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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Can progressive prosecutors achieve meaningful criminal-justice reform?
From the jury selection process that took place over three days in June for the trial of Martin Shkreli, an investor and hedge fund founder who is facing eight counts…
From a list of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement products sold since 2007 that have been identified as harmful by the Food and Drug Administration. Read More
The hidden cost of crowd-sourcing a cure
How to win the war on drugs
From online messages found on Ross Ulbricht’s laptop in 2013 by FBI agents. Ulbricht, then twenty-nine, was arrested while working on his computer in a San Francisco public library. In…
The makers of OxyContin play dirty
In 1755 the naturalist Stepan Krasheninnikov observed the Amanita muscaria mushroom’s effects on Russian soldiers in Siberia ingesting it for the first time. Claiming to have been seized by an…
A generation of change in the Sea of Cortez
The Treasury Department seized control of mortgage and loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, firing the companies’ chief executives and promising to provide as much as $200 billion to…
One million people fled New Orleans to avoid Hurricane Gustav, which landed in Louisiana as a weakened category-2 hurricane and caused relatively little damage. Mississippi officials ordered people still living…