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Tesla’s Model 3 Is Elon Musk’s Hell
On July 1, Elon Musk went home to sleep. The chief executive of Tesla Inc. had been camping out at his electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., for much of the…
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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me | M.H. Miller
On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales…
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10 days ago
‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people
O n a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, Michigan, water rushed out of a couple…
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10 days ago
How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism - The Atlantic
MirageC / Getty A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it.…
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10 days ago
“Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love
In 1974, four years after publishing his first children’s book about the close friendship between Frog and Toad, the author and illustrator Arnold Lobel told…
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11 days ago
The A.C.L.U.’s Fight to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump
Ms. L., a 39-year-old Congolese woman, whose daughter S. was taken from her in November 2017 by ICE. Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times O n the morning…
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12 days ago
Aztec moral philosophy didn’t expect anyone to be a saint – Sebastian Purcell | Aeon Essays
When Halloween rolled around last year, my wife and I were prepared to be greeted by scores of eager trick-or-treaters. Guided by the thought that too much…
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13 days ago
LRB · John Lanchester · After the Fall
Some of the more pessimistic commentators at the time of the credit crunch, myself included, said that the aftermath of the crash would dominate our economic…
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14 days ago
Code Red
Cases of Modelo sit on a rickety wooden table near the elevator, two laptops open to a Google sign-in sheet beside them. A few people mill around the table,…
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22 days ago
The Secret to Nintendo’s Success
For anyone who’s ever marveled at Nintendo’s vivid, phantasmagoric, zoologically ornate video games, visiting the company’s understated home in Kyoto, Japan,…
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22 days ago
Adam's Fall
Deep Reprints Originally appeared in The Coast , January 31, 2008 by Matthieu Aikins This story was honoured in 2009 with a Canadian Association of Journalists…
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24 days ago
Joe and the Whale
‌ by Chelsea Murray Illustrations by Aziza Asat‏ ‌ ‌ Sunrise on the St. Lawrence‏ ‌ ‌ “The whale was the future, the present and the past, all in one; the…
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24 days ago
Night Life
TW PICK OF THE WEEK The Valley Pub at 1206 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma begins a series of summer jazz jams that will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month in…
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24 days ago
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed
Politics How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed From a new Supreme Court ruling to a census question about citizenship, the campaign…
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24 days ago
The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time
There is a word, sad and resonant, for the last member of a dying species . The word is endling. Martha, who perished at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914, was the…
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25 days ago
Has the quest for top-down unification of physics stalled? – Ben Allanach | Aeon Essays
In recent years, physicists have been watching the data coming in from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with a growing sense of unease. We’ve spent decades…
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27 days ago
The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation
Tim Bell, one of London’s most powerful publicists, is vocally unrepentant about representing dictators and oligarchs. Illustration by Ben Jones; photographs by…
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27 days ago
When the Next Plague Hits
Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin Jonno Rattman Image above: Workers at the…
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4 weeks ago
Watermarks | Donovan Hohn
Where does a story begin? The fiction is that they do, and end, rather than that the stuff of a story is just a cup of water scooped from the sea and poured…
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4 weeks ago
Bach at the Burger King - Los Angeles Review of Books
AT THE CORNER of 8th and Market in San Francisco, by a shuttered subway escalator outside a Burger King, an unusual soundtrack plays. A beige speaker, mounted…
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5 weeks ago
A World More Beautiful and Alive: A Review of The Extractive Zone
My phone buzzes with emergency alerts as the electricity in my home goes in and out throughout the night. For the next few days, I wait as the perimeter of…
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6 weeks ago
The face in the waves
S wampscott — Michelle Murray-Mendez hung up the phone, pulled a jacket around her shoulders against the January wind, and drove the 9 miles to King’s Beach,…
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6 weeks ago
One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School
Russell Lowery-Hart has been the president of Amarillo College since 2014. Adria Malcolm Russell Lowery-Hart spent a Texas winter weekend sleeping outside, even…
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6 weeks ago
The rocky story of Retro Studios before Metroid Prime
It took a lot of different ideas to make Metroid Prime happen Sonny Ross It’s 2000. A shiny new Ferrari pulls into the parking lot of Retro Studios’ enormous…
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6 weeks ago
The Teachers’ Strike and the Democratic Revival in Oklahoma
Schools in Oklahoma are among the most poorly funded in the nation. Illustration by Deanna Halsall Subscriber? Create a login. Sign in. Craig Hoxie, an Army…
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6 weeks ago
The Believer Our Arab
In the 1963–’64 Windom High School yearbook, there is an entire page dedicated to my Palestinian father. During his one year as an exchange student in Windom,…
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7 weeks ago
Daughters of the Springs
A few miles southwest of Gainesville, the arching oaks of central Florida loosen into long fields full of beef steer. They tighten up again into the Goethe…
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7 weeks ago
Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War?
