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Erik Weihenmayer has climbed Mount Everest, raced across the Moroccan desert, and is about to kayak the Grand Canyon’s deadliest rapids—all without being able to see.

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The people who go missing while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and the people who attempt to identify their remains.

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On the “black widow” of Keller, Texas.

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A gardener in Newark, NJ tries to grow the world’s best peppers.

Saturday, July 26

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Exploring the depths of the abalone black market.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Sea Creatures.

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A chance encounter with a movie star on an airplane.

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Friday, July 25

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Contemplating plastic surgery.

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How a lawyer from the Valley created a gossip empire.

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How the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled around the world, from the the battlefield of Ukraine to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to the White House.

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The CEO is 32. The CFO is 28. Their startup is the second-largest burger chain in the country.

Thursday, July 24

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A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.