Of Deities and Demons

No one expected Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe to be killed with a homemade double-barreled weapon outside a train station in Nara, a city better known for its enormous 8th…

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Face To Face With Fat Man

Stepping out of the infernal desert heat, I’m welcomed into the reception area by a Fat Man, one of America’s first atomic weapons. The US nuclear legacy is on display inside the…

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Our Man in Rasht

In its 2022 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders ranked the Islamic Republic of Iran at 178 out of 180. Iranian journalists face some of the most oppressive conditions…

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Life Like an Accordion

The worst of the fighting has left the capital for now, but the city remains tense. Giant steel anti-tank barriers called “hedgehogs” stand in rows scattered every 500 meters like…

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400 Minutemen to Midnight

It’s early in the new year, but the hour is late. This week, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock would remain set at 100 seconds…

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Sentinel Landscapes

A sprawling residential development pushes up against an expanse of dense, green forest. We hear a voice speaking over the lush images: “Our nation is only getting more crowded. There’s…

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Covering the Bomb

In her 2020 book “Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World,” journalist and historian Lesley M.M. Blume tells the story of how John Hersey, a…

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Life During Wartime

Patrick O’Neill shifted in the front seat of his car, struggling to catch the best WiFi connection. Before we began talking, he called out to his wife, asking her to watch for a text from…

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