Long Reads


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?


The Sex Machine

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


Training Our Kids for the Next School Shooter

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


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.


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.


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?


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?


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.

Arts & Entertainment

Curtains for Boston’s Theater District?

The city’s historic stages are in crisis. Why isn’t Marty Walsh, the self-described ‘arts mayor,’ doing more to save them?


Can Coach Brad Stevens Put the Celtics Together Again?

Can coach Brad Stevens put the Celtics together again?


Joe Gibbons, the Bank-Robbing Filmmaker

Is former MIT instructor Joe Gibbons an artist who robs banks—or a thief who makes art?


Tom Brady’s Personal Guru Is a Glorified Snake-Oil Salesman

Editor’s Note: Three days after this story was published, Tom Brady responded on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan program. Ongoing Coverage: Tom Brady’s Guru Alex Guerrero […]


‘I’m Robert Kraft. Do You Know Who I Am?’

He has billions of dollars, the winningest NFL team this millennium, and a reputation for boundless generosity. So why is Robert Kraft so desperate for our attention?


Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s New Fight Against the Heroin Crisis

After 25 years of fighting a losing war on drugs, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello finally had enough. To save lives, he took matters into his own hands.


The Hunt for the Tinmouth Apple

The ancient apple has the power to transform New England into the Napa Valley of hard cider…if only we can find it.