Longreads Best of 2018: Investigative Reporting
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in investigative reporting. Villarosa’s unflinching examination of giving birth while black in America has stayed with me.
Abundance has made fat an enemy, but it’s been a friend to humans for millennia
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The Last Curious Man
Chris Bourdain is searching for a word that he cannot quite find. We’re sitting together in a small café in Grand Central Terminal, drinking table wine and talking about his late older brother, Anthony.
Brexit (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO
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The Tragedy of Mental Illness in American Prisons
At the time of his death, following a violent altercation with guards, Karl Taylor was one of thousands of mentally ill inmates who are confined to institutions that are supremely ill-equipped to handle them.
From the quest for digital money and history of Bitcoin, to the emergence of Ethereum and smart contracts, this short presentation from Linda Xie (co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital, and former product manager at Coinbase) covers a practical introduction and tour through key terms and concepts in the crypto(currencies, tokens, networks) space.
The talk was given at a16z’s annual innovation summit, which features invited speakers from various organizations discussing innovation and the evolution of tech trends. So beyond solving existing problems and use cases, what completely new applications does crypto also enable?
Crypto, Beyond Silk Road
As a former Department of Justice prosecutor, Katie Haun set up the first-ever “cryptocurrency task force” for the U.S. government. She also led the investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force — the first cases of the U.S. government using the bitcoin blockchain to fight fraud, not just against criminals but against their own.
Haun — Coinbase board member, Stanford lecturer, and now general partner on a16z crypto — shares that story in this talk, originally delivered at a16z’s annual innovation summit, which features invited speakers from various organizations discussing innovation and the evolution of tech trends. So she further dispels some misconceptions about crypto, sharing use cases beyond speculation around the world, where crypto is being used to address hyperinflation, help the unbanked, ease international remittances, and more.
Pornhub Is the Kinsey Report of Our Time
Waking up on a Sunday morning, I received a text about what happened after I left the previous night’s party. “Everyone got high and we played truth or dare. Ted and Ivan docked.” “Are you serious?” I replied. “I thought that only happened in porn.
Porn sites collect more user data than Netflix or Hulu. This is what they do with it.
The biggest and perhaps best source of data about what people like to watch on the internet and what they would pay for doesn’t come from streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu. It comes from porn.