NL Longform: Global

Longform writing on the people, politics and events that change the world.

Life Inside China's Social Credit Laboratory
The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens has already started.
  17 Minutes - by Simina Mistreanu for Foreign Policy


Twilight of the Bomb
One of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists returns to the crater of the first nuclear bomb on its 70th birthday.
 
25 Minutes - by Brian Merchant for Motherboard


Last Man Standing
A profile of Jim Mattis, the defense secretary once dismissed as a warmonger during the Obama presidency, who now holds one of the largest and longest-serving voices in the current administration.
  37 Minutes - by Robert F. Worth for The New York Times


  by Alex Haley
 65 mins
The Longest Interview Martin Luther King Jr. Ever Gave to the Press
Conducted shortly after he won the Nobel Peace Prize.


   by James Risen
 65 mins
The Biggest Secret
Life as a NYTimes reporter in the shadow of The War on Terror.


   by Joshua Wolf Shenk
 40 mins
Lincoln's Great Depression 
Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation


   by Winston Churchill
 21 mins
Famous Speech: Their Finest Hour
Painstakingly edited by Churchill until minutes before he delivered what is now known as one of the famous speeches ever written, the new Prime Minister looked to rally his countrymen as the German forces toppled France and threatened the future of the world order. 


   by James Risen
 65 mins
The Biggest Secret
Life as a NYTimes reporter in the shadow of The War on Terror.


  by Peter Gray
 11 mins
Economists are Obsessed with "Job Creation." How About Less Work?
Increased automation has not reduced our workload. Why not? What if it did?


  by Howard Zinn
Full Book: A People's History of the United States
Not without its faults or leaps, Howard Zinn's book strives to tell the true, complex history of the United States - covering everything from slavery to second-wave feminism to the rise of capitalism. 


  by Broadly.
 18 mins
VIDEO: Inside Danica Roem's Historic Victory
Danica Roem made history as the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state house—unseating an anti-trans Republican and inspiring people across the US.


  by Matthew Campbell
 25 mins
The Brothers Who Bought South Africa 
Africa’s most important economy now appears to function for the benefit of one powerful family—the Guptas.


  by William Gibson
 22 mins
RETRO: Disneyland with the Death Penalty
On the sanitized wonderland that is Singapore. 


  by Tim Alberta
 30 mins
John Boehner Unchained 
"His heckling once provoked Don Young, an Alaskan himself, to pin Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and hold a 10-inch knife to his throat. Boehner says he stared Young in the eyes and said, “Fuck you.”