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A King With No Country

The last king of Rwanda lives in low-income housing, at a dead end between US Route 66 and State Route 655 in Oakton. He is 76 years old now, his tottering seven-foot-two-inch frame stooped by age…
PUBLISHED: March 27, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1226 words)

What Happens After You Meet The Devil? The Life Of Mary MacLane

Mary MacLane lived the dream, as we say nowadays. At least, in the beginning, she did. In Butte, Montana, where she grew up, she was just a bright girl in high school. She wanted to go to Stanford,…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2677 words)

The Passion of Lew Wallace

Gen. Lew Wallace, circa 1861. Courtesy of Brady-Handy Photograph Collection/Library of Congress You can also listen to John Swansburg read this piece using the player below:
PUBLISHED: March 26, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2374 words)

The Lawyer And Writer Who Made Marriage Equality Happen

"Some people only remember back to the wave that woke them up." Evan Wolfson sat in his Manhattan office less than a week before the Supreme Court's landmark hearings on same-sex couples' marriage…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3170 words)

Out of Africa

Bullets whizzed over their heads as they ducked and squirmed away from the fire. How could this be happening?, Alexis Wangmene and Patrick Bouli thought to themselves. Less than a week earlier,…
PUBLISHED: March 22, 2013
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5505 words)

Are Memphis Prosecutors Trying to Send an Innocent Man Back to Death Row?

On Christmas night, 1997, Crumpy’s Comedy Club in North Memphis hosted a party sponsored by a local barbershop, Magic Clippers. The club had opened that spring, attracting popular black…
PUBLISHED: March 20, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (925 words)

How To Be A Monster: Life Lessons From Lord Byron

In 1816, a young doctor named John Polidori was offered the position as traveling physician to George Gordon, Lord Byron. Polidori was saturnine, caustic, ambitious, well-educated and handsome. He…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3295 words)

The Miner’s Daughter

Rinehart believes the mining gospel that she preaches. She believes that she and her fellow-billionaires know best. Illustration by Gregory Manchess.
PUBLISHED: March 25, 2013
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9202 words)

Ted Kennedy Jr. Is (Finally) Ready for the Family Business

Senator Edward M. Kennedy with his first wife, Joan, and son Edward Jr. in 1979 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. where the younger Kennedy was a student. In early December, Washington
PUBLISHED: March 13, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (834 words)