The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 5, 2014

From the wolf hunters of Wall Street to the China’s crumbling high-speed rail empire, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

04.05.14 9:45 AM ET

Michael Lewis, The New York Times Magazine

How a band of outsiders discovered that the stock market was rigged — and set out to change it.

Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

The coal industry, the politicians, the big spill—inside West Virginia’s environment crisis.

Tom Zoellner, Foreign Policy

Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?

Rachel Giese, The Walrus

A new kind of sex ed for boys.

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David Amsden, Rolling Stone

The explosion of drugs like OxyContin has given way to a heroin epidemic ravaging the least likely corners of America—like bucolic Vermont, which has just woken up to a full-blown crisis.

Adam Fisher, Wired

Autonomous sailing craft could be used to gather information on the vast, untraveled reaches of the world’s oceans.

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