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When adults like Billy Smolinski go missing, it’s hard to get the authorities involved.

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On the comedian’s relationship with his son and how it changed the course of The Cosby Show.

Excerpted from Cosby: His Life and Times.

Wednesday, August 20

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A profile of Michelle Lyons, who viewed 278 executions as both a local reporter and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Meeting Christopher Thomas Knight, a.k.a. the North Pond Hermit, who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly 30 years.

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In exchange for his surrender, the top Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his own jail, complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years later, it’s a home for the elderly.

Tuesday, August 19

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Elias Pompa is the lone deputy in one of the poorest counties in Texas. He is also at the center of the U.S. border crisis.

Monday, August 18

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The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.

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In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 25 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.

Sunday, August 17

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On Cops, cop movies and Ferguson.

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A profile of the Megaupload founder, who has started a political party in New Zealand as the U.S. continues to fight for his extradition.

Friday, August 15

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Two days in crisis.

At that moment, I didn’t feel like a journalist. There was nothing about this event that I felt the need to chronicle. There was no time to find out what the bombs actually were and what was actually coming out of the guns and what type of gas was coming out of the canisters. In this moment, there was nothing I felt the need to broadcast to the world. I didn’t even have the desire to communicate my safety or lack thereof.

I was just a black man in Ferguson.

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Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.