Monday, March 21

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The Departed

On a November morning, Olympic rower and financial advisor Harold Backer left for a bike ride and never returned. His disappearance remained a mystery – until letters began arriving at the homes of his investors.

Sunday, March 20

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History of the Loomis Gang

In 1802, horse rustler George Washington Loomis rode into Oneida County and built a mansion adjacent to an impenetrable swamp perfect for storing thieved goods. It was the beginning of the saga of the largest organized crime family in 19th century America.

Friday, March 18

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Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream

Park Service and Forest Service employees face sexual harassment and assault in America’s wild places.

Thursday, March 17

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How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

Most of the men were in their 60s and 70s, with heart conditions, diabetes, and replacement hips. They made off with millions in cash and jewels, only to give themselves up by not understanding how technology works.

Monday, March 14

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Sunday, March 13

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What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

Your local police department probably has a $400,00 device that listens in on cellphones. Soon your neighbor will be able to buy the same thing for $1,500.

Friday, March 11

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A Marine's Convictions

After a flawed sexual assault investigation, a Naval Academy instructor made it his mission to prove he did nothing wrong. The discovery of a lost cell phone told a more complicated story.

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The Go-Between

Kate del Castillo, the actress who brought Sean Penn to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, tells her side of the story.

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An Arrogant Way of Killing

Part 1 of "The Mastermind," a serialized investigation of Paul Le Roux, who went from brilliant programmer to vicious cartel boss to highly protected U.S. government asset.

Thursday, March 10

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The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.

How “Count” Victor Lustig, one of America’s great con men, worked his scams.

Adapted from Handsome Devil.

Wednesday, March 9

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Marcia Clark Is Redeemed

She was mocked for her clothes and for her hair. Tabloids published nude photos of her and covered her custody fight. The defense called her hysterical. The judge condescended to her. She lost. And then she became a punchline. Twenty years later, thanks in part to The People v. O.J. Simpson, Marcia Clark is finally being seen in full.

Tuesday, March 8

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O Sister, Where Art Thou?

“It is a story that seems almost impossible to believe: a group of female convicts, few of whom had ever played a musical instrument or taken voice lessons, forming a country and western band and becoming, at least in Texas, the Dixie Chicks of their day.”