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By Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

Think you’re friends with Facebook? Think again.

The Troll on the Hill

By Tim Murphy

Rising GOP star Justin Amash is battling government spying—and his party’s leadership—one tweet at a time.

The Incredible, Hypothetical Egg

By Sydney Brownstone

Food hackers are taking on factory farms with imposter animal products that’ll make you forget the real stuff.

Triumph of the Drill

By Andy Kroll

Presidents hate them. Industry execs say they’re pointless. So why are we still giving billions in tax breaks to Big Oil?

From Russia, With Love

Photos by Mads Nissen; Text by Hannah Levintova

Laid off and broke, more surburban families are peddling pot to get by.

Friend or Foe?

By Matthieu Aikins

Why did a 17-year-old, poetry-writing cop kill three Marines? No one knows, but his tale may be key to Afghanistan’s future.


Mixed Media

Food + Health


Stephanie Mencimer (“His Excellency Will See You Now“) was introduced to both grammar and family planning by Catholic nuns.

1 Tim Murphy (“The Troll on the Hill“) crashed on the couch of one of Rep. Justin Amash’s high school classmates.

2 Sydney Brownstone (“The Incredible, Hypothetical Egg“), a former Mother Jones editorial fellow, writes for Fast Company. The story’s illustration is by 3 Ross MacDonald, whose first job was on a chicken farm; the photograph is by Matthew Reamer.

Though he’s now a DC bike-share addict, reporter Andy Kroll (“Triumph of the Drill“) fondly remembers pumping gas into his first car, a hand-me-down Geo Prizm.

Hannah Levintova (“From Russia, With Love“) was born in Boston but grew up speaking Russian at home; in November, she will report from Moscow on an exchange program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists.

4 Mads Nissen decided to document Russia’s LGBT scene after traveling to the country to teach narrative photography.

5 Matthieu Aikins (“Friend or Foe?“) has covered Afghanistan since 2008 for publications including The Atlantic, GQ, and Harper’s.

6 Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini worked as an assistant on New York City fashion shoots before becoming a conflict photographer.

Tim Murphy Sydney Brownstone
Ross MacDonald
Mads Nissen Matthieu Aikins
Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini