The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept. 22-28, 2014
From the drought in California to the women of ENIAC, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
By Alan Heathcock, Matter
The drought is now killing off century-old California farms. People here don’t blame the weather gods for not bringing rain — they blame the rest of us for not giving a damn.
By Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
The White House wants the Kurds to help save Iraq from ISIS. The Kurds may be more interested in breaking away.
By Dan P. Lee, New York Magazine
She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.
By Rob Brunner, Fast Company
The host of CNN's “Parts Unknown” (starting again on Sunday) wants to make a great show — and challenge some cultural assumptions.
by Walter Isaacson, Fortune
The revolutionary computing machine had switches that needed resetting, a seemingly menial job. Today we call it programming.
By Patrick Strudwick, Mosaic Science
What does it mean to be HIV positive in the UK today? Patrick Strudwick meets four people living with the virus to find out.