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Sorting Through a Hoarder’s Lifetime of Clutter, We Learned the Meaning of Love

When my boyfriend took a job helping a widow clean out her house, among the urine-soaked rugs and years-old piles of laundry, I saw our relationship in a new light.

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.”

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.

A Racist Runs Through It

As the government-fighting Bundy brothers stand trial this month, supporters are quick to separate their anti-public lands crusade from their racist tirades. But a historical review finds that in the Wild West, privatization and hatred have always been intertwined.

Healing Hasidic Masturbators and Adulterers — With Psychiatric Drugs

These ultra-Orthodox Jews admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe.

Meet the 16-Year-Old Leader Of OCCUPY Rio’s Fiercest Standoff

All eyes (and billions of dollars) are focused on the Summer Olympics here, but Brazil’s teenagers just want decent schools. Violent clashes and death threats couldn’t deter Victor Grecco from fighting for his right to learn.

The Last Time New York Was Hardcore

Throughout the ’90s, one high-octane underground music scene desperately held on to its rebellious roots of power chords, slam dancing and stage diving. Whatever happened to hardcore?