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Story Pick: The Madoff Tapes

"One evening, my home phone rang. “You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,” a recording announced. And there he was." And with that opening, Steve Fishman's piece in New York magazine, The Madoff...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Story Pick: I Can't Think!

Much has been written about the rushed and somewhat disappointing debut of the new Newsweek. Slate's Jack Shafer calls it "a meal that a homeless person would walk away from." Choire Sicha wrote in The Awl that the issue would...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 9, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Story Pick: Tina Fey, Witches, Hollywood and Working Mothers

I had just finished spending time in Frederick County, where a devout Mormon County Commissioner’s comments about the “ideal” role of a mother – in the home caring for her children – sparked and uproar. I was drawn to the...

By Brigid Schulte  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pick of the Day: The People V. Football

Today's pick is a flawless story by GQ's Jeanne Marie Laskas (hat tip to Gangrey and Nieman Storyboard) about the slow demise of former Minnesota Vikings player Fred McNeill, caused by repeated head injuries incurred while playing football. What makes...

By Annys Shin  | February 25, 2011; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pick of the Day: On solar flares and iPod thieves

Wednesday brought the sad news that a good portion of the staff at TBD.com is being let go as the site's owners, Allbritton Communications, rejiggers things. Much has been made of the rivalry between our two media organizations, but if...

By Annys Shin  | February 24, 2011; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Bullet holes in the bumper

Dangerous occupations make for good stories because they present a situation where the tension is built in. Just the answers to the questions, "Who takes these jobs?" "Why?" and "Will they survive the day?" are compelling. There's a sense of...

