For two hellish years, the Iranian government held Shane Bauer prisoner on suspicion of being a spy. The worst part, he now says, was the four months he spent in a solitary cell. But since his release, Bauer has been surprised to discover even more troubling prison practices happening on American so ... More >>
The inventors answer the question, 'Is Oregon Trail on Facebook as good as the original?'This week, Oregon Trail on Facebook went live. As we explained in our January cover story, it's been 40 years since three Minnesotans invented the most successful educational computer game of all time. Th ... More >>
Maybe you can just ignore that friend request from dysentery. The world's most popular educational game will soon arrive on the world's most popular social network--Oregon Trail is being reborn on Facebook. When we interviewed the three Minnesotans who invented the game 40 years ago for our Janu ... More >>
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Rain Man-ager Bissinger on La Russa: best bad baseball book ever? I'm reading the new and amply hyped Buzz Bissinger book about Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, 3 Nights in August--and yes, you can bet the cheesy echo of Seven Days in May is wholeheartedly and unironically intended. I haven't seen ... More >>
Bissinger on La Russa: best bad baseball book ever? I'm reading the new and amply hyped Buzz Bissinger book about Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, 3 Nights in August--and yes, you can bet the cheesy echo of Seven Days in May is wholeheartedly and unironically intended. I haven't seen any reviews b ... More >>
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