Tuesday, May 7

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Love and Madness in the Jungle

A financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a mystery: Did John Felix Bender die by his own hand? Or did Ann Bender kill him to escape their crumbling dream?

Monday, May 6

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Al Gore’s Golden Years

A profile of the almost-president.

Sunday, May 5

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Taken for a Ride: Temp Agencies and Raiteros in Immigrant Chicago

How companies and large temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as “raiteros,” who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.

Friday, May 3

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Deep Inside Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco

Creation of a fast food phenomenon.

Monday, April 29

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Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

Libor, ISDAfix, and how the big banks do business.

Sunday, April 28

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Edir Macedo, Brazil's Billionaire Bishop

“Which is the largest country in the world, economically speaking? It’s America, the United States. Do you know why? Because way back—this is history, you can look it up on the Internet—the colonization was done by men who believed in the word of God. And they were tithers. That’s why you see on the dollar bill: ‘In God we trust.”

Friday, April 26

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Net Impact

A profile of Alexey Navalny, a Russian anti-corruption crusader.

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Show Yourself the Money

Aside from the wealthiest players, nine out of 10 NFL athletes are likely to be insolvent within 10 years of retirement. A new executive MBA program aims to change that.

Sunday, April 21

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Thrown for a Curve in Rhode Island

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling needed funding for his ambitious video-game startup. Rhode Island politicians needed jobs and a vision for how to transform the state’s beleaguered economy. The story of a $75 million bet gone bust.

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Multiplayer Game 'Eve Online' Cultivates a Most Devoted Following

The growth of an immersive universe that is “part game and part soap opera and part shadow economy.”

Tuesday, April 16

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How Jenna Lyons Transformed J. Crew Into A Cult Brand

“J.Crew employees reveal themselves by the nakedness of their ankles. It’s as if the company’s uniform, ambiently dictated by Lyons, is enforced only from the knees down.”

Monday, April 15

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The Hell of American Day Care

On the barely regulated business of looking after kids.