have taken over vacant studio spaces and abandoned buildings across the country, luring in the hashtagged obsessed.<p>These interactive pop-up exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago …

Social Media

‘Chicken is where it's at’: the unstoppable rise of KFC

When 646 of the UK’s 900 KFCs were forced to close after running out of chicken, people flooded social media to complain<p>There’s been the chizza, a pineapple and ham pizza where instead of a dough base, there is a piece of deep-fried chicken<p>Before Donald Trump entered the White House, there was …

Kentucky

Pet pampering surges as millennials practice parenting

Brett Gursky flies first-class. And so does his dog Buddy, a Maltese-Chihuahua mix that he rescued two years ago. When Gursky, a …

Pets

Who Wins in the Name Game?

From dating to job prospects, a name has remarkable power over the path of its owner's life.<p>I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was …

The un-celebrity president

Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon, kid.”<p>She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor’s kitchen filled with 1976 …

The White House

Twelve Longreads for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin was born in a small house on Lucy Avenue in Memphis, south of where the Mississippi River borders the city, on March 25, 1942. …

Aretha Franklin

The Shattering Double Vision of V. S. Naipaul

Over the years, I have kept coming back to an image: a young writer, a twenty-six-year-old Indian man, sits at a desk in a small flat in Streatham Hill, a modest area of South London. It is 1958, and he is working on a long book that will become, in time, one of the great novels of the twentieth …

Literature

Meet Awkwafina, the Breakout Star of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

It’s a good thing for moviegoers that Nora Lum was, in her own words, “the worst” at her chosen art: playing the trumpet. “Oh my god, I was …

Filmmaking

From ‘Thrashin’’ to ‘Kids’ and Beyond: A History of Skateboarding Movies

The plot of the 1965 short film <i>Skaterdater</i>is simple, but packs a lot into its 18 dialogue-free minutes. A barefoot boy rides a wooden plank attached …

Skateboarding

The Adventures of Pete Davidson

He’s one of SNL’s youngest cast members ever—and his DGAF comedy has turned him into a star we can’t look away from.<p>Pete Davidson says fame hasn't changed his style. While perusing racks of designer clothes at our shoot in a warehouse studio in Long Island City, the 24-year-old <i>Saturday Night Live</i> …

Barneys New York

Daddy's Girl

I’m at brunch with my mom and my auntie in Chicago, sitting in a large booth in one of my favorite breakfast spots in the city. It’s the morning …

Breast Cancer

Bribes, Backdoor Deals, and Pay to Play: How Bad Rosé Took Over

A sommelier opens up about the shady business practices that are behind the rise of watery, terrible rosé.<p>Here’s a snippet of an email I got last week:<p>FROM: Wine account salesperson<p>TO: Victoria James, Cote Korean Steakhouse<p>Subject: Opportunity?<p><i>...I wanted to see if you were around next week to try</i> …

Wine

Listening for Silence With the Headphones Off

Immersive portable audio—the ability to be out in the world while listening to your favorite music privately, on headphones—is a relatively new phenomenon. In 1972, a man named Andreas Pavel more or less invented it. At least that’s the way he tells the story in Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow’s fantastic …

Headphones

The Top 6 Secret Mountain Bike Destinations in the U.S.  

I was riding some fairly famous singletrack out West when I came across a couple of locals on a long climb. At the top, we sat on some weathered logs in the shade and chatted for a few minutes. When I mentioned I was visiting from Indiana, I could see their slight, crooked smirks, followed by a …

Hiking