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Freedom Fighter

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on Earth to abolish slavery. The law had little effect; at least 140,000 people are still enslaved today. Their best hope for freedom is an abolitoinist named Biram Dah Abeid.

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In Praise of Idleness

An argument for working less.

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Steven Seagal's Fight for Mother Russia

The aging action star’s second wind abroad: political maneuvering, many guns and, most importantly, a market for his B movies.

Sunday, August 31

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Club Meds

A trip to The Villages, a booming retiremement community outside Orlando, where the golf is free, casual sex is everywhere, and there is no cemetery.

Saturday, August 30

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The Single-Mom Murder

She moved to Cape Cod to escape the glitzy Manhattan world she born into. The only witness to her murder was her 2-year-old daughter. Everyone she knew, it seemed, was a suspect.

Previously: Vanessa Grigoriadis on the Longform Podcast.

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The Boy with Half a Brain

To save William Buttars’s life, his parents had to risk it.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Spew"

A Profile Auditor goes sniffing after anomalies in the consumption habits and personal data of an unsuspecting hotel clerk.

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Delta Nights

On Lucinda Williams and her “love affair with loss.”

Friday, August 29

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A Sordid But Instructive Interval At Soldier of Fortune Magazine

A personal history of Soldier of Fortune magazine and the mercenary-wannabes who read and wrote it.