Top Five Stories: 2017–2018

“I have been empowered to tell you about who we are and where we come from. What we are made of. And what makes us who we are.” This is Ann Duryan’s task as her thoughts are recorded for the space capsule Voyager (beautifully imagined in Mary Morris’s “Flowing Streams”), and the task of all great writing. This year’s Top Five Stories of the Week probe the secrets and betrayals, as well as the moments of grace and compassion, that make us who we are.

The Story of the Week series for 2018–2019 starts on September 23. If you would like to send a story for consideration as a Story of the Week, please see our Guidelines. Each September the Top Five Stories of the Week are selected for special notice.