10 stories to read this weekend - April 18, 2014
Did a lot of catching up in the last two days to put up this list. Hope you find this week’s picks interesting.
- Evaporated in Syria, the World’s Most Dangerous Place for Journalists: More than 60 have been killed there since the war began, and many others have been kidnapped, becoming pawns in the conflict. The author picks up the trail of two colleagues, Austin Tice and Jim Foley, who vanished in 2012.
- Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers: The shocking saga of Major League Baseball’s most controversial player.
- Segregation Now: Investigating resegregation and racial divide in America’s schools.
- The spooky world of the ‘numbers stations’: This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.
- The crashes that changed plane designs forever: The tragedies that were part of a long and fraught process that has helped make flying as safe as it is today.
- Why solitary confinement degrades us all: We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
- Emerging adults need time to grow up: Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life’?
- First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers: Stephanie Schnorr from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a team of international scientists have, for the first time, published the microbiomes of modern hunter-gatherers—27 Hadza people from Tanzania.
- The World’s Unlikeliest Record-Breaker: Three years ago he was a cigar-smoking alcoholic with out-of-control diabetes who had never jogged a mile in his life. This fall, Doug Masiuk ran across the United States.
- Grit and Glory at 14,000 Feet: High in the Colorado Rockies, where a summer day can turn instantly into treacherous winter, thrill-seeking athletes push themselves to the limit and beyond.
Have a great weekend!