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The anatomy of a collapse.

Longform Podcast #106: Zach Baron

Zach Baron is a staff writer for GQ.

"People love to put celebrity stuff or culture stuff lower on the hierarchy than, say, a serial killer story. I think they're all the same story. If you crack the human, you crack the human."

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Retracing Hunter S. Thompson’s steps 40 years later.

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How a Chinese national, with the help of a suspected spy, disappeared with laptops and hard drives that may have contained sensitive information from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.

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On the narrative of sexual coercion.

Tuesday, August 26

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After Devaughn Darling died during a workout with the Florida State football team, his family was awarded a payout of $2 million. That was 13 years ago. Only $200,000 has come.

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Interviews with a receptionist, a factory worker and others about life on the job.

Excerpted from Working and available online for the first time.

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After one of the most decisive wins in Kentucky Derby history, Barbaro broke his leg at the Preakness, ending a promising career and beginning a herculean effort to save his life.

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Spun-off from Time Warner and saddled with $1.3 billion in debt as a parting gift, the once-mighty Time Inc needs to reinvent itself. Fast.

Monday, August 25

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How seven Italian scientists came to be convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic quake.

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The future (and past) of non-lethal weaponry deployed against civilian populations.

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How Cassandro, who wrestles in drag, became a star Mexican luchadore.