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Team Spirit

Memories of life as a freshman cheerleader.

Previously: Jeanne Marie Laskas goes behind the scenes with the Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleaders.

You Can Look It Up

The Wikipedia origin story.

Excerpted from The Innovators.


The Beggars of Lakewood

A small New Jersey town is world-famous among Orthodox Jews as a place to come ask for handouts.

Saturday, October 18


'Am I Being Catfished?'

An author confronts her troll.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Field Recordings"

Cemetery field recordings reveal terrifying messages.

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The Shadow Life of Jim Irsay

The tragic romance of Jim Irsay, the shrewd owner of the Indianapolis Colts, and Kimberly Wundrum, a mother who shared his longtime addiction to painkillers, that ended with her overdosing in the secret condo he bought her.

Friday, October 17

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The Pale Cast of Thought

The writer is reluctantly whisked away to to a small house in upstate New York to attend an ayhuasca ceremony with six strangers.


Modern Medicine Changed the Way We Die, and Not Always for the Better

On what you do and don’t learn in medical school.

Excerpted from Being Mortal.


Abortion: Not Easy, Not Sorry

“I want to tell a different story, the more common yet strangely hidden one, which is that I don’t feel guilty and tortured about my abortion. Or rather, my abortions. There, I said it.”