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Conn writes features for The Ringer. He is the author of ‘The Road From Raqqa,’ runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and is currently working on a book about masculinity in America.

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“I Knew Death Was Coming”

In Episode 1 of ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series, Len’s mother Lonise describes the premonition that weighed on her before her son’s death 

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Introducing ‘What If? The Len Bias Story’

Jordan Ritter Conn hosts this seven-part series about how the University of Maryland phenom’s death altered the trajectory of NBA history

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The Day the Bombs Fell: One Family’s Journey During Syria’s Civil War

In this excerpt from ‘The Road From Raqqa,’ one brother searches for safety and answers as his own government begins bombing the city, while another makes his way back home

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Breonna Taylor, Listener Mail, and the Seattle Protests

Plus, considering the question "Which White House memoir would we actually want to read?"

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“She Loved Who She Was Becoming”: Breonna Taylor and a Family’s Fight for Justice

More than three months after Louisville police killed Taylor in her home, the officers have yet to be arrested. Now, a quiet family and community are at the center of a national and global movement demanding change.

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“This Is a Time for Mourning”: Hospital Chaplaincy in the Age of Coronavirus

Chaplains are united by their effort to help those closest to death grapple with its reality. But what happens to a calling centered on presence amid social distancing?

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“Everyone Is So Afraid”: COVID-19’s Impact on the American Restaurant Industry

For Café Rakka in Tennessee and its fellow restaurants nationwide, the coronavirus pandemic has become a crisis unlike any in living memory, and there’s no guidebook for how to move forward

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The Titans’ Real Music City Miracle? Winning Over Nashville

The typically middle-of-the-pack Titans are one win away from the Super Bowl after knocking off the Patriots and Ravens, but finally converting Tennessee might be even more improbable

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Ready, Set, Trump: Big-Money Faith, Football, and Forgiveness at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University

The president helps him recruit. His coach and AD left their prior jobs amid scandal. He’s a cable news staple. But can the bulwark of the religious right build evangelical Notre Dame by marrying theology, politics, and major college football?

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The NBA Now Orbits Around Giannis

Antetokounmpo ascended to a new level of superstardom in 2019, winning the league’s MVP award and pushing our imaginations as he scrambled geometry and sped up time on the court