We asked writers and thinkers to tell us: What were the most important events of 2015—and what were the least?
UFO sightings are common in America. So is a lack of political transparency.
The quirky history behind the secret, full-scale invasion that the United States once planned for Canada, and vice versa.
Environmentalists are increasingly hugging people, not trees. Can solving climate change and achieving “climate justice” become the same thing?
Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but good intentions do not always make good policy. That sentence on mandatory minimum sentencing—that bugbear of criminal justice...
Why it’s the duty of every white American to burn a Confederate flag.
An alphabetical update to important stories that have fallen off the front page, from the existence of Atlantis to the Spice Girls’ decline.
Clemency is supposed to be a “fail-safe” in our judicial system. Thanks to a handful of powerful, well-paid political appointees, that notion is proving lethally incorrect.
A photographer earns the trust of marijuana farmers in California’s “Emerald Triangle,” as the clandestine world of cannabis cultivation begins to open up.
Dramatic photography from one of British Columbia’s most stunning spaces, under constant threat from mining development.
Whenever lethal injection drugs are unavailable, Utah will allow death-row prisoners to choose death by firing squad, citing it as the most “humane” option.
Brief updates on important stories that have tumbled off the front page—“Carry That Weight,” Brownbackonomics, the ice bucket challenge, homophobia in Russia, and more.