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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
What a dental x-ray reveals about poverty
Homesteaders on the margins of America
Range life: the not entirely romantic existence of homesteaders in the San Luis Valley
When I was six, a pit bull tried to rip out my throat. I was walking down my parents’ oystershell driveway when the dog attacked me, probably because another dog,…
Thailand's king is in declining health; Ian Buruma examines why the country so often finds itself under military rule
I found my first Ragged School, in an obscure place called West-Street, Saffron-Hill, pitifully struggling for life, under every disadvantage. If I say it is ten years ago, I leave…
Two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended
Why one of Asia’s most open societies keeps turning to military rule
When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in June of 2012, the decision was widely viewed as a victory for President Obama and a…
The decline and fall of public housing
From “A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent,” delivered by Rev. Tim Jones on December 20, 2009, at the Church of St. Lawrence in York, England. The life of…