Long-form Journalism

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

WASHINGTON — Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their warheads. Tests later found that the warheads contained a crude blister agent resembling sulfur mustard, …

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Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

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‘We believe you harmed your child’: the war over shaken baby convictions

Expert witnesses who claim parents have been wrongly accused have been vilified and struck off. But the science is anything but certain. What happens to the truth when experts can’t agree? By Will Storr<p>At first, Craig Stillwell and Carla Andrews only vaguely registered the change at the hospital; …


Destroying Music, One Playlist at a Time

The music business is struggling. File-sharing and streaming have cut into what was for decades a lucrative industry. Sure, Americans are producing …


A mission for journalism in a time of crisis – podcast

In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner<p>• Read the text version here<p><b>Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher</b> <b>and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter</b>


Inside The Botched Raid That Left Four US Soldiers Dead In Niger

The worst military fiasco under the Trump administration — in which four US soldiers were killed alongside four Nigeriens by Islamist militants — was the result of reckless behavior by US Special Forces.<p>OUALLAM, Niger — The mission that resulted in the death of eight soldiers — including four …


The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>This week, we’re sharing stories from Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg, and Steve Eder; Eliana Dockterman, Stephanie Zarachek,</i> …


“There’s No Such Thing As Truth”: The Fungible Facts and Twisted Humor of ‘I, Tonya’

For someone who spent two decades of her life angling to be the best athlete in a grueling, solitary sport, Tonya Harding was rarely alone. She moved …


Great Performers: A Few of Our Favorite Horror Movies

The theme of this year’s Great Performers issue is horror. In the process of making a series of short films that embody the genre, we revisited some of our favorites. Our list is below; let us know what we missed.<p><b>The Vampire</b><p>“The Shiver of the Vampires” (1971), by Jean Rollin. The French director …


How to Have Fewer Regrets

Improve the way you make decisions to prevent future regrets. “We don’t always have control over outcomes, but we do have control over our process,” says Amy Summerville, a psychology professor at Miami University. Research your options — but avoid “maximizing,” or exhaustively considering every …


Behind the Cover: 12.10.17

Kathy Ryan, director of photography: “When Nicole Kidman surprised us with a bloodcurdling scream during our photo shoot, she gave us the chills — and a frighteningly apt cover that evokes classic horror-film posters. Her scream can be seen as a primal response to a very unusual and disturbing …


New Sentences: From Hanif Abdurraqib’s ‘They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us’

<b>‘And you’ll roll your eyes while “Born in the U.S.A.” plays while fireworks fly screaming into the sky, tucking all its darkness into their pockets.’</b><p><i>— From “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” (Two Dollar Radio, 2017, Page 6), a collection of essays by Hanif Abdurraqib.</i><p>I once had an argument …


The 11.26.17 Issue

<b>RE: SPIKE LEE</b><p><i>Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote about the filmmaker and his new Netflix series, based on his first feature film.</i><p><b>I loved this</b> profile of Spike Lee, who is truly one of the great artists of our time and completely underrated. I hope his point about the importance of Hollywood …


Judge John Hodgman on Eating Straight Out of the Fridge

<b>Dianna writes</b>: <i>My partner, Nick, eats leftovers straight from the fridge (pizza, Chinese food, sometimes a thing he calls a “cold cheese roll up”). I’m sensitive to the smell of cold foods. I can be sitting in a different room when he opens the fridge, and it still turns my stomach. Please tell him</i> …


Poem: The Confidence Scheme

<i>Selected by Terrance Hayes</i><p>This poem displays the poetics between Babel and Babylon, a style compressed and personal enough to conjure Amiri Baraka, Baudelaire and Bob Kaufman. It makes reading a kind of revision, a reviewing, a reseeing. We overhear sketches of consciousness. An ominous mood …


A (Tempered) Victory for the Silence-Breakers

The good news: <i>Time</i> magazine has chosen as its Person of the Year, “The Silence Breakers,” recognizing the entire #MeToo movement. The cover story, by …


Into the woods: how an online bogeyman inspired children to kill

When two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin invited their classmate for a game of hide-and-seek in the forest, they planned to murder her. They later claimed they were forced to act by the mythical Slender Man. By Alex Mar<p>On a Friday night in late spring of 2014, in the small, drab city of Waukesha, …


These Three Ingredients Will Brighten Any Vegetable

My father got his first tattoo at 63. The number three, in black ink, on the palest part of his arm. “A three?” I asked him, as he rolled down his sleeve. “Why a three?” Because he was the youngest of three siblings, born on the third day of the month, and three had always been his favorite number, …


Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals

BuzzFeed News is publishing the slide presentation by the founder of Blackwater to privatize the Afghan war and mine Afghanistan's valuable minerals. He pitched the proposal to the Trump Administration. Prince told BuzzFeed News, "You're a fucking hack."<p>Controversial private security tycoon Erik …


A Spinach Lasagna Worthy of a Holiday Feast

Some pasta dishes are a breeze to make. Lasagna is not, and there is no getting around it. But it is absolutely worth the effort. Having a companion in the kitchen makes the process go much faster.<p>That said, this particular lasagna can be achieved more quickly than some of the more elaborate and …


Can Sexual Predators Be Good Scholars?

Making sense of the relationship between bad men and bad ideas.


The 10 Best Actors of the Year

<i>—</i><p><b>Daniel Kaluuya</b><p><i>Film: Get Out</i><p>The shot from Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” that probably pops into your head first — it was in the trailers and will no doubt feature in the Oscar reel — is of Daniel Kaluuya in close-up, his eyes open wide and overflowing with tears. It’s a pivotal moment, for sure, both in …


Nintendo’s Resurgence Was the Best Tech Story of 2017

Five years ago Nintendo started unraveling. The company was losing money for the first time ever as the monstrously popular Wii stalled in sales. …


Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth — ProPublica

This story was co-published with NPR.<p>On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had …


Why Do Didier Drogba, Diplo, Pete Wentz, and Brandon McCarthy Own a Second-Tier American Soccer Team Together?

On August 6, Didier Drogba scored a stunning goal. The former Chelsea star and two-time African Footballer of the Year stood over a free kick nearly …


The Browser Talks To Will Davies


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Portland, Oregon, Where the Law Protects Car Thieves Instead of Peoples’ Cars

In my first six months living in Portland, Oregon in 2000, someone smashed my passenger window. They stole a jacket I left on the front passenger …


Refugees Are Not Getting The Mental Health Help They Need

Doctors at the Vial refugee camp in Greece have turned to Lyrica, a drug used to treat epilepsy and nerve disorders, as they try to address anxiety and PTSD among the hundreds of people living there.<p>CHIOS, Greece — Refugees with mental health problems are being overprescribed psychotropic drugs …

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Can Smiling While Exercising Improve Performance?

Many athletes have been told that smiling while sweating will make our efforts feel easier. In May, Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan marathon runner, periodically grinned through the final miles of his fastest-ever marathon, which he completed in 2 hours 25 seconds; afterward, he said that he had hoped …