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David Epstein covers science, medicine, sports, and frequently all three of those in the same project. (When a woman with muscular dystrophy and an Olympic medalist sprinter have the same mutant gene, he’s there.) Prior to joining ProPublica, Epstein was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the 2009 report that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. He has also written about drugs-but-not-sports, detailing the DEA's complicated pursuit of Chapo Guzman's rivals. His science writing has won a number of awards, and he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sports Gene. David was a crime reporter at the New York Daily News, and the first reporter at Inside Higher Ed. He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, and has lived in the Sonoran desert, on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, and in the Arctic.

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SRSLY: New Motto For the Rio Paralympics: Faster, Higher … Broker?

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

Aging But Not Aged Olympians

You can listen to what Olympic commentators say about the rapid aging of athletes, just don’t believe it all.

SRSLY: The Opposite of a Perfect ‘10’

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

SRSLY: Show Me The Money! Or, At Least Where It Came From… Or, Ah, Never Mind

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

On Eve of Olympics, Top Investigator Details Secret Efforts to Undermine Russian Doping Probe

In an exclusive interview, the former chief investigator of the World Anti-Doping Agency said his efforts to investigate state-sponsored doping in Russia were repeatedly thwarted by WADA’s own president.

SRSLY: Why Make Something When Nothing Sells Just as Well?

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

SRSLY: The Female Viagra: 0.5 Satisfying Sexual Events Per Month if You Don’t Pass Out

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SRSLY: Fool Me Twice, Shame on You; Fool Me Three Times, I’m a Medical Board

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SRSLY: #SorryNotSorry, a Popular Hashtag — Also Tony Blair on Iraq

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SRSLY: BoJo, The #Brexit Bro

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SRSLY: I Am Humanoid, I Ask You Money

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SRSLY: Everyone Has an Opinion, and Not Much Else…

SRSLY: Do As I Sell, Not As I Do

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SRSLY: Whatever the Opposite of Art for Art’s Sake Is

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SRSLY: Like ‘Minority Report,’ But Without Tom Cruise or Accuracy

SRSLY: OMG DNA FUBAR

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SRSLY: Excitedly Delirious: Sounds Great If It Didn’t Mean You’re Dead

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How Milwaukee Landlords Figured Out How to Collect Rent and Not Pay Taxes

Podcast: Cary Spivak and Kevin Crowe of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel take ProPublica’s David Epstein inside their investigation of how landlords are gaming the system.

SRSLY: What the DEA Doesn’t Know Exists Can Definitely Kill You

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SRSLY: Real Estate Vampires of Milwaukee

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