By Annys Shin  | February 23, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: Wallet found after 40 years, Annys Shin , February 22, 2011
Story pick: The cost of free time, Christian Davenport , February 18, 2011
Story pick: Coughing up copy, one hairball at a time, Christian Davenport , February 17, 2011
Story pick: Master mentors, Christian Davenport , February 15, 2011
Story pick: Late, but early, Christian Davenport , February 14, 2011
Story pick: More than a name change, Theresa Vargas , February 11, 2011
Story pick: Why a sports owner's lawsuit matters, Theresa Vargas , February 10, 2011
Story pick: Ed Lowe, Himself, Theresa Vargas , February 9, 2011
Story pick: Death investigation in America, Theresa Vargas , February 8, 2011
Story Pick: A town where football greats are raised, Theresa Vargas , February 7, 2011
Story Pick: Amish Milk Smugglers, Brigid Schulte , February 4, 2011
Story pick: Dan Snyder is an angry man, Brigid Schulte , February 3, 2011
Story pick: Happy Groundhog Day, Brigid Schulte , February 2, 2011
Story pick: Roaring about the Tiger Mother, Brigid Schulte , February 1, 2011
Story pick: Al Jazeera English for all things Egypt, Brigid Schulte , January 31, 2011
Story pick: 'The Mommy-Fight Site', J. Freedom du Lac , January 28, 2011
Story pick: 'Sabermetrician In Exile', J. Freedom du Lac , January 26, 2011
Story pick: A forger's story , J. Freedom du Lac , January 25, 2011
Story pick: Jack LaLanne's good living, J. Freedom du Lac , January 24, 2011
Story pick: A growing taste for long form?, Steve Hendrix , January 21, 2011
Story pick: Sex and life, with footnotes, Steve Hendrix , January 20, 2011
Story pick: Tucson summarized, Steve Hendrix , January 18, 2011
Story pick: Looking for Mr. Stud, Ian Shapira , January 14, 2011
Story pick: Chronicles of Loughner, Ian Shapira , January 13, 2011
Story pick: Four lives, one YMCA, Ian Shapira , January 12, 2011
Story Pick: The toppling of Saddam's statue, Ian Shapira , January 11, 2011
Story pick: Arizona's political climate, Ian Shapira , January 10, 2011
Story pick: The Shah's son kills himself, Marc Fisher , January 6, 2011
Story pick: A world of music for $100, Marc Fisher , January 3, 2011
Story pick: 'Art of the Steal', J. Freedom du Lac , December 30, 2010
Story pick: 'The Courage of Jill Costello', J. Freedom du Lac , December 29, 2010
Story pick: The Civil War goes social, J. Freedom du Lac , December 28, 2010
Story pick: Guess who's coming to dinner, J. Freedom du Lac , December 27, 2010
Above the Russian Law, Ian Shapira , December 23, 2010
Proving Santa is real, one iPhone app at a time, Ian Shapira , December 22, 2010
Story pick: The death of email, Ian Shapira , December 21, 2010
John McPhee on writing leads, Ian Shapira , December 20, 2010
Story pick: Stupid criminals, Christian Davenport , December 17, 2010
Story pick: The homeless homeless advocate, Christian Davenport , December 14, 2010
Story pick: The loneliest position, Christian Davenport , December 13, 2010
Story pick: A mother's Facebook story, Annys Shin , December 10, 2010
Story Pick: Project Empowerment, Annys Shin , December 9, 2010
Profiling Elizabeth Edwards , Annys Shin , December 8, 2010
Saying goodbye to Cabrini-Green, Annys Shin , December 7, 2010
Capturing what it's like to be a kid , Annys Shin , December 6, 2010
Story pick: A father's heartbreaking devotion, Steve Hendrix , December 3, 2010
Story pick: The rough side of Rio, Steve Hendrix , December 2, 2010
Story pick: Writers got game(s), Steve Hendrix , November 30, 2010
Story pick: On the Butterball, Michael S. Rosenwald , November 24, 2010
Story pick: Not about the future of news, Michael S. Rosenwald , November 23, 2010
Story pick: The man behind Panda Express, Michael S. Rosenwald , November 22, 2010
Story pick: A middle class life, unraveled , Theresa Vargas , November 19, 2010
Story pick: Father Christmas, Theresa Vargas , November 18, 2010
Story pick: La Violencia, Theresa Vargas , November 17, 2010
Story pick: Before fear and loathing, a job search, Theresa Vargas , November 16, 2010
Story pick: On the trail of terrorists, Theresa Vargas , November 15, 2010
Story pick: 'Case of the Vanishing Blonde', J. Freedom du Lac , November 12, 2010
Story pick: Ticketmaster, the company people love to hate, J. Freedom du Lac , November 11, 2010
Pick of the day: Josh Hamilton's classic comeback, J. Freedom du Lac , November 10, 2010
Pick of the day: 'Paint and Suffering', J. Freedom du Lac , November 8, 2010
