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In Today’s Issue:

  • The second round of our Longreads Bracket is here! Our judges read 16 of the most talked-about pieces of journalism published in August to find the one that’s most worth your time.

  • Today you’ll hear a little bit about the four semifinalists. Then we’ll ask you to read them yourself, and vote for your favorite.

  • And while you’re in the mood to read, check out something very special we just launched at The Atlantic: a new section of the site dedicated to our coverage of books!

Meet the Contenders

We started with 16 works of journalism published anywhere other than The Atlantic in August. Our panel of judges—a mix of Atlantic staffers and Masthead members—helped us narrow the field down to four gems. Here they are. (All images by Thanh Do)

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