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The War on Big Food

How packaged-food companies like Campbell and Hershey are responding to the backlash against pesticides, preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, growth hormones, antibiotics, gluten, and genetically modified organisms.

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The Star on the Sidewalk

On Arielle Holmes, a burgeoning actress who was, literally, plucked from the streets.

Thursday, May 21

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Can China Take a Joke?

The culturally-bound mechanics of comedy.

Tuesday, May 19

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Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets

“She has no theories, for example, to explain why she, of all people, felt unburdened by the unspoken rules marking certain subjects off limits for children, or why, for that matter, she has that particular gift, that ability to recall the emotional experiences of adolescence, the confusion, the longing, the rivalries — the memories, in other words, that most of us try to bury as quickly and deeply as we can.”

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The Untold Story of ILM

An oral history of Industrial Lights & Magic, which gave birth to Star Wars and countless films, as well as playing a hand in the creation of Photoshop and Pixar.

Tuesday, May 12

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Visions and Revisions

Maintaining the manual On Writing Well.

Monday, May 11

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Blur Lines

The ups and downs of a beloved British pop band.

Sunday, May 10

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A Return to the Western Shore

On the Aran islands of Ireland.

Saturday, May 9

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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

A CD plant employee ushered in the modern era of music piracy by teaming up with a shadowy “Scene” crew on IRC chat.

Thursday, May 7

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The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever

The holdings of the Seattle Art Museum are historically male-dominated. When Matthew Offenbacher won a prize for his own art, he decided to use it to beef up their queer and female holdings.

Monday, May 4

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Hot Shmurda

He went from a viral pop hit to an arrest for conspiracy to murder charges in just under six months. Was Bobby Shmurda “too real” for his label?

Sunday, May 3

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The Desert Blues

The musicians of Mali find themselves in the middle of a civil war.