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The Cocaine Kings of the Pittsburgh Pirates

In the early ’80s, an A/C repairman, an unemployed photographer and a Major League mascot became the dealers of choice for the city’s sports stars – and changed baseball history along the way.

These Vietnamese Girls Were Abducted and Sold in China. One Daring Group of Do-Gooders Kidnapped Them Back.

When hundreds of young women were sent off to brothels, factories and eager husbands across the border, a local children’s foundation hatched a heroic rescue plan.

They Were Brought to the U.S. as Kids—Then Sent Back to a Country They Barely Know

As Trump’s wall threatens to become a reality, four Mexicans deported under Obama watch their hopes of returning slip away.

I Was an Extra in a North Korean Propaganda Film

As a visiting documentary filmmaker, I got a rare up-close look at Kim Jong Il’s fanciful film industry. Then they turned the cameras on me.

What Really Happened to Aaron Robertson’s Sperm?

Stricken with a terminal illness, he froze his sperm before he died, but when his wife went back six years later it was gone. Does another family have their kids?

One Man’s Daring Escape from Mao’s Darkest Prison

In 1958, thousands of Chinese citizens were sent to brutal labor camps where life was hell and leaving was impossible—but that didn't stop one man from trying. Half a century later, his long lost story is finally told.

They Called Her Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

The mysterious case of the first female U.S. District Attorney, and the morbid murder investigation that put her on the map.

50 Years Ago Our Best Friend Was Sent to Vietnam. The Luck of the Draw Still Haunts Us.

The three of us grew up on the same street in The Bronx. Then I found a way out of the war, Frank narrowly escaped, and Stevie was lost to history.

In This Mexican City, Trans People Are Celebrated. So Why Do They Feel So Left Out?

The people of Juchitán have long shown love for their gender-bending “muxes.” But beyond the glitz and glamor, some say pageantry is no substitute for equal rights.

A Guy Walks Into a Bar…and Is Never Seen Again

On spring break in 2006, an Ohio State med student vanished into thin air. A decade later, his friends and family are still aching for answers.

How Trump Seduced the White Working Class By Preying on Their Physical Pain

Can an actual ache in their bones explain why so many Rust Belt voters flocked to the New York billionaire? A coalminer’s grandson digs deep to find out.

This Long Island Drag Queen Was North America’s Top Tupperware Seller—Until She Came Out as Trans

Suburban housewives loved the wig-and-heels shtick. But when the Queen of Tupperware declared it was much more than an act, her loyal legions started to defect.

How One Fast Food Superfan Brought a Beloved Cult Chain Back From the Dead

This Orange County web developer had an insatiable craving for a cheesy California taco-burger chain that shuttered back in 1995. Soon he realized he wasn’t alone.

The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunneled Through a Toilet to Freedom

Imprisoned by the Germans, three North American soldiers spent every day in the latrine, scraping away until they reached the other side.

Fidel Castro Is Dead. What Will Cuban-Americans Like Me Do Now?

Our parents and grandparents fought the dictator for half a century. Can young people finally repair the tortured relationship between our two homelands?

My High School Girlfriend Became America’s Most Wanted Drug Queenpin

I lost my virginity to the baddest goth girl at theater camp. When I tracked her down fifteen years later I discovered just how dangerous Liz Barrer really was.

What It’s Really Like When a Prison ‘Lifer’ Gets a New Shot at Life

Ricardo Sapienza served 25 years for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. But his hardest challenge began the day the parole board finally said “yes.”

This Political Consultant Found His True Calling — by Becoming Teddy Roosevelt

Joe Wiegand once dreamed of being president. Now this disillusioned politico makes a living impersonating his favorite former head of state.

The Embattled Bad Boy of Major League Baseball

Thirty years ago today Kevin Mitchell played a crucial role in the '86 Mets' miraculous World Series championship. Ever since, he’s been called a clubhouse cancer and a violent thug. Finally, Mitchell shares his side of the story.

Did I Kill Anyone in Iraq? The Truth Is, I’ll Never Know.

In the murky world of modern warfare, I'm far from the only one who wonders if any of my bullets ever took out a civilian.

Why I’ve Always Been Silent About Israel and Palestine. And Why I’m Speaking Out Now.

My great-great-grandparents were among the first Zionists. But once I finally started talking, I learned I’m not the only one grappling with my thoughts on the Jewish state.

Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia. And She Just Won.

How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.

I Was a Hells Angel for 40 Years. This is the One Time I Doubted the Outlaw Lifestyle.

During an especially violent clash with a rival club, I began to wonder how long I’d last.