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Forever Bluegrass

The rituals of a bluegrass festival on Racoon Mountain in Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 1

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The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair

The story of “Madam Walker,” who built a thriving empire of hair products for black women.

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The Fortune-Teller of Kabul

Afghans have long visited falbin to have their futures foretold. Fundamentalist Muslim clerics hope to stop that.

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How to Survive a Footnote

AIDS activism in the “after” years.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

At age 22, the author went undercover at his old high school. An excerpt of the book that became the film.

Monday, August 31

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Willie and the Weed Factory

A long talk with Willie Nelson about pot.

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The Death and Life of Atlantic City

The men who say they’ll try to save the once-bustling gambling resort town.

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Once a Pariah, Now a Judge

The life of Phyllis Frye, a pioneer in the fight for transgender rights.

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Why Former 49er Chris Borland Is the Most Dangerous Man in Football

“The concussion that led Borland to retire came on a routine play, and that’s precisely his point.”

Sunday, August 30

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Lunch with Mary-Kay Wilmers

The longtime editor of the London Review of Books on editing, the “fussed” people on Twitter, and “preferential treament” for women.

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The Movies of My Youth

The aftereffects of youthful escapes into movie houses.