Republicans see a push for impeachment as likely to be a disaster for Democrats in the midterms. Illustration by Christoph Niemann Al Green cuts a distinctive…
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7 weeks ago
Life Inside Texas' Border Security Zone
Wed, May 23, 2018 at 8:00 am CST the surge How Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and…
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7 weeks ago
North Carolina's Teacher Revolt Was Decades in the Making
A derecho of red shirts swept through Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday as thousands of teachers and their allies flooded the capitol, in defiance of the pouring…
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7 weeks ago
The Tragic End to a Longtime Black-Car Driver’s Campaign Against Uber
Photograph courtesy of Black Car News Above: Doug Schifter with his car. On a Monday morning in early February, Neil Weiss sat at his kitchen table in Cherry…
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8 weeks ago
‘Crush Them’: An Oral History of the Lawsuit That Upended Silicon Valley
Nineteen-ninety-eight changed the course of technology, which is to say that it changed the course of history. A nearly bankrupt relic of ’80s tech nostalgia…
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8 weeks ago
Traumatic License: An Oral History of Action Park
Zandy Mangold In the summer of 1983, Action Park—a collection of water-themed amusement rides installed over a ski resort in the rural town of Vernon, New…
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8 weeks ago
Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game
Cliff Bleszinski on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2010, along with actor Alan Cumming and actress/director Greta Gerwig. Dana Edelson/NBCUniversal/Getty…
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8 weeks ago
This Must Be David Byrne
Chalkie Davies For over four decades, the rock 'n' roll icon has carved out a career by zagging when everyone else was zigging—whether with his band Talking…
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8 weeks ago
“I Killed Them All.” The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen
“Look, Jose,” the cop said to the genial grandfather sitting across the desk. “The fact is, you’re being charged with murder.” Tim McWhorter, the chief…
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8 weeks ago
Abolish the ICE Prison Complex
Locking up migrants fighting to stay in the United States is permissible, the Supreme Court reiterated in February. The Court’s ruling mocks justice, but isn’t…
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8 weeks ago
The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl
Kristina Collantes L egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant Tridacna clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow…
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9 weeks ago
Univision Is A Fucking Mess
Illustration: Jim Cooke This is the story of how corporate raiding, complacency, excess, and incompetence are gutting a media company that matters to tens of…
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9 weeks ago
What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape
George Andrie has always been a devoted father to Mary Brooks and her six siblings. But with the benefit of hindsight, Brooks also sees that something was…
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9 weeks ago
We Call It a Dismantling Process
The deadliest incident of violence in a United States prison in a quarter century took place at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina on April 15,…
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9 weeks ago
The Most Unlikely D.A. In America
Tamir Kalifa for Politico Magazine He’s a biker attorney who specialized in getting small-time defendants off. He’s considered a gang member by Texas police.…
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9 weeks ago
Haven’t we met before? On doppelgängers and perception – Jordan Suchow | Aeon Ideas
Niamh Geaney (left) and Karen Branigan. Photo courtesy Twin Strangers In 2015, Niamh Geaney, a 28-year-old Irish woman, was approached by a TV production…
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9 weeks ago
When Homer envisioned Achilles, did he see a black man? – Tim Whitmarsh | Aeon Essays
Few issues provoke such controversy as the skin-colour of the ancient Greeks. Last year in an article published in Forbes , the Classics scholar Sarah Bond at…
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9 weeks ago
A Former US Army Officer Is Now A General For A Country Accused Of War Crimes
Stephen Toumajan spent most of his professional life as an officer in the US Army — but these days the country he serves is not the US but the United Arab…
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9 weeks ago
Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse
As Eric Schneiderman used the authority of his office to assume a major role in the #MeToo movement, the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic…
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9 weeks ago
I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye
Glenn Harvey I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and…
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10 weeks ago
All-American Nazis: Inside the Rise of Fascist Youth in the U.S.
