Tuesday, February 3


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Home Sweet Homewreck

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


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?


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.


Decoding The Starr Report

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

Sunday, February 1



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.


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.