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The Drone Papers On The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill, et al write about a trove of leaked information from a whistleblower about the US drone assassination program.

The Slippery Colonial Slope of Travel Journalism In a 2013 article in Maisonneueve, Christopher Szabla writes about the sometimes incidentally colonialist paradigm of adventure journalism.

Trusting Experts: Can We Reconcile STS and Social Psychology? On CASTAC.org, Shreeharsh Kelkar writes about the trouble with assigning experts the role of arguing from facts and everyone else from emotion.

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning In Hakai Magazine, Ann Finkbeiner writes about anthropologists and seismologists who teamed up to divine geological history from Pacific Northwest Native Americans' tales of earthquakes and tsunamis.

Funny Money: When Mangled Coins and Defaced Currency Become Works of Art In Collectors Weekly, Ben Marks writes about a collector of odd money.

Who is the Boy in the Box? (Part One) In a 2006 article in Philadelphia Magazine, an anonymous article about a still-unsolved child murder that took place in the city in the 1950s. (Part Two)

The Boy in the Box: Still Unsolved After 57 Years In the Saturday Evening Post, Jeff Nilsson provides a brief overview of the unsolved murder.

What Would You Do If You Found A Bag of Human Ashes? In Philadelphia Magazine, Liz Spikol writes about her experience with finding abandoned cremated remains.

Oklahoma Halts Executions After Using Wrong Drug on Inmates On ABC, Sean Murphy writes about the recent discovery that at least two men were executed using an inferior substitute to the drug prescribed for use in executions.

Inside the Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter In Mother Jones, Mark Follman writes about threat assessment teams, behavioral crime units that attempt to prevent mass shootings by identifying potential shooters and intervening in their lives directly.

The Story of the First Mass Murderer In U.S. History In Smithsonian, Patrick Sauer writes about the largely forgotten case of Howard Unruh, a disgruntled man who carried out a shooting rampage in 1949.

Vidocq Society - The Murder Club In The Guardian, Ed Pilkington writes about a club of law enforcement specialists who meet monthly for lunch and to consider cold case murders.

A Stolen Boy, An Angry Loner, An Underground Bunker On the Wall Street Journal Michael M Phillips writes about a 2013 standoff between the FBI and a hostage taker in Alabama.

Unbearable Lightning On Campo Santo, Duncan Fyfe writes about the man who was struck by lightning more than any other human being.


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