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The Most Thought-Provoking Stories You Need To Read This Week

This week for BuzzFeed News, Katie J.M. Baker pulls back the curtains on the recent sexual assault allegations that have rocked L.A.'s comedy scene. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Standing up to Sexual Harassment and Assault in L.A.'s Comedy Scene — BuzzFeed News

Upright Citizens Brigade

The exclusive story of how female comedians decided to take matters into their own hands and kick alleged assaulters and harassers out of their community — and the scandal that followed. "There’s a general feeling that 'there’s no such thing as sexual harassment in comedy.'" Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. The Story Behind the Deadliest Prison Bus Crash in Texas History — BuzzFeed News

Mark Sterkel / Odessa American

In January 2015, a prison transport carrying 15 men — three guards and 12 chained-together inmates — ran off the road. A year later, Albert Samaha chronicles one of the bloodiest days in the history of Texas prisons. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. The Trials of Alice GoffmanThe New York Times Magazine

Elinor Carucci for The New York Times

Alice Goffman is a white sociologist whose first book was about the lives of young black men in West Philadelphia. Gideon Lewis-Kraus explores the question posed by many: Should she have written it? "Alice used a writing style that today you can't really use in the social sciences." Read it at The New York Times Magazine.

4. He Fell in Love With His Grad Student — Then Fired Her for It— BuzzFeed News

Illustration by BuzzFeed News / NASA

Azeen Ghorayshi reports on the Caltech investigation into Christian Ott, a young astrophysics professor who engaged in “discriminatory and harassing” behavior toward two female graduate students. "Do you think I am a shady person because I let myself be emotionally involved with my student?" Read it at BuzzFeed News.


5. My Wife and I Are (Both) PregnantNew York

Photograph by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz for New York

Kate Elazegui and Emily Kehe — a married couple who each gave birth to a son within four days of each other — recount their remarkable joint pregnancies to Alexa Tsoulis-Reay. "There was empathy but no sympathy. There was no 'Awww, honey. Sit down and let me rub your feet.' Because, fuck, I have to rub my own feet, too." Read it at New York.

6. Mr. (Swipe) Right?The California Sunday Magazine

Photograph by Gillian Laub for The California Sunday Magazine

Nellie Bowles profiles Sean Rad, the divisive — and briefly fired — CEO of Tinder, months after his return to the notorious hookup startup. "For a whole generation today, Tinder is inseparable from dating; and for many who know the company well, it’s also synonymous with Rad." Read it at The California Sunday Magazine.

7. How a Controversial Hit Discovery Channel Show Went From Boom to Bust — BuzzFeed News

The Red Dress for BuzzFeed News

Jungle Gold — an action-packed reality show about two Mormons from Utah mining for gold in Ghana — was a hit when it premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2012. Jed Lipinski treks to Ghana and back to find out how, in less than a year, the show's cast and crew got accused of everything from manipulating Ghanaians to murdering them. Read it at BuzzFeed News.