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Barbed wire

Most of us will never know what life in prison is really like, but criminal justice reporter Shane Bauer had a wild idea to gain access: for four months he worked undercover as a guard at a private prison.More

The Blue Sword

Nicola Griffith recommends Robin McKinley's "The Blue Sword."More

Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment.More

Bastøy Prison from the air

For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries. She points to Norway as a model of humane reform.More

Dazzle of the Day

Karen Joy Fowler bookmarks "Dazzle of Day" by Molly Gloss.More

Attica Prison entrance

The Attica Prison riot is remembered as one of the bloodiest and savage of its kind, but historian Heather Ann Thompson is challenging that familiar narrative.More

"Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.

Novelist Richard Powers bookmarks "Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.More

Season of Migration to the North

Hanan Al-Shaykh bookmarks "Season of Migration to the North" by Tayeb Salih.More

athlete

You know those moments when everything clicks and you’re performing at your peak? There’s a science behind flow states.More

basketball

Neuroscientist John Krakauer blasts the “dumb jock” stereotype with research on the cognitive brilliance of athletes.More

shoe

So you’re a serious runner? Consider the Self-Transcendence Race, running around the same half-mile loop for 3,100 miles.More

Tommy Caldwell, at his base camp in the middle of the Dawn Wall.

Tommy Caldwell talks about his lifelong obsession with climbing.More

Kafka was the Rage

Jonathan Lethem bookmarks "Kafka Was the Rage" by Anatole Broyard.More

Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd of "We Live Here"

Two St. Louis podcasters — Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd — take the conversation about race to a national level with "We Live Here." More

Bobby Norfolk

Master storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings the Negro League’s iconic players to life.More

Marina Abramovic

For more than 40 years, Marina Abramovic has been testing what’s permissible — and physically possible — in art.More

violin

Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.More

Li

Author Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.More

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