Weekend Edition: The week's best reads
The market for human hair is huge but often end users consciously have little idea where their new locks come from. "People don't want to be haunted by the ghosts of the people from whom the hair has come," says anthropologist Emma Tarlo. "There is still a 'yuk' factor to the whole idea of buying and wearing other people's body parts." And the supply chain for this global industry is shrouded in secrecy from beginning to end.
US student Samir Lakhani was horrified when he saw a mother in Cambodia scrubbing her child with laundry washing powder. Deciding he had to do something about it, he mugged up on chemistry. "I purchased meat cleavers and meat grinders and cheese graters. I turned the hotel room into a laboratory. We had bubbling cauldrons. I was probably put on the watch list," he says. But soon he emerged with a technique for combining discarded bars of soap into a new composite bar of "eco-soap".
Geeta was a 40-year-old health worker in northern India, proud that she had been able to educate her children. But her world collapsed when she became a victim of sexual assault. "I said to her, 'We're all with you; just don't do anything drastic,'" her friend and colleague Khushboo says. "At that point Geeta was thinking of going to the police. She told me, 'I'll report them. I'll find out the names of the men who abused me and get them arrested.'" Then a video of her rape was posted on messaging app WhatsApp.
Morris Villarroel is a life-logger. For six years he has been recording his life in minute detail using a log-book, a camera and a fitness tracker. "You're looking back on your life and asking, 'What am I learning? Am I advancing? How am I feeling?' and based on that, asking, 'Would I like to change? Or would I like to stay how I am?'"
America is so divided in 2016 that one half of the electorate can barely understand the other. What has puzzled people who won't be voting for Donald Trump, is how tens of millions of their fellow citizens could still be willing to support him. Who are they? Writer Michael Goldfarb says the answer is to be found in understanding "The Bloc".
"Things have changed a lot since my father's day... Our values have changed. We have so much more sensibility when it comes to the animal world," says François Darlot, a French anti-hunting activist. There are about one million hunters in France - making it the biggest hunting country in Europe. But a country famous for its ambivalent attitude to animal rights is starting to change. John Laurenson heads into a forest west of Paris to find out why.