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Though the Heavens Fall, Part 1

The first half of a serialized history of old Texas newspapers and a pair of men who shaped the story of civil rights.

Tuesday, February 24

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How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where that Malaysia Airline Plane Is?

“Okay,” I said. “What do you think is the percentage chance that I’m right?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “Five percent?”

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Hoax: Secrets That Truman Capote Took to the Grave

Uncovering the real story behind Capote’s Hand-Carved Coffins.

Monday, February 16

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The Cabaret Beat

The article that kept the New Yorker alive was written by a debutante. Who happened to be married to Irving Berlin.

Saturday, February 14

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How The New York Times Works

They’re still printing it on paper.

Friday, February 13

Sunday, February 8

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Who Killed the Gangster’s Daughter?

The life and mysterious death of writer Susan Berman.

Monday, January 19

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The Limits of Satire

What does satire do? What should we expect of it? Is it crucial to Western culture that we be free to produce it?

Sunday, January 18

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The Definition of a Dictionary

Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like?

Friday, January 16

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They Have Miao

How a reporter’s assistant got into trouble with Beijing security.

Thursday, January 15

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How to Succeed in Television

Meet Ben Sherwood, the new head of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Tuesday, January 6

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Chasing the Cicada

Exploring the darkest corridors of the Internet.