Long-form Journalism

‘It’s like everyone forgot’: On a familiar battlefield, Marines prepare for their next chapter in the Forever War

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan — In Marine Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr.’s office on this small, dusty base, there is a leather couch, a map of Helmand province and a white board marked with half a dozen goals. One of them reads: “Get thru fighting season.”<p>That aim — survival — demonstrates how modest …

U.S. Army

This grand experiment could save America's justice system

JERSEY CITY, N.J. ─ On the ground floor of a deteriorating county courthouse, in a room outfitted with temporary office furniture and tangles of electrical wires, a cornerstone of America’s criminal justice system is crumbling.<p>A 20-year-old man in a green jail jumpsuit appears on a video monitor …

Justice

Verizon's always-on throttling is an afront to customers and net neutrality

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Today, Verizon (the biggest carrier in the US) announced it was doing away with its simple and fair unlimited wireless data plan and complicating things by instead offering three plans. Two of those cost more, and all three come with compromise. Customers who pick …

Internet

Living in a void: life in Damascus after the exodus

During six years of civil war in Syria, novelist Khaled Khalifa has watched wave after wave of friends and family flee his home city. But despite everything, he has decided to stay<p>My sister, whom I haven’t seen for more than two years, told me she was going to cross the sea in a rubber dinghy. She …

Refugees

Nintendo's second 'Classic' console is better, but not perfect

When Nintendo announced that the already impossible to find NES Classic Edition was going out of production, there were two reactions: outrage that the company could introduce such a popular product and fail to meet demand, and curiosity -- why would Nintendo kill off the most popular throwback …

Gaming

Village Voice

Marvin Gaye at the beginning and at the end.<p>Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.<p><i>The winner of the</i> …

Journalism

The South Carolina Dylann Roof Knew

When Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah first began to cover the trial of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine parishioners of Charleston’s …

Racism

One week with Alexa

My morning routine is simple: I wake up when my phone's alarm goes off, I go back to sleep, wake up again, contemplate more sleep, get dressed, make coffee and listen to one of Alexa's "flash briefings" before I start slinging words on the internet. Getting that first news blast of the day used to …

Journalism

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lighter

Colin Gillis has lost a tremendous amount of weight, and it changes things — the way he moves around the world, the way people react to him. But as …

Journalism

How RFID tags became trendy

As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to exist. As with NFC, RFID chips are used to store …

Journalism

Why we need to start listening to insects

Journalism

Ellen Pao Is Ready to Name Names

Ellen Pao, who sued her Silicon Valley employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for discrimination, was saving the names for her upcoming book <i>Reset</i>: …

Journalism

Astro's email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to

Virtual assistants have been quick to invade our phones and our homes — is it any surprise that they're creeping into our email accounts, too? A startup called Astro built a chatbot (imaginatively named "Astrobot") into its email app earlier this year, and now it's taking things a step further: as …

Journalism

Should I Turn in My Tax-Cheating Relative?

<i>My relative works in the marijuana industry, which has been legal in my state for almost two years. Nevertheless, he has worked under the table during that time, earning tens of thousands of dollars and not paying taxes on it. I confronted him and told him that I didn’t think the tax evasion was</i> …

Journalism

How Can Alt-Right Women Exist in a Misogynistic Movement?

Days before the events in Charlottesville, <i>Harper’s</i> published the cover story from their September issue about the prominent women of the alt-right: …

Feminism

I didn't see the eclipse in totality, but it was still pretty great

Like more than a few stories in my life, this is one of procrastination and regret. Yesterday's total solar eclipse was the first to be viewable from the US in my lifetime, and my hometown of Lincolnville, South Carolina, was right in the path of totality. But I live in New York now, and for a …

Journalism

The Strange Politics of ‘Classified’ Information

Is it easier to keep secrets when you have fewer of them? Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan seemed to think so. Twenty years ago, he was chairman of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, insisting that the ‘‘protecting’’ and the ‘‘reducing’’ parts went hand in hand — that in …

Journalism

Family Band

<i>Ben Rothenberg | Racquet and Longreads | August 2017 | 9 minutes (2,122 words)</i>Our latest Exclusive is a new story by tennis writer Ben Rothenberg and …

Tennis

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”<p>Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent …

Racism

The Only Confederate Monument We Should Keep Is The Whitney Plantation

I went to the Whitney Plantation Museum to see if America is ready to reckon with its past.<p><b>The sweltering Louisiana</b> countryside north of New Orleans is full of fields of sugarcane, a crop with long, slender leaves so razor-sharp they will slice the skin on your bare arms into ribbons if you walk …

Journalism

One week with Google Assistant

I had been in a years-long relationship with Siri when my affair with the Google Assistant began. It started innocently enough. Assistant made me laugh with some silly jokes, and we played a cute game she made in the Allo chat app called "Emoji Movie." Soon, Assistant popped up in more places in my …

Apple

The self-made millionaire who gave his money to people who just asked for it

What is the best way to help people in need? Some economists argue, well, just give them money.<p>That's exactly what one man did.<p>Once upon a time, there was a flamboyant entrepreneur named Percy Ross who made millions in plastics. In the '80s and '90s, Ross had a newspaper column out of Minnesota …

Journalism

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. …

Technology

Charlie Sykes Is Unsure About the Future of the G.O.P.

<b>You came to national attention during the Wisconsin primaries as part of the Never Trump movement, when you used your conservative-talk-show perch to help along one of Donald Trump’s few primary losses. What were you trying to do?</b> I was hoping Wisconsin was going to be a firewall of rationality. …

Journalism

Solar eclipse gives NASA a rare opportunity to study Mercury

While you're stuck on Earth during today's solar eclipse, NASA jets will be performing a tricky science experiment on the Sun and its closest companion, Mercury. A pair of them will take off this morning from Houston's Johnson Space Center and follow the path of of the eclipse, allowing them to see …

Astronomy

Everyone’s Welcome, But Some People Are More Welcome Than Others

Since the 2016 election, my non-scientific review estimates that the media has published seven zillion articles on Trump voters living in rural …

Journalism

Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. Perhaps a new player, like Samsung, is wading into the space. Even Android creator Andy Rubin is considering building an assistant of …

Apple

Are Arizona’s Defunded Public Schools the Future of American Education?

Trump’s secretary of education is expanding school voucher programs under the guise of providing greater “school choice” to parents, but as some …

Education

A Roll of the Immigration Law Dice

In <i>Esquire</i>, Brian Castner walks us through the case of Captain Noorullah Aminyar, an Afghan army officer seeking asylum in the U.S. following threats …

Journalism

Putting Creativity on Your Tab

At <i>1843</i>, Emma Hogan reports that in Silicon Valley, microdosing LSD is the new “body-hacking” tool everyone from engineers to CEOs is using to boost …

Journalism