Long Reads

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Carol Johnson’s Boston Public

As Carol Johnson prepares to step down after six tumultuous years as Boston’s superintendent of schools, her job performance has become a central issue in the city’s first competitive mayoral race in a generation. Critics portray her as an ineffective steward, while her admirers say she’s been a compassionate leader. So how’d she do, really?

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Trouble in Wellington for Jeremy Jacobs

For a quarter-century, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ruled the clubby equestrian scene in Wellington, Florida. Then a brash Boston entrepreneur named Mark Bellissimo appeared on the scene. Now the two men have declared war on each other—and the fate of the town hangs in the balance.

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Present at the Creation

From the self-help gurus to the hottest new books, it’s the buzziest concept out there: take a few simple steps and you’ll become more creative in no time, leading you to the success you’ve always desired. How much of it is true? We asked a Harvard expert to find out.

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Naked Joe

One hundred years ago, Joe Knowles stripped down to his jockstrap, said goodbye to civilization, and marched off into the woods to prove his survival skills. He returned home to a hero’s welcome. That’s when things got interesting.

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Root, Root, Root Against the Home Team

The Boston Red Sox are neither good enough to win now, nor bad enough to win in the future. There is only one way for the Red Sox to get better…and that’s to lose.

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Scott Lively: The Crusader

After an incendiary 2009 visit to Uganda during which he urged leaders to fight the “gay agenda,” Scott Lively is now being sued for persecution—a crime against humanity. So what’s next for the Springfield pastor? He’s exploring a run for governor, of course.

Wellness

Does Moderna Therapeutics Have the NEXT Next Big Thing?

In December, Moderna Therapeutics announced a technology that would revolutionize medicine and disrupt the pharmaceutical industry, a promise startups have been making for decades. Can Moderna pull off what countless others have not?

St. Patrick's Day Boston
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Let Us Drink at Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Every year, we’re lucky enough to maintain a one-of-a-kind celebration, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So why is the city out to kill one of our most distinct traditions?

Leandro Barbosa
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Goooaaaal!—Leandro Barbosa and the Global Future of Basketball

International players like Leandro Barbosa represent the future of basketball, which the NBA hopes soon to transform into a global game that will rival soccer in popularity—and profit.

Mind Massachusetts’ Wage Gap

Why does Massachusetts—perhaps the most progressive state of them all—have one of the country’s biggest wage disparities between men and women?

Tom Ashbrook: Point Man

Twelve years ago, WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook had never worked in radio. Today, from his small Boston studio, he hosts one of the most popular and influential shows on public radio, heard each week on 240 stations nationwide. And he’s only just getting started.

Chef Tony Maws: The Outlaw

Confit and roasted milk-fed pig’s head. Swordfish wrapped in guanciale. Hourly menu changes and no time off. Welcome to the no-limits world of the mercurial chef Tony Maws.

Dumbbelles: Overcoming the Stigma of Women Who Weightlift

Yeah, Lisa Liberty Becker is a woman who pumps iron. What are you looking at?

Boston Sportswriters: The Fellowship of the Miserable

Whiny, petulant, entitled, self-important—no, it’s not Boston fans we’re talking about, it’s Boston sportswriters. How did the sports media in this town, once the envy of the nation, become so awful?

Arts & Entertainment

Good Will Hunting: An Oral History

Fifteen years after the release of the movie that made them stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—along with the rest of the cast and crew—reflect in their own words on how a long-shot film by two unknowns became one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories.