Tuesday, February 3

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The Filmmaker and Star Who Were Kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il

The North Korean dictator kidnaps a famous actress and her film director husband, then invites them to dinner to chat about it.

Excerpted from A Kim Jong-Il Production.

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What Happened When I Confronted My Cruellest Troll

Trolls are frustrating, cruel and frightening creatures of the internet deep. But something surprising happens when one writer tries to deal with the worst of hers: He turns out to have a conscience.

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To Steal a Mockingbird?

How Harper Lee was duped into signing away the rights to To Kill a Mockingbird, which still sells 750,000 copies per year, and how she’s fighting to get them back.

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What Really Happened to Baby Johan?

A baby dies after hitting his head when his father drops him, and the investigation that ensues can’t offer any easy answers.

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What Kind of Funny Is He? Under Kafka's Spell

Perhaps you didn’t know that in addition to being a very funny writer, Kafka’s life yields a lot of comedy too.

Monday, February 2

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Home Sweet Homewreck

Renovating often involves additional, unforseen costs, but for one Toronto couple it ends in divorce – and death.

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The Trip Treatment

A good trip on psilocybin might be just the ticket to relieve anxiety and depression, particularly in the terminally ill. But are we ready to dive back in to psychedelic research?

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What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything

The physical rigors of pregnancy tangle with the personal ambitions of a war photojournalist, without limiting her in the least.

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Decoding The Starr Report

Ripping out the guts of an “utterly preposterous document”: the Starr Report on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Sunday, February 1

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Steamrolled

One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working for Bechtel.

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Meet the Shaggs

From 1968-1973, the three teenage Wiggin sisters, guided by a domineering father, played their strange music at New Hampshire ballrooms and recorded a single album. The Philosophy of the World LP goes for over $500 today, but the intervening decades have not been kind to the Wiggins.