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A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.

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Why the second Indiana Jones was so dark.

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The world’s leading scientists try to solve climate change.

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Wednesday, July 23

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An ode to the Bee Gees' strange, successful career.

Excerpted from Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé.

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On LeBron James’s photographic memory.

Longform Podcast #101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah has written for The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Transition and The Paris Review. "If He Hollers Let Him Go," her essay on Dave Chappelle, was a 2014 National Magazine Award finalist.

"So the stakes are high. I’m not just writing this to write. I’m writing because I think there’s something I need to say. And there’s something that needs to be said. ... What I hope is that a young kid or an older person will see that you have choices, that you don't have to accept what people hand to you. That you have control."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Who is Shmuley Boteach, former reality TV star and author of Kosher Sex?

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Tuesday, July 22

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The lonely death of a godfather of the conspiracy theory movement.