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Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot
Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot

They'll run food or medicine, guns or drugs, for the highest bidder. They'll fly in planes that are… >>

The RD Interview: Bob Costas
The RD Interview: Bob Costas

If he's wearing a parka, you know it's time for another Winter Olympics. The boyish broadcaster… >>

20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All
20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All

Optimism is Reader's Digest's middle name, so we reached out to thought leaders, authors, and… >>

The RD Interview: Sonia Sotomayor
The RD Interview: Sonia Sotomayor

Americans know her as a justice on our nation’s highest court, but this salsa-dancing… >>

Who's the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?
Who’s the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?

A few weeks after their aunt's death, the Nixon children received a letter from the bank explaining… >>

Profile in Courage: The Firefighters
Profile in Courage: The Firefighters

In June 2013, 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives fighting one of the worst wildfires in… >>

Profile in Courage: The Citizen
Profile in Courage: The Citizen

Off-duty Army Specialist Michael Menchaca put his life in danger to save a man in a wheelchair who… >>

What Makes Someone Brave?
What Makes Someone Brave?

Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn toward danger and… >>

Laughterpedia: The Best Jokes of 2013
Laughterpedia: The Best Jokes of 2013

Relive the laughs from A to Z. >>

9 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Inspire
9 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Inspire

On December 5, Nelson Mandela, the South African politician and champion of anti-apartheid, passed… >>

7 Smart Books About Technology Today
7 Smart Books About Technology Today

A graphic novel, a gripping origin story, a cautionary tale: these are some of the most interesting… >>

Year in Review: The Best Quotes of 2013
Year in Review: The Best Quotes of 2013

As 2013 winds down, we reflect on the words—funny and serious—that proved to be history in the… >>

John F. Kennedy Quotes: 9 Lasting Thoughts
John F. Kennedy Quotes: 9 Lasting Thoughts

A look at the Kennedy family's legacy through President John F. Kennedy's enduring words and images. >>

11 Things Most of Us Believe In
11 Things Most of Us Believe In

A new study from the Associated Press reveals surprising information about American values. >>

The Year in Trendy News Stories
The Year in Trendy News Stories

Here's one for anyone who's ever sent (or received) an article based mostly on its wacky-but-true… >>

The Sweet Taste of Electoral Votes
The Sweet Taste of Electoral Votes

The Electoral College remains a mysterious process for many Americans, and electoral math can… >>

The Six Apps You Need This Election Season
The Six Apps You Need This Election Season

With more Americans turning to mobile devices for political news, navigating the plethora of… >>

The Second Debate: An Eyewitness Account, Plus the Best Follow-Up
The Second Debate: An Eyewitness Account, Plus the Best Follow-Up

“Hey, do you want a ticket to the debate?” When I got this text from a friend (a pal of his who… >>