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The Deadly Global War for Sand

Paleram Chauhan, a 52-year-old Indian farmer, was shot dead during the summer of 2013. The reason: his opposition to a gang of criminals stealing his village’s sand to sell on the black market.

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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

In 1936, Karp Lykov whisked his family into the Siberian wilderness to escape Bolshevik persecution. They remained there, alone, until discovered by a helicopter crew in 1978.

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The Monster Next Door

Beatrice Munyenyezi told her New Hampshire neighbors that she was refugee from the Rwandan genocide. Half of that was true.

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The Unhappy King of Snooker

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the best snooker player in the world. He’s also the most tormented.

Saturday, March 28

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John Madden Hockey

The making of an all-time great video game.

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The Friendly Atheists Next Door

Harry Shaughnessy was a suburban dad and a lifelong Catholic. Then he and his family gave up on God.

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The Shut-In Economy

There are two roles to play in the new world of on-demand everything: royalty or servant.

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The Crash of EgyptAir 990

Investigating a pilot’s choice and the death of 217 people.

Friday, March 27

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Isolation Play

For a few weeks a few years ago, Jeremy Lin was on top of the basketball world. Now he’s riding the bench, being taunted by Kobe Bryant, and trying to figure out what the hell happened.

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Did the Princeton Preppy Murder His Hedge-Fund Dad?

Tommy Gilbert seemed like your average Beekman Place ne’er-do-well son—until his dad turned up dead.

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The Radical Humaneness of Norway's Halden Prison

The Scandinavians had an idea that seems wacky to Americans: make a prison safe and livable.

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Take These Broken Wings

An athlete without arms or legs tries to get a spot on a the national wheelchair rugby team.