Security, Animal Welfare, and the Fire That Changed Everything

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A recently burned valley.

Mattathias Schwartz talks about why the N.S.A.’s metadata program has been ineffective in thwarting terrorist attacks. Stephen Ives discusses his latest film, “The Big Burn,” about the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. Elena Gorokhova's new memoir. Michael Moss describes how experimental agricultural methods put animal welfare at risk.