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The Problem with Boys

We've ignored all the evidence of male achievement and ambition deficits and stood aside as our sons have notched a growing record of failure and disengagement. It's time we did something about it. A call to action.

May 2011

Going Under

A doctor’s downfall, and a profession’s struggle with addiction.

Dec 2008
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Sgt. Wells’s New Skull

In the epidemic of brain injuries coming out of the war, Army neurosurgeons had never seen someone survive such a devastating wound. But Brian Wells jokes that he just left part of his head in Iraq. Someday, he says, he’ll have to go back and get it.

Apr 2006
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Philip Roth Goes Home Again

As he publishes his thirty-first book, our greatest novelist returns to the Newark of his boyhood. And there, on Philip Roth Plaza, he can’t stop laughing.

Oct 2010
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Whatever Happened to Stem Cells?

In 1998, the stunning promise of embryonic stem cells was discovered, and it was thought that we just might be on the threshold of an age of miracles. But no miracle is a match for politics.

Apr 2013
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Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building

As he turns 50, MJ is wondering whether there are any more asses to kick.

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My father’s last words.

Jun 2012
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The Big Book

Robert Caro has spent thirty-eight years writing the biography of one man. The fourth volume of that work, like its three predecessors a giant achievement and certain best seller, is about to be published. But Caro is not done. And until he is done, one part of the world that we will never see again will not die.

May 2012
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The Last Trawlers

For generations, shrimp boats have plied the waters along Georgia’s coast. But as foreign seafood floods the market and gas prices soar, will this way of life be lost?
Apr 2012
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Can the Best Mayor Win?

William Donald Schaefer is committed to saving one glorious, goddam thing: Baltimore.
Oct 1984
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The Education of Ms. Barsallo

An inside look at the life of a first-year Denver teacher.
Sep 2010
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Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream

A tale of suburban murder in 1960s San Bernardino.
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The Final Furlong

Who hurts more, the injured horse or the person who has to kill it?
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A Brevard Woman Disappeared, but Never Left Home

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In Cold Blood: The Last to See Them Alive

Sep 1965
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The Devil in Anton Lavey

His Church of Satan has attracted thousands, including the late actress Jayne Mansfield. His Satanic Bible is widely read. He worships evil, all that is base, carnal, exotic and erotic in man, yet there is one central point in his world view that must be remembered: There is no God, there is no Satan: There is only Anton LaVey.
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The Survivor

How can a man get through such a thing? After the brutal murders of your wife and children, you have two choices: You go on living. Or you don’t.

Jun 2011
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Four Nights at Elaine’s

Cleaning out the liquor and closing the door on the best bar in New York City.

Jun 2011
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Music for Chameleons

Sep 1979
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Lost in the Waves

Swept out to sea by a riptide, a father and his 12-year-old son struggle to stay alive miles from shore. As night falls, with no rescue imminent, the dad comes to a devastating realization: If they remain together, they’ll drown together.
Nov 2009
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The Boy Who Died of Football

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The Last Abortion Doctor

For thirty-six years, Warren Hern has been one of the few doctors in America to specialize in late abortions. George Tiller was another. And when Dr. Tiller was murdered that Sunday in church, Warren Hern became the only one left.

Aug 2009
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Tonight on Dateline This Man Will Die

NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” arrived in Murphy, Texas, to conduct a sting operation. The only honest thing that followed was the gunshot.

Feb 2009
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The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!

Now one of America’s most legendary authors, Tom Wolfe broke out onto the national literary scene at age thirty-four with this breathless piece—an early step in the so-called New Journalism, a first reference for the term “good ol’ boy,” a deep breath into the future of the New South.

Mar 1965