Published July 31, 2001

The Multitudes of Roseanne Barr

Published June 30, 2016

I Love You, Mr. Wonderful!

Seeing ‘Hamilton’ with Barack Obama

Published June 24, 2016

The Slippery Slope of Musical Appropriation

Steve Miller had a clear-cut legal case when the Geto Boys used his guitar-hook in their raunchy 1990 single "Gangster of Love." The racial implications weren't so simple.

Rolf Potts
Published June 14, 2016

The Incredible Buddha Boy

A legend is growing in Nepal, where people say a meditating boy hasn't eaten or drunk in seven months. He barely moves, just sits under a tree, still as a stone. It's impossible, some say. Is it a miracle? A hoax? Let's find out.
Published June 14, 2016

Joey Biden, He Could Really Talk

An excerpt from the classic What It Takes: The Way to the White House.

Published June 14, 2016

Angels & Demons

On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.

Published June 14, 2016

Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs

Published June 14, 2016

Death of a Playmate

Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.

Published June 14, 2016

Mr. Bad News

A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.

Published June 14, 2016

Life’s Swell

To be a surfer girl in Maui is to be the luckiest of creatures. It means you're beautiful and tan and ready to rip. It means you've caught the perfect dappled wave and are on a ride that can't possibly end. The story that inspired Blue Crush.

Published June 14, 2016

Playboy Interview: Snoop Dogg

Published June 14, 2016

Stickeen: The Story of a Dog

An adventure on an Alaskan glacier with a new best friend.

Published June 14, 2016

Twirling at Ole Miss

Adventures in Dixie.

Terry Southern • Esquire • Feb 1963
Published June 14, 2016

Home for the Holidays

Chris Radant • Boston Phoenix • Nov 1990
Published June 14, 2016

Playboy Interview: Frank Sinatra

Published June 5, 2016

Ali in Havana

Published June 5, 2016

Chloë's Scene

If you don't find your fashion on Seventh Avenue, Chloë is the It Girl with a street-smart style and a down-low attitude.

Published June 5, 2016


Published June 5, 2016

Merv Curls Lead

If you’re a member of the world’s curling elite, Merv Bodnarchuk, curling impresario, has got a deal for you. Join the all-star team he’s putting together, and he’ll pay you more money than any curler has ever made. There’s just one catch.

Published June 5, 2016

History of the Loomis Gang

The largest organized crime family in 19th century America.

Published June 5, 2016

Little Girl Lost

In a matter of months she became one of the world's most famous porn stars. Three years later, she was dead. The rise and fall of Savannah.

Published June 5, 2016

In the Jungle

How American music legends made millions off the work of a Zulu tribesman who died a pauper.

Published June 5, 2016

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

The secret diary of Nina Simone.

Published April 25, 2016

A Boy of Unusual Vision

Calvin Stanley is a fourth-grader at Cross Country Elementary School. He rides a bike, watches TV, plays video games and does just about everying other 10-year-old boys do. Except see.
Published April 25, 2016

Playboy Interview: George Carlin

Published April 6, 2016

Gotta Dance!

Back during the Harlem Renaissance, he swept the lindy hop off its feet and transformed big-band dance. Now, more than 60 years later, Frankie Manning is relishing a renaissance of his own.

Back during the Harlem Renaissance, he swept the lindy hop of its feet and transformed big-band dance. More than sixty years later, Frankie Manning got a renaissance of his own.
Published March 8, 2016

Everyone Leaves Behind a Name

Remembering the work of Michael Brick

Published January 27, 2016

Once Upon a Jihad

Life and death with the young and radicalized.

by Alex Perry
Published January 19, 2016

The Killing Season

In 1975, the grisly double murder of a 24-year-old woman and her young daughter turned a small Colorado town on its head

In 1975, the grisly double murder of a 24-year-old woman and her young daughter turned a small Colorado town on its head. For the two inexperienced detectives assigned to the case, it was a chance to prove their mettle. But what happens when everyone is suspect and nobody is guilty? 
by Alex French
Published January 19, 2016

Looking for Hemingway

On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review.

Gay Talese • Esquire • July 1963
Published October 25, 2015

The Man Who Never Was

How Todd Marinovich, engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time, lost his way.

2010 National Magazine Award
Mike Sager • Esquire • May 2010
Published August 20, 2015

The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

In which we contemplate certain occult rituals of the ruling class.

Ron Rosenbaum • Esquire • Sep 1977
Published August 7, 2015

Friday Night Lights

The oil-patch town of Odessa, Texas, lives for one thing: the start of the high school football season

Buzz Bissinger • Sports Illustrated • Sept 1990
Published August 5, 2015

My 51 Years (and Counting) at Fortune

She has stood toe-to-toe with imperial CEOs, exposed major frauds, and played some serious bridge with Buffett. Now our

She has stood toe-to-toe with imperial CEOs, exposed major frauds, and played some serious bridge with Buffett. Now our intrepid reporter takes on her toughest subject yet.
Carol Loomis • Sep 2005
Published July 13, 2015

The Rise and Fall of a Super Freak

The story of Rick James.

by Mike Sager
Published June 24, 2015

Blow Hard

Scott Storch raked in hip-hop millions. Then he snorted his way to ruin.

