Friday, July 24

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Web Design: The First 100 Years

Right now, never-ending technological progress feels inevitable. It isn’t. And that’s a good thing. A talk on the future of the internet.

Thursday, July 23

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The Vegas Plot

Two ordinary Americans, inspired by right-wing extremism, plan to kidnap a cop.

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Comic Conman

The story of a lawyer-turned-money launderer, stolen evidence, and a bunch of comics selling at outrageously high prices at auction. And Mussolini.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Black Doom of Options"

An eviction notice causes a grotesque chain of events.

"Imogene grunted as she lifted the sledgehammer and again brought it down. She missed the knob and graced the door, taking some of the siding off it. She bent down and thrust the hammer at the spot. The wood gave away."

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Consider the Lobster

A trip to a lobster festival leads to an examination of the culinary and ethical dimensions of cooking a live, possibly sentient, creature.

Wednesday, July 22

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

The men who are trying to find out if wireless carjacking is possible.

Longform Podcast #150: Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times.

“Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you, and you’ll have to leave.’ I’m about three-quarters of the way there.”

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Out of Thin Air

Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.

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The Reckless Plot to Overthrow Africa's Most Absurd Dictator

Mistakes were made by the middle-aged Americans who hoped to take over Gambia.

Tuesday, July 21

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E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

“I tell them it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

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"We Are Drowning in Material"

Catching up with Julian Assange and Wikileaks.