A2A Long Reads | 7.30.17
Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course). This week’s long reads are courtesy of POLITICO, The New Yorker, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times and Wired UK.
How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick
At the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, foreign and wealthy patients are common, as are hanging Andy Warhol art prints and farmers markets. Just outside these walls though, lies a community shrouded in poverty and poor health. This might be one of the world’s greatest hospitals, but who is it meant to serve?
An ex-cop’s remorse
The only thing worse than knowing an innocent man has spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is knowing that you played a hand in putting him there. In this introspective long read from The New Yorker, an ex-cop learns that “getting an innocent man out of jail is way, way, way harder than putting a guilty man in jail.”
About a Boy: A transgender teen at the tipping point (Part 1)
Just as U.S. President Donald Trump made international headlines this week for once again revoking the rights of transgender people, The Oregonian‘s Casey Parks shares the story of one transgender teen’s first three years of high school. Welcome to part one of Jay’s story. (Be sure to look out for part two and three of this series in the A2A Long Reads in the next few weeks.
Busted: How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue
“It was like Yelp for prostitution.” That’s how Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Valiant Richey would eventually describe the sophisticated, tech-savvy, online prostitution network in Bellevue, Washington. Forget about what you think you know about prostitution rings. This is a different level of organized crime.
False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes
The concept of repressed memories is no stranger to controversy. While scientifically unsubstantiated, some alternative practices such as hypnotherapy and psychotherapy continue to encourage patients to access repressed memories in the hopes of explaining emotional turmoil. But how does one distinguish repressed memories from imagined ones? WIRED UK’s Emma Bryce shares one researcher’s quest to prove that some memories are false- and can have devastating consequences in the criminal justice system.
These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.