Pick of the day: Heartbreak in The Bronx, Paul Schwartzman , November 4, 2010
Pick of the day: Lincecum's Freak Chronicles, Paul Schwartzman , November 3, 2010
Pick of the day: The ballad of Jay and Conan, Paul Schwartzman , November 2, 2010
Story pick: Electing Young Boozer, Michael S. Rosenwald , October 28, 2010
Story pick: The definitive Gary Condit profile, Michael S. Rosenwald , October 27, 2010
Story pick: A man and his house, Michael S. Rosenwald , October 26, 2010
Story pick: Remembering Carla Cohen, Michael S. Rosenwald , October 25, 2010
Story Pick: On searing steak, Christian Davenport , October 22, 2010
Story pick: The rhythm of the day, Christian Davenport , October 21, 2010
Story pick: Concussions, football and the brain, Christian Davenport , October 19, 2010
Story pick: Afghanistan's first responders, Christian Davenport , October 18, 2010
Story pick: When firefighters let a house burn, Marc Fisher , October 14, 2010
Story pick: A close-up of Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, Theresa Vargas , October 8, 2010
Story pick: The undocumented, Theresa Vargas , October 7, 2010
Story pick: Satan (sometimes) wears a flag pin, Theresa Vargas , October 6, 2010
Story pick: 90 is the new 70, Theresa Vargas , October 5, 2010
Story pick: An often-invisible, life-altering wound, Theresa Vargas , October 4, 2010
Story pick: Janet Cooke and "Jimmy's World", Annys Shin , October 2, 2010
Story pick: How to profile Glenn Beck, Annys Shin , October 1, 2010
Story pick: The HBO auteur turned genius, Annys Shin , September 29, 2010
Story pick: "The trunk case", Annys Shin , September 28, 2010
Story pick: Defending a killer on Death Row, Annys Shin , September 27, 2010
Story pick: The fighting lady, Brigid Schulte , September 24, 2010
Story pick: Demon sheep and floating heads, Brigid Schulte , September 23, 2010
Story pick: The boxer and the blonde, Brigid Schulte , September 22, 2010
Story pick: The end of English, Brigid Schulte , September 21, 2010
Story pick: The sweet science of boxing, Brigid Schulte , September 20, 2010
Story pick: The alpha autistic, Steve Hendrix , September 16, 2010
Story pick: The deconstruction of Adrian Fenty, Steve Hendrix , September 15, 2010
Story pick: The face behind Facebook, Steve Hendrix , September 14, 2010
Story pick: Beyond 9/11, Brigid Schulte , September 10, 2010
Story pick: Kochtopus, Brigid Schulte , September 9, 2010
Story pick: How not to be boring, Brigid Schulte , September 8, 2010
Pick of the day: Lessons from oil spills past, Brigid Schulte , September 7, 2010
Pick of the day: Back to school in Florida, Christian Davenport , September 3, 2010
Pick of the day: Holy (wow) stories, Christian Davenport , September 2, 2010
Pick of the day: On the eve of war in Iraq, Christian Davenport , September 1, 2010
Pick of the day: Molly the pony, Christian Davenport , August 31, 2010
Pick of the day: Post-war lit, Christian Davenport , August 30, 2010
Pick of the day: 'Frank Cho's World', J. Freedom du Lac , August 27, 2010
Pick of the day: 'Thank you for not screaming', J. Freedom du Lac , August 26, 2010
Story pick: 'Inside the secret world of Trader Joe's', J. Freedom du Lac , August 25, 2010
Pick of the day: 'Danger: Lions, tides, and barrels', J. Freedom du Lac , August 24, 2010
Pick of the day: 'The Transistor Kid', J. Freedom du Lac , August 23, 2010
Pick of the day: Fenty v. Gray, Annys Shin , August 21, 2010
Pick of the day: Yellow tape, Blue Gloves, Annys Shin , August 19, 2010
Pick of the day: Pants v. Pelicans, Annys Shin , August 17, 2010
Pick of the Day: Finding stories anywhere , Annys Shin , August 16, 2010
Story pick: Roommates from Israel and Gaza, Brigid Schulte , August 13, 2010
Story pick: Segregated high school reunion, segregation, high school reunion, Miami Herald, Robert Samuels, , August 12, 2010
Story pick: Indices of life, Brigid Schulte , August 11, 2010
Story pick: Flight attendant's mad getaway, Brigid Schulte , August 10, 2010
Story pick: Confronting cancer, Brigid Schulte , August 9, 2010
Pick of the day: For and about Washington, Christian Davenport , August 6, 2010
Pick of the day: Soldiers and YouTube, Christian Davenport , August 5, 2010
Pick of the day: Thinking about thinking about life, Christian Davenport , August 4, 2010
Pick of the day: Thinking about thinking, Christian Davenport , August 3, 2010
Story pick: NPR goes toxic, Michael Rosenwald , August 2, 2010
Story pick: When bugs take over , Theresa Vargas , July 30, 2010
Story pick: Beyond baristas, Theresa Vargas , July 29, 2010
Story pick: How the Grim Sleeper got his name, Theresa Vargas , July 27, 2010
Story pick: Finding evidence of child abuse, Theresa Vargas , July 26, 2010
Story pick: Unpaid bills and good deeds, Marc Fisher , July 19, 2010
Bonus pick: Surviving an even bigger quake, Steve Hendrix , July 16, 2010
Story pick: Big wheels keep on turning, Steve Hendrix , July 14, 2010
Story pick: Shut up, already!, Steve Hendrix , July 12, 2010
Pick of the day: LeBron at 18, Annys Shin , July 9, 2010
Story pick: The bus doctor, Annys Shin , July 8, 2010
Story pick: Knocking on America's doors, Annys Shin , July 6, 2010
Story pick: The Byrd obits, Paul Schwartzman , June 29, 2010
Story pick: Funny and true stuff about Don Rickles, Paul Schwartzman , June 28, 2010
Story Pick: More McChrystal bad press, Ian Shapira , June 23, 2010
Story Pick: GQ on Gulf's rigworkers, Ian Shapira , June 21, 2010
Story Pick: The End of Men, Theresa Vargas , June 18, 2010
Story Pick: And the mayor before him, Theresa Vargas , June 17, 2010
Story Pick: Behind the torment , Theresa Vargas , June 16, 2010
Story Pick: A Tormenting Tale, Theresa Vargas , June 15, 2010
Story Pick: Meet the OGs, Theresa Vargas , June 14, 2010
Story pick: 'Junk Man' comes clean about hoarding, J. Freedom du Lac , June 11, 2010
Story pick: Strasburgmania comes into focus, J. Freedom du Lac , June 10, 2010
Story pick: 'The time I crash-landed', J. Freedom du Lac , June 9, 2010
Story pick: Burkittsville's 'Blair Witch' curse, J. Freedom du Lac , June 8, 2010
Story pick: How a soccer star Is made, J. Freedom du Lac , June 7, 2010
Story pick: The lonely monkey, Brigid Schulte , June 4, 2010
Story pick: Prelude to a tragedy, Brigid Schulte , June 3, 2010
Pick of the day: Just people reading, Brigid Schulte , June 1, 2010
Pick of the day: Thinking of Memorial Day, Christian Davenport , May 27, 2010
Pick of the Day: You can't make this stuff up, Christian Davenport , May 26, 2010
Pick of the Day: Henry Allen on the prestige of combat, Christian Davenport , May 25, 2010
Pick of the day: "A mayoral fencing match", Christian Davenport , May 24, 2010
Pick of the day: Geriatric ex-gangsters, Annys Shin , May 20, 2010
A profile in precociousness, Annys Shin , May 17, 2010
Story pick: Susan Orlean and wheels, Brigid Schulte , May 14, 2010
Story pick: The only openly gay male athlete, Brigid Schulte , May 13, 2010
Story pick: Arresting images , Brigid Schulte , May 12, 2010
Story pick: The lasting effects of oil spills, Brigid Schulte , May 11, 2010
Story pick: The mysteries of our mothers, Brigid Schulte , May 10, 2010
Story pick: Caught on tape , Theresa Vargas , May 7, 2010
Story pick: A deadly text , Theresa Vargas , May 6, 2010
Story pick: A joint adventure, Theresa Vargas , May 5, 2010
Story pick: Turning the lens on immigration, Theresa Vargas , May 4, 2010
Story pick: An unsympathetic subject, Theresa Vargas , May 3, 2010
Story pick: Do you speak Icelandic?, Ian Shapira , April 30, 2010
Story pick: The weird science of dog sniffers, Ian Shapira , April 29, 2010
Story Pick: Sarah Palin Inc., Ian Shapira , April 27, 2010
Pick of the day: 30 years of D.C. rock, Marc Fisher , April 19, 2010
Pick of the day: Can animals be gay? , Steve Hendrix , April 14, 2010
An index for 9-11, Michael S. Rosenwald , April 9, 2010
The man behind Wikileaks, Michael S. Rosenwald , April 8, 2010
Vanished jobs: Remember the pinsetter?, Michael S. Rosenwald , April 7, 2010
It's baseball season and Roger Angell must be happy, Michael S. Rosenwald , April 6, 2010
Despite the iPad, Steve Jobs will die someday, Michael S. Rosenwald , April 5, 2010
Pick of the Day: "A Wisdom About Hunger", Annys Shin , March 31, 2010
A farewell to Gilbert Arenas's mother, Annys Shin , March 30, 2010
Pick of the day: Angry people who drink tea, Annys Shin , March 29, 2010
Pick of the Day: Believe in the bloom, Christian Davenport , March 26, 2010
Pick of the day: Staying with the big story, Christian Davenport , March 25, 2010
Pick of the Day: Keeping the war in view, Christian Davenport , March 24, 2010
Pick of the Day: Thinking of summer, Christian Davenport , March 22, 2010
Pick of the Day: A baseball classic, Paul Schwartzman , March 19, 2010
Pick of the Day: The power shvitz, Paul Schwartzman , March 18, 2010
Pick of the Day: Inside the Tea Party, Paul Schwartzman , March 17, 2010
