Long Reads

News

Marty Walsh Is Not Tom Menino

He’s friendlier, more collaborative, and, two years into his administration, just as popular as his predecessor. But does that make him a good mayor?

News

The Rebirth of the Red Sox

Why the team is (finally) going in the right direction.

Wellness

What Are the Chances?

It was supposed to be a simple operation at one of Boston’s greatest hospitals. It turned out to be anything but.

News

Coddled, Not Stirred

Why are Boston’s college students so immature when it comes to drinking? Maybe it’s the way we’ve raised them.

Home & Property

Boston Is Getting Really Expensive

You may find yourself with a beautiful house, and a beautiful spouse, and a beautiful kid. And a back-breaking mortgage. How did we get here?

News

Brian Peixoto’s Final Appeal

Twenty years ago, an unreliable witness and questionable medical science branded Brian Peixoto a baby killer and sent him to die in prison. He’s still there, but is he innocent?

News

Mike Sherman’s Fifth Quarter

After 33 years coaching NFL and college all-stars, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman wasn’t sure he had much to learn from a bunch of high school football players on the Cape. He was wrong.

News

Who’s Behind the Barr Foundation?

Suddenly the Barr Foundation is everywhere—driving the city’s agenda on climate change, the arts, and charter schools. Who’s behind all that money?

News

The Sex Machine

How did Jon Gross, a middle-aged New England plumbing-supplies salesman, become America’s king of swingers?

News

Training Our Kids for the Next School Shooter

Whether you know it or not, every school in Massachusetts is preparing children for an attack.

News

Out of Service: Will We Ever Fix the MBTA?

Will we ever fix the T? Two ex-governors, a mayor, the MBTA’s chief, and the secretary of transportation tell us why we’re getting exactly nowhere.

Wellness

If David Ludwig Is Right, Everything We Thought We Knew About Obesity—and Low-Fat Diets—Is Wrong

If one Boston doctor is right, everything we thought we knew about obesity—and diet—has been wrong for decades. But it’s not too late to change our eating habits.

Wellness

Can KJ Seung Change How the World Treats Tuberculosis?

KJ Seung has chased one of history’s most prolific killers across the globe, from Peru to Lesotho to North Korea. Can he change how the world treats tuberculosis?

News

Sneaker Wars: Converse vs. New Balance

Converse CEO Jim Calhoun has ignited an industry-wide battle royal. But is Boston’s coolest company shooting itself in the foot?

News

John Donovan and the Ghosts of War

Former naval officer John Donovan returned from Vietnam haunted by a dark secret. Now, nearly 50 years later, he is trying to make peace with his role in a war he can’t forget.