The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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1. Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

Anonymous | June 3, 2016 | 30 minutes (7,470 words)

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.

2. Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City

Nikole Hannah-Jones | The New York Times | June 9, 2016 | 12 minutes (10,129 words)

A deep dive into our nation’s entrenched problem with school segregation. Hannah-Jones explains how she and her husband decided to send their daughter to a local public school filled with mostly black and Latino students from disadvantaged backgrounds. That school, P.S. 307, has emerged as an example of the clash occurring over integration.

3. Ripple Effect

Ben Paynter | Wired | June 1, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,250 words)

Poisoned water, public distrust, citizen activism─Flint, Michigan is suffering an epidemic, but as one radicalized water engineer points out, when it comes to lead poisoning, the problem is nationwide.

4. Body on the Moor

Jon Manel | BBC News | June 7, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,474 words)

In December 2015, a man was found dead in Saddleworth Moor in Northern England. Six months later, detectives have yet to identify him. Who is he — and why did he travel 200 miles to die there?

5. Unfriendly Climate

Sonia Smith | Texas Monthly | May 2016 | 14 minutes (6,100 words)

In Texas, one respected Christian atmospheric scientist uses the Bible to make the case why other Christians—frequently political conservatives—need to treat global warming as a global moral issue. Not everyone is listening.


from Longreads Blog https://blog.longreads.com/2016/06/10/the-top-5-longreads-of-the-week-121/

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