08.04.12 8:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for August 4, 2012
The Last Refuge of Radical America
Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Magazine
The Occupy movement is still wreaking havoc in Oakland, the world capital of anticapitalism.
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
How Paul Ryan captured the GOP.
The Long, Lawless Ride of Sheriff Joe
Joe Hagan, Rolling Stone
Locking up the innocent. Arresting his critics. Racial profiling. Meet America’s meanest and most corrupt politician.
Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik, Wired
The rabies virus remains a medical mystery.
Vera’s Kidney, Walter’s Money
Arndt Ginzel, Wolfgang Kraushaar and Steffen Winter, Der Spiegel
She was a poor Russian immigrant in Israel, he was a well-off German businessman. The case of Vera and Walter reveals a thriving illegal trade in kidneys and other organs—and shows how it is fueled by desperation.
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
Kiese Laymon, Gawker
Growing up black, and on parole in Mississippi.
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