Articles by Alex Potter

Poles like these at a Boston fire station are no longer used universally, but they remain emblematic of the profession.

How a Black Fireman Brought a Pole Into the Firehouse

More than a century ago, David Kenyon, a firefighter in Chicago, discovered the fastest way to the ground floor

In Fallujah, ISIS blew up this bridge during its 2016 retreat.

History of Now

What Does the Future of the Euphrates Spell for the Middle East?

In the wake of the war against Isis in Iraq, an ominous journey along the once-mighty river finds a new crisis lurking in the shallows

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