Gus Garcia-Roberts • The Miami New Times • April 2010
Published June 12, 2015

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

An excerpt of Vincent Bugliosi's classic, the best selling true crime book of all time

Published May 26, 2015

Fly Trans-Love Airways

The kids of Sunset Boulevard.

Renata Adler • New Yorker • Feb 1967
Published April 27, 2015


An orphan named Patience and an argument for open global immigration.

Stephan Faris • Deca
Published April 21, 2015

The Pious Spy

A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection

Mujib Mashal • Harper's • Jan 2014
Published April 2, 2015

A Bug in the System

Why last night's chicken made you sick

Wil S. Hylton • February 2015
Published April 1, 2015

None Dare Call It a Conspiracy

Who was behind the Moscow apartment bombings that accelerated Vladimir Putin's rise to power?

Who was behind the Moscow apartment bombings that accelerated Vladimir Putin's rise to power?
Scott Anderson • GQ • Sep 2009
Published March 24, 2015

Mithradates of Fond du Lac

A weekend with the only person on Earth who can survive five venomous snakebites in 48 hours.

Published March 18, 2015

The Miami Connection

Billionaire Marcelo Claure wants to bring soccer to South Florida. He just doesn't want to talk about it.

Published March 13, 2015

The Man Who Sailed His House

A surreal survival story from the Japanese tsunami.

Michael Paterniti
Published February 23, 2015

The Lost Battalion

Searching for sanctuary with American war deserters

Published February 23, 2015

Hoax: Secrets That Truman Capote Took to the Grave

Uncovering the real story behind a supposedly true account.

Published February 23, 2015

Dick & Don Go to War

A reversal of power in an age-old partnership

Published February 23, 2015

See Jeb Not Run

The fatal flaw of being Bush

Published February 23, 2015

Casualty of War

Colin Powell's battle with the Bush administration

Published February 21, 2015

The Master

Life as Beck

Wil S. Hylton • November 2002
Published February 21, 2015

There Goes the Neighborhood

The fire beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania

Published February 21, 2015

Who Owns This Body?

Your skin, your blood, and your DNA have been sold

Published February 21, 2015

Benny of the Bull

On the prowl with Benicio del Toro

Wil S. Hylton • March 2003
Published February 21, 2015

Greenspan Takes a Bath

The politics of the Federal Reserve

Published February 21, 2015

Hot Enough for Ya?

It's 120 in the shade. Can you dig it? Ron can.

Wil S. Hylton • August 2000
Published February 21, 2015

Not Necessarily the News

How Sinclair Broadcast Group invaded your television

Published February 21, 2015

Dr. No

Tom Coburn is a United States Senator. He doesn't want your vote.

Published February 21, 2015


What a soldier finds in combat

Published February 21, 2015

Sick on the Inside

Prison medicine and the coming plague

Published February 21, 2015

Did Hope Change?

Eric Holder's Mission Impossible

Published February 21, 2015

The Unspeakable Choice

Can a good mother abandon her child?

Published February 21, 2015


What went wrong with nuclear power?

Published February 21, 2015

The Land of Smoke and Fog

On the gentle art of pipe smoking

Wil S. Hylton • April 2013
Published February 21, 2015

A Just Desert

Did Phil McDowell really desert the army?

Published February 21, 2015

American Nightmare

The shame of America's refugee camps

Wil S. Hylton • February 2015
Published February 19, 2015

The Deepest End

What happened to Flight 447?

Published February 19, 2015

Broken Heartland

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains

Wil S. Hylton • July 2012
Published February 19, 2015

Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

How illness shapes a writer

Published January 30, 2015

Ground Control

On the coming age of domestic drones.

Published January 28, 2015

The Lost Marines of Tarawa

Seventy years after the bloody battle, the search for its missing men continues.

Published January 28, 2015

The Mesmerizer

James Turrell's Magic Light

Wil S. Hylton • June 2013
Published January 28, 2015

The Origin of Species

Custom bugs to save the world

Published January 28, 2015


Published January 28, 2015

The Education

Becoming Charlize Theron

WIl S. Hylton • October 1999
Published January 28, 2015

Dark Winter

Ten years after anthrax attacks, biodefense is busted.

Published January 28, 2015

Where Is Willem Dafoe Going?

He doesn't know. Never really has. That's the way he likes it.

Wil S. Hylton • February 2001
Published January 28, 2015

The Big, Bad Wolfowitz

Is he a warmonger, or a naive dreamer?