Pick of the Day: Heeeere's Johnny! (Again), Paul Schwartzman , March 16, 2010
Pick of the Day: We're all ears, Paul Schwartzman , March 15, 2010
Pick of the Day: Peter Chang, in stereo, J. Freedom du Lac , March 11, 2010
Pick of the Day: Inside the real hurt locker , J. Freedom du Lac , March 10, 2010
Pick of the Day: Star-gazing with Style, J. Freedom du Lac , March 9, 2010
Pick of the Day: Kathryn Bigelow's 'Action!', J. Freedom du Lac , March 8, 2010
Pick of the day: Multimedia magic on FLYP, Brigid Schulte , March 5, 2010
Pick of the Day: Lost soldiers, Brigid Schulte , March 4, 2010
Pick of the day: When humans adopt a chimp , Brigid Schulte , March 3, 2010
Pick of the day: Dana Milbank's inside baseball, Brigid Schulte , March 2, 2010
Pick of the day: Six degrees of Saddam Hussein, Steve Hendrix , February 25, 2010
Olympics dispatch: Writing about Ovechkin, Steve Hendrix , February 23, 2010
Pick of the day: A friendship forged in opera, Ian Shapira , February 19, 2010
Pick of the day: Wal-Mart vs. Whole Foods, Ian Shapira , February 17, 2010
Pick of the day: Chronicling life at a pay phone, Ian Shapira , February 16, 2010
Pick of the Day: NBA players read literature! , Ian Shapira , February 12, 2010
Pick of the day: 'Deep grief' when a child dies, Ian Shapira , February 11, 2010
Pick of the day: Inaction in the NFL, Ian Shapira , February 9, 2010
Cabin fever? Stories for the cold and snowbound, Marc Fisher , February 8, 2010
Pick of the Day: Kinky sex in Bethesda, Christian Davenport , February 5, 2010
Pick of the Day: The best weather story ever, Christian Davenport , February 4, 2010
Pick of the day: The iPad and the future of journalism, Christian Davenport , February 3, 2010
Pick of the day: Alt-weekly's take on debt collection , Christian Davenport , February 2, 2010
Pick of the day: Twitter's revolution by recommendation, Christian Davenport , February 1, 2010
Pick of the day: Giving birth in Haiti, Annys Shin , January 29, 2010
Pick of the Day: The Sanjay Gupta effect , Ian Shapira , January 20, 2010
Pick of the Day: Clean Rite Laundromat, Ian Shapira , January 19, 2010
Pick of the Day: Planet Money to unglaze the eyes, Brigid Schulte , January 15, 2010
Story Pick: In Haiti, Twitter now & essays then, Brigid Schulte , January 14, 2010
Had enough of steroids? Try amputees or native ball, Brigid Schulte , January 13, 2010
Pick of the Day: Readable health care reform , Brigid Schulte , January 12, 2010
Pick of the Day: When a man becomes a woman, Brigid Schulte , January 11, 2010
Pick of the Day: Namath all night long, Paul Schwartzman , January 7, 2010
Pick of the Day: A golden oldie, Paul Schwartzman , January 6, 2010
Pick of the Day: Toasting a legend the right way, Paul Schwartzman , January 5, 2010
Pick of the Day: The man behind the produce, Theresa Vargas , December 31, 2009
Pick of the Day: Love letters in the classifieds, Theresa Vargas , December 30, 2009
Pick of the Day: The toll of Alzheimer's , Theresa Vargas , December 29, 2009
Pick of the Day: Is that Santa slumped on your lawn?, Theresa Vargas , December 28, 2009
Pick of the Day: The cause of happiness, Marc Fisher , December 23, 2009
Pick of the Day: Hearing the colors, Marc Fisher , December 22, 2009
Pick of the Day: Reporting a snowball fight, Marc Fisher , December 21, 2009
Pick of the Day: Gary Smith's gift , J. Freedom du Lac , December 18, 2009
Pics of the Day: 'Greetings From San Francisco', J. Freedom du Lac , December 17, 2009
'I'll tweet my story of living with HIV', J. Freedom du Lac , December 15, 2009
Pick of the Day (Year?): "The Good Soldiers", J. Freedom du Lac , December 14, 2009
Pick of the day: Stuever on the season, Christian Davenport , December 11, 2009
Pick of the day: Writing the war home, Christian Davenport , December 10, 2009
Pick of the day: Good writing everywhere, Christian Davenport , December 9, 2009
Pick of the Day: Reporting the details, Christian Davenport , December 8, 2009
Pick of the day: "In the destructive element immerse", Christian Davenport , December 7, 2009
Pick of the day: Is this journalism?, Michael S. Rosenwald , December 4, 2009
Pick of the day: 40 years of Washington Monthly, Michael S. Rosenwald , December 3, 2009
Pick of the day: Can a scribe go carbon neutral?, Michael S. Rosenwald , December 2, 2009
Pick of the day: What caused Tiger to hibernate?, Michael S. Rosenwald , December 1, 2009
 
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