Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Warehouses, A Warlord, And A Wacky TB Tale
This week for BuzzFeed News, Natalie Shure describes surviving tuberculosis in the social media age. Read that and these other great stories.
1. Inconspicuous Consumption — BuzzFeed News
While volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ukraine in 2010, Natalie Shure contracted a severe version of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Two years of painful, isolating treatment taught her the vital role social media may play in finally eradicating this disease. Read it at BuzzFeed News.
2. Warehouse Empire — BuzzFeed News
Behind the largest undercover bribe the FBI ever paid to a public official is the story of how our whole consumer economy has been transformed, bringing lung-stunting pollution and, in some cases, political corruption. Jessica Garrison reports. Read it at BuzzFeed.
3. The Contestant — The California Sunday Magazine
A gripping and sad Daniel Alarcón story about a young woman who became a national sensation in Peru when she appeared on a secret-spilling gameshow — and then disappeared. Read it at The California Sunday Magazine.
4. The Spy Who Scammed Us — Outside Magazine
Jamie Smith ran a small counterterrorism empire based on his work in the CIA. His company won millions in government contracts, and his memoir was highly anticipated in the publishing world. But as Ace Atkins and Michael Fechter report, was his entire résumé a lie? Read it at Outside Magazine.
5. Gone Girls: Human Trafficking on the Home Front — Los Angeles Magazine
Mike Kessler reports on an overlooked crisis: “The sex trafficking of minors, we’ve come — or maybe want — to believe, is limited to developing nations, where wretched poverty leaves girls with few options. But too many children in Los Angeles County know that the sex trade has no borders.” Read it at Los Angeles Magazine.
6. My Terrifying Night With Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord — The New Republic
Jen Percy travels to rural Afghanistan to meet with a woman whose myth precedes her: “They called her Commander Pigeon because she moved and killed with the elegance of a bird.” Read it at The New Republic.
7. When Women Become Men at Wellesley — New York Times Magazine
Women’s colleges have found themselves in an unusual conundrum of late, forced to either matriculate or not matriculate, graduate or not graduate, trans students. As Ruth Padawer writes, the issue forces the question of what such schools are fundamentally for. Read it at the New York Times Magazine.
8. How New Nightmare Changed The Horror Game — BuzzFeed News
Twenty years ago, Louis Peitzman writes, Wes Craven resurrected Freddy Krueger in a meta-horror film that starred Nightmare on Elm Street lead Heather Langenkamp as herself. Now, the writer-director and star reflect on New Nightmare’s influence on the ever-evolving face of horror. Read it at BuzzFeed.