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Wednesday, September 10

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Ivory Tower Phony?

Sex, lies and fraud alleged at West Virginia University.

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The Wet Stuff

The men who built the great American water park.

Longform Podcast #108: Sean Wilsey

Sean Wilsey has written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s Quarterly, where he is an editor-at-large. His latest book is More Curious.

"I’m actually apparently a fairly competent person at getting things done, making deadlines and all these things. But the Wilsey you might get in the piece about NASA is the guy who eats a ton of oysters and drinks a lot of beer before getting on the vomit comet."

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The Next Giant Leap

“You are reading this because you have no idea what NASA is doing. And NASA, tongue-tied by jargon, can’t figure out how to tell you. But the agency is engaged in work that can be more enduring and far-reaching than anything else this country is paying for.”

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Excarnation in Texas

Meet the people decomposing on a body farm.

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Ending College Sexual Assault

On the president’s campaign to crack down on campus rape.

Tuesday, September 9

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The Force That Drives the Flower

On the universal drive to grow and reproduce.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

A profile of the highest-paid female executive in America, who was born male.

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The Boy They Couldn't Save

On the failure of Minnesota’s child-protection agencies.

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Teach for America's Next Act

The organization is listening to criticism — and changing.

Monday, September 8

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The Source of All Things

Looking for answers while camping with an abusive father.

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Lock Up Your Wives!

Marital advice columns from the past.