United Flight 232

Laurence Gonzales, author of “Flight 232,” looks back at the cause of the crash, and how the accident led to advances in disaster response.

United Flight 232 Twenty-five years ago this month, United Airlines Flight 232—scheduled from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago—crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. The outcome could have been worse. Read More

 

Gruesome Spectacles

Botched executions and the future of America’s death penalty.

Gruesome Spectacles Botched executions are up since 1980, suggesting that technology has failed to make the process more reliable and humane. Read More

 

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

The rise and fall of the six-day walking match, an exercise in endurance and sleep deprivation.

Before Wimbledon, the Masters, the World Series, and the Super Bowl, there was the Astley Belt Race, a six-day walking match that determined the world’s champion pedestrian. Read More

Trapped Under the Sea

Trapped Under the Sea

The inside story of Boston’s Deer Island Outfall Tunnel tragedy.

Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor. Read More

This Day in Failure

September 30th

2008: During an interview with Katie Couric that airs on the CBS Evening News, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is unable to name a single newspaper or magazine that she reads for the purpose of staying informed. Asked what publications help her understand the world she replies, “I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the...

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