The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, July 19, 2014

From a school forced by a brutal testing regime into a cheating scandal to a 14-hour trip to T.G.I Friday’s, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Wrong Answer

Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker

In the era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.

My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small Screen

Larry Smith, Matter

The other true story behind Orange is the New Black.

The Culture Warrior in Winter

Tiffany Stanley, National Journal

Richard Land’s fall and the end of the religious right.

Losing Sparta

Esther Kaplan, Virginia Quarterly Review

The bitter truth behind the gospel of productivity.

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Are the Authoritarians Winning?

Michael Ignatieff, New York Review of Books

The Bearable Lightness of Being

Der Spiegel

How Germans are learning to like themselves.

My 14-Hour Search for the End of T.G.I. Friday’s Endless Appetizers

Caity Weaver, Gawker

How many mozzarella sticks do you want to eat for $10?

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