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Playboy Interview: George Carlin

“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”

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Monday, June 29

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Revenge Killing

The death of an infant lands his father on death row in Louisiana.

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“I Thought You Would Help Me”

On immigration detainees in the United Kingdom, and the suffering that lands them in detention.

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The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing

Juries trust DNA. But should they?

Sunday, June 28

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“They Saw An Anointed One”

The life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, killed in Charleston.

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A World Without Work

If jobs as we’ve known them for a century are going away, what will replace them?

Saturday, June 27

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ISIS and the Lonely Young American

An isolated 23-year-old Sunday school teacher living with her grandparents makes a new group of friends online who mail her chocolates and cash.

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Revenge of the Nerds

On Taylor Swift’s passive-aggressive lyrics, the life of the writer, and the pain of middle school.

Excerpted from Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives.
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The Man Who Jumped Out of the Window

In 1952, Abe Feller, the U.N.’s first General Counsel, jumped to his death. More than 50 years later, his great nephew tries to figure out why.