Mike McQuade for Rolling Stone Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman had been living in Tampa, Florida, for two weeks when, on Friday, May 19th, 2017, their…
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10 weeks ago
Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies
Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies The inside story of the first homicide in America’s most secure prison. Chris Outcalt I. The Atavist Magazine, no. 78…
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10 weeks ago
The Mystery of the Killer Vacation
A million dollars richer after a buyout of his advertising company, Chris Smith e-mailed his family in June 2010 with an audacious plan to celebrate his…
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10 weeks ago
The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man
Desert Oracle | Winter 2015 | 11 minutes (2,903 words) The story you’ll hear most often goes like this: There’s a young Marine on guard duty in some far-off…
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11 weeks ago
The Reinvention of America
I have seen the future, and it is in the United States. After a several-year immersion in parts of the country that make the news mainly after a natural…
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11 weeks ago
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with…
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11 weeks ago
Rebecca Solnit: The Myth of “Real” America Just Won’t Go Away
Watching the film Phantom Thread , I kept wondering why I was supposed to be interested in a control freak who is consistently unpleasant to all the people…
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11 weeks ago
“She Paid for Everything”: How a Fake Heiress Made My $62,000 Disappear
Anna, in Marrakech’s medina on May 16, 2017. Photograph courtesy by Rachel DeLoache Williams According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet…
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11 weeks ago
Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires – Jerry Z Muller | Aeon Ideas
From Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967). Image courtesy Les Films de Mon Oncle – Specta Films CEPEC More and more companies, government agencies, educational…
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11 weeks ago
Church of The Donald
Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV. By RUTH GRAHAM May/June 2018 | Illustration by Chris Gash HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. —…
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12 weeks ago
How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice
O n a hot December afternoon, the sky hazy from wildfires that raged just beyond the Los Angeles city limits, a handful of people gathered outside a nondescript…
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12 weeks ago
Improbable Cause: The Harrison Family Murders
Improbable Cause Improbable Cause One death, then another, and another — all in the same house. The first two written off as a tragic coincidence, until the…
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12 weeks ago
Dropping Dimes | BULL
T here was barely anyone on the highway. Tony felt it was a mixed blessing: he wanted to need to pay attention, to not think about things other than working…
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12 weeks ago
"They Haven’t Sent an Amber Alert”: The Devastating Story Behind a Navajo Girl’s Murder
The first day I was in Shiprock, New Mexico, a horse made the front page of the local newspaper . The dark bay with a white stripe down its nose had fallen in a…
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12 weeks ago
Space Communications Are Stuck In The Dial-Up Age. Which Means It’s Time For More Lasers.
In space, no one can hear you scream — because sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum, but also because you would need some sort of radio relay to carry the message,…
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12 weeks ago
Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica
This story was co-published with The New York Times Magazine. It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by…
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12 weeks ago
The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far
I. The Bumper The trip to Delaware was only supposed to last a day. David Pokora, a bespectacled University of Toronto senior with scraggly blond hair down to…
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april 2018
PUBG Savage Map Code Giveaway—Get Access to PUBG's Second Beta Test Now
The PUBG Savage Map Test is back! And we've got more keys! PUBG is holding another beta test for its smaller map, and you can join in by using the widget below.…
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april 2018
Want to feel unique? Believe in the reptile people – Roland Imhoff | Aeon Ideas
Sid Mosdell/Flickr The internet is full of wild-eyed insinuation. Seemingly accidental events are not actually accidental. A few powerful people have hatched…
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april 2018
The Plunging Morale of America’s Service Members
S outh of Fallujah’s Route Fran were hundreds of insurgents who’d spent months digging trench lines, emplacing roadside bombs, barricading streets, training…
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april 2018
The Body That’s Afraid of What It Would Do with a Gun
I’ m wondering, while sitting on a sturdy porch across the road from William Faulkner’s house in northern Mississippi, if President Trump and the Mississippi…
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april 2018
Drinking may have given me cancer. The alcohol industry has worked hard to bury the link.
Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of…
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april 2018
Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn
An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that…
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april 2018
Black Mirrors
Like a lot of black girls coming of age in the final years of the 20th century, I had an adolescent fascination with Prince. As an adult I recognize that this…
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april 2018
Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care
In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures—cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for example—expected of a responsible person…
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april 2018
Paul Ryan’s Retirement Makes His District — And The Whole House — More Competitive
The rumors were true: House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring from Congress . One of the most powerful political jobs in the United States will change hands next…
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april 2018
Paul Ryan Gave Up One Of The Most Powerful Jobs In Politics. It Totally Makes Sense.
The news on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for another term wasn’t shocking — it has been rumored for months . It’s also, weirdly, not…
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april 2018
Peak season fares for Pierce County Ferry start May 1
Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers. The base fare for vehicles up to 22 feet in length will increase from $18.35 to $23.85. Fares…
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april 2018
The Post-Campaign Campaign of Donald Trump
I t was in the last half-hour of Donald Trump’s speech in Moon Township, Pa., that a sense of what exactly it was that I was watching — what I and everyone else…
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april 2018
Why symmetry gets really interesting when it is broken – Anthony Phillips | Aeon Ideas
Detail from Composition VII (The Three Graces) (1917), by Theo van Doesburg. Photo courtesy Wikipedia A hypothetical alien visitor, sent to observe all of human…
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april 2018
Why philosophy is taking its time to answer the big questions – J L Schellenberg | Aeon Essays
Philosophers periodically fret about the apparent lack of progress in their discipline. The fact that science – always the comparator in these discussions – has…
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april 2018
Like a Dog
I didn’t want a dog. My ex-boyfriend and I did occasionally dog-sit for Chloe, a cuddly, chubby, and apneic pug who belonged to our friend e.b., and for Max, a…
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april 2018
The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma
Illustration by Ben Wiseman; photograph courtesy the author Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.…
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april 2018
The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built
S ymphony of the Seas – which, on its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March 2018 became the largest passenger ship ever built – is about five times the size of…
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april 2018
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