03.24.12 8:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for March 24, 2012
The Song Machine
John Seabrook, The New Yorker
The hitmakers behind Rihanna.
The Age of Double Standards
Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect
American Airlines can declare bankruptcy and wipe away debt. But you can’t—and that’s just the beginning.
The Case Against Google
Matt Honan, Gizmodo
Is search no longer central to Google’s mission? And are its recent moves "evil" by its early company standards?
Nathaniel Rich, The New York Times Magazine
Since Katrina, the cartoonish pace of vegetation growth in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward resembles something out of a Chia Pet commercial.
Should Science Pull the Trigger?
Carl Zimmer, Wired
They could produce drugs that would zap the viruses behind common illnesses. But is it a good idea?
The Cardinal Sees Red
Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek
Cardinal Dolan is not satisfied with the Obama compromise on contraception. America’s pope girds for battle.
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