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The Gospel of Glen

Two decades after his outrageous mohawk and bad-boy attitude helped define extreme skiing, Glen Plake is still charging hard, more popular—and more opinionated—than ever. How does he keep going—and why does he still matter?

Oct 2006
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Fire and Water

The environmentalists from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation worked in the belief that they were serving Smith Island’s best interests—and that the islanders would recognize this. Then came the flames.

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Old School

Nearly 25 years after he won a Gold Medal in Sarajevo, Phil Mahre is back at it, rocketing down racecourses across North America and humbling kids who weren’t even born when he “retired” in 1984.

Oct 2008
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A Matter of Faith

The members of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia believe in a lot of things, but they don’t believe in medical care. That’s just fine, until their children start to die.

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Shell Shock

Get up close and personal with a single specimen of Crassostrea virginica and you’ll see that the Chesapeake Bay oyster is fighting for its life. The question is who’s to blame? And what can be done about it?

The Greening of the Golden Arches

Industry leaders rethink waste policies as environmentalism becomes a force in the market.

Aug 1991

Getting the Slip

Craig Laubach’s firing from Pepco was the worst thing that ever happened to his family, until he hired the elusive Simon Banks to get his job back.

Over the Top

For 24 hours straight, hundreds of mountain bikers used flashlights, muscle, and a strange, edible substance called Gu to pedal up and down a massive hill in the Canaan Valley.

Pop Rocks

Diamonds may be forever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make more ourselves.

Dec 1994

Good Cop

Eric Holder, liberal crime-fighter.

May 1995
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Born Again

On the campaign trail with Marion Barry, the once and future mayor.

Sep 1994

The Real World: Belgium

If they can survive the wrath of their Belgian housekeeper—and the horse-meat dinners—America’s top young cycling talents just might make it through the crucible of European racing and become bona fide stars.

May 2006

The Price of Karma

Greener than a Prius and hotter than a Maserati, the Fisker Karma promises to change the way the world thinks about electric cars. The only problem is that nobody outside the company has driven one yet.

Apr 2010

The Exile Trail

Retracing Russian history on a trek across Siberia.

Aug 2003

Playing the Angles

Can old-time hustler Gus Baroutas survive yuppie pool? Is the eight ball black?

Bike Town U.S.A.

We went to one city, Portland, Maine, and gave 50 bikes to 50 people, then let them ride off to discover, or abandon, cycling on their own. The results weren’t surprising. The power of their stories is.

Jan 2004

Project Taylor

At age 18, cyclist Taylor Phinney is a good bet to medal in Beijing. But more important than any Olympic hardware for the Boulder prodigy is the fact that, after radical surgery to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, his dad—the legendary Davis Phinney—is back in the saddle.

Jul 2008

Save the Planet, Six Bucks an Hour

The less-than-glamorous life of the intrepid Greenpeace canvasser.

Stuck to Our Guns

Men buy 90 percent of all firearms sold. We’re also the ones most likely to be hit when one goes off. Is it time to reevaluate this explosive relationship?

Sep 2005

Bunker? What Bunker?

During the cold war, the presidential nuclear hideaway was built in a mountain in Pennsylvania. People nearby kept quiet about the place. They’re still not talking.

Ripped Abs … to the Rescue!

They’re the guardians—and kings—of Oahu’s big-wave North Shore beaches. You can’t keep up with them. But it wouldn’t hurt you to try.

Jul 2011

Madman Walking

Warren Doyle has hiked the Appalachian Trail 16 times, and he has a no-fee plan guaranteed to help others complete the 2,180-mile trek. The hardest part? Hiking with Warren Doyle.

Sep 2011

Paging Doctor Ferrari

For the past two decades, when cycling’s greatest racers have needed that last bit of speed to turn themselves into legends, they’ve called for Michele Ferrari.

Jan 2006
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It’s Not About the Lab Rats

If Lance Armstrong went to jail and Livestrong went away, that would be a huge setback in our war against cancer, right? Not exactly, because the ­famous nonprofit donates almost ­nothing to scientific research. The author looks at where the money goes and finds a mix of fine ideas, millions of dollars aimed at “awareness,” and a few very blurry lines.

Feb 2012