The chicken sandwich that became a religious icon, the tumultuous future of Yiddish, the struggle to be the world's largest ball of twine, and more...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Obama's Long Immigration Betrayal

To understand why activists are so angry at the president, you have to understand how close they've come—and how long they've waited.

Molly Ball

Chick-fil-A: Selling Chicken With a Side of God

S. Truett Cathy, the chain's late founder, consistently made business choices based on his Christian beliefs—and turned a humble sandwich into a religious symbol.

Emma Green


The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys

In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names.

Jenny Nordberg

Twisted: The Battle to Be the World's Largest Ball of Twine

Four behemoths vie for the title, but nobody has officially measured them all. Until now.

Tim Hwang

Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem

The language is mostly spoken by Orthodox Jews who want to set themselves apart from the modern world. Is there a future for Yiddish in other communities?

Tanya Basu

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread

Sarah Yager

Ladies Justice and Liberty, Lesbians

Ten years ago, illustrator Mirko Ilic combined three visual cliches to create a fresh, enduring emblem for gay marriage.

Steven Heller

When Schools Can't Get Online

About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated.

​Nichole Dobo

Feature: Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness

In the tight-knit communities of the far north, there are no roads, no police officers—and higher rates of sexual assault than anywhere else in the United States.

Sara Bernard

Video: What Is a Sandwich? (No, Seriously, Though)

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

In Focus: Photos of the Week: 9/6-9/12

This week we have photographs covering a beer-mug-carrying world record, 9/11 remembrances, a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, flooding in Arizona and Pakistan, Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, an early snowstorm in Calgary, independence demonstrations in Catalonia, and much more.

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