Published January 28, 2015

The Conscience of Joe Darby

The whistleblower at Abu Ghraib speaks out

Wil S. Hylton • September 2006
Published January 28, 2015

Big Pothead vs. Big Pot

Willie Nelson takes on corporate marijuana

Wil S. Hylton • November 2015
Published January 21, 2015

The Story of Diana: The Making of a Terrorist

Published December 25, 2014

The Size of the Room

A personal reconstruction.

Published December 9, 2014

My Misspent Youth

How the author's Manhattan dream turned into a credit-card nightmare.

Published December 9, 2014

The Secret Handshake

The short-lived literary career of Breece DʼJ Pancake and his roadmap to a world of oppressive poverty.

Published November 4, 2014

Like Something the Lord Made

Vivien Thomas was paid a janitor's wage, never went to college, and still became a legend in the field of heart surgery.

Published October 8, 2014

The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Matthew Power
Published October 7, 2014

Comfort Inn Hero: Fast-Thinking Clerk

Published October 6, 2014

The Plane That Fell From the Sky

Published September 30, 2014

The Trials of White Boy Rick

<p> It was the spring of 1987, and crack cocaine had turned whole swaths of Detroit into veritable&nbsp;combat zones. The city thought it had seen everything&mdash;until one evening that May, when the&nbsp;police arrested a 17-year-old kid named Rick Wershe.</p> <p> They called him White Boy Rick. In a city known for its fraught racial divide, Wershe had somehow&nbsp;joined&nbsp;the ranks of&nbsp;the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side&nbsp;before he was old enough to shave. He flew in kilos of cocaine from Miami and drove a white&nbsp;Jeep with THE SNOWMAN emblazoned across the back. An incredulous judge once compared&nbsp;him to the gangster &ldquo;Baby Face&rdquo; Nelson. He seemed more an urban legend than a real person&mdash;and then his story got even stranger. Years later, while he was in prison for cocaine possession, Wershe claimed he had been working with the FBI since he was 14.&nbsp;Was one of Detroit&rsquo;s most notorious&nbsp;criminals also one of the feds&rsquo; most valuable informants in the city?</p> <p> Journalist Evan Hughes set out to untangle fact from fiction in Wershe&rsquo;s improbable story,&nbsp;tracking down the dealers, cops, and federal agents who shared the streets with him and&nbsp;eventually meeting Wershe himself at the rural Michigan prison where he remains incarcerated. <em>The Trials of White Boy Rick</em> is a gripping true-crime saga of hidden motives and betrayed&nbsp;trust&mdash;and reveals never-before-reported information suggesting why Wershe is still behind&nbsp;bars.</p> <p> September 2014</p>
Published September 22, 2014

Justin Timberlake Has a Cold

Published August 27, 2014

Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas

Retracing Hunter S. Thompson’s famous steps, 40 years later.

Published August 26, 2014

Women at Work

Interviews with a receptionist, a factory worker, and others about life on the job. An excerpt from "Working."

Studs Terkel
Published August 15, 2014

Monk: The High Priest of Jazz

Published August 12, 2014

The Interior Stadium

Baseball's best writer on how he watches the game.

Published August 6, 2014

The Gangster Prince of Liberia

How a twentysomething small-time hoodlum from Florida may have become the most notorious murderer in Africa

Published August 6, 2014

Richard Branson Turns 50, Is Loaded

Inside the court of a troubled tycoon.

<p data-atavist-id="at53e12e91f03ae"> It's 6:20pm. The field drifts up towards us slowly and noiselessly. Twisting the burner toggle one last time, Sir Richard Branson looks back over his shoulder, grinning his famous grin. &quot;Bend your knees,&quot; he says cheerily, &quot;in case I fuck this up.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p data-atavist-id="at53e12e91f04ad"> Suddenly, the tiny wicker basket clatters into a 5ft-deep sea of crops and pitches over on to its side at an alarming angle. The air is filled with the smell of fresh runner beans, and there is a bump as we finally find the earth. The balloon is caught for a silent second by the chaos of broken vegetation. And then, as suddenly as it arrived, the balloon bounces free again, and, picked up by the wind, drifts away over Oxfordshire.&nbsp;</p>
Published July 7, 2014

What It's Like to Survive a Plane Crash

Twenty-five years ago, a plane crashed in Iowa. It broke apart, then burst into flames. Somehow 184 people lived.

Published July 30, 2013

Chris Jones

Project subtitle

<p>Episode 10: Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones before a live audience in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian magazine&nbsp;<em>Dec&acirc;t o Revistă</em>.</p>
Published July 15, 2013

Ted Conover

Episode 38

<p>Episode 38: Ted Conover, author of five books and the recent&nbsp;<em>Harper&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;article&nbsp;&ldquo;The Way of All Flesh.&rdquo;</p>