Editor’s Note: Well be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy!

Who would be on the Olympic podiums if we looked at GDP, population, or team size? A team of statisticians breaks it down.

The Guardian | 4 min (953 words)

Putin rose to power after Russian democracy was exposed as a sham. His governing ideology? Cynicism.

n+1 | 16 min (3,901 words)

The dark underworld of child pornography: how one intercepted photo turned into a global operation against pedophiles. 

Boston Globe | 18 min (4,408 words) 

Marin Cogan was a child when a shooting shook her small Pennsylvania hometown. Aurora brought it all back again.

GQ | 4 min (1,000 words)