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

August 27th

2010: “Ghost Train” hunter Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is struck and killed by a Norfolk-Southern locomotive on a tall bridge near Statesville while listening and watching for the ghosts that reputedly appear each year on the anniversary of the 1891 Bostian Bridge tragedy. On this day in 1891, a passenger train jumped the tracks on...

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The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and then denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

- Nazi Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946