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Life and death in Rio’s ‘pacified’ favelas

April was an especially bloody month: seventeen-year old Gustavo Silva was shot dead on his way to work at a bakery, soldier Bruno de Souza bled to death in his own home after being hit by a stray bullet, and thirteen-year-old Paulo Henriques was killed on route to a friend’s house to play video games.

“Most art is a conversation starter. This is revolution.”

To describe a production as “life-changing” is cliche, but in this case, appropriate. At least one couple got married and had a baby after meeting at the show. Another couple realised they no longer loved each other and got a divorce. “People have changed their genders, people have quit their jobs, and it’s just because we’ve taken the time to hang out with them,” Mac says.

The Olympics of corruption: Rio after the Games

Violent crime is surging, the arenas are padlocked and deteriorating, and favelas remain neglected by the state. At best, the Olympics represent a criminal waste of a prosperous decade.

A living history of the Civil Rights movement

The museum, at the heart of downtown Memphis, recounts a determined and hopeful history: two painful steps forward and one bloody step back, from the days when an able-bodied African man could be purchased for one hundred and thirty gallons of rum to the election of the USA’s first black president.

Anthony Bourdain will have blood cake, and eat it too

His hair is salt grey, his skin on the spectrum between raw steak and ripe plum. Tattoos of Japanese wraiths begin below the elbow and disappear under rolled up sleeves. In his denim shirt, jeans and battered Converse trainers, he looks like the last Ramone standing.

The mind, her own business: Tan Le’s wearable EEG

“What we’re trying to do is invent something that has never existed before,” she says. “I believe that there will be a point in the future when we look back and it has become completely ubiquitous.”

Do antidepressants do more harm than good?

SSRIs and SNRIs have become a recourse of first resort, used by hundreds of millions of people. But do they work? And are they harmful? These are bitterly disputed, multi-billion dollar questions.

To Mars… and beyond. Buzz Aldrin’s life mission.

NASA should have sent up a poet or an artist, he reckons, to describe the view for all mankind. Because the question is always the same: “What did it feel like on the moon?” He doesn’t have an answer. “Magnificent desolation,” he called it, while he was there.

Ben Simmons is ready for lift-off.

“Everybody compares him to LeBron,” says Simmons’s godfather David Patrick. He laughs at the audacity of it. “I know that’s a high bar, but there’s not many guys that tall that can handle the ball.”

A case study in care: the Willard Asylum.

Some four hundred patients are survived by the possessions they left behind, in an extraordinary cache of suitcases. Their personal belongings illuminate lives spent at the margins and pose a question no closer to being satisfactorily answered now than it was a century ago: how should we look after our mentally ill?

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