Monday, December 28

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Two Lanes to Accokeek

A car race goes tragically wrong.

Sunday, December 27

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Karen Silkwood — Dead Because She Knew Too Much?

She was a young plutonium worker whose Honda Civic Hatchback ran off the road and smashed into the wall of a concrete culvert. In her trunk were manila folders full of documents, which immediately went missing.

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The Higher Power of Russell Wilson

On the quarterback everyone loves to hate.

Saturday, December 26

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City of Fear

How PCC, once an inmate soccer team and now Brazil’s most notorious prison gang, coordinated seven days of riots throughout São Paulo using mobile phones.

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Failure Factories

On Dec. 18, 2007, the school board in Pinellas Country, Florida, voted to abandon integration. They justified the decision with bold promises: Schools in poor, black neighborhoods would get more money, more staff, more resources. They delivered none of that. A 5-part investigation.

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The Art of Tour Guiding

What it’s like to drive tourists around the Australian outback.

Friday, December 25

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The Billionaire Battle in the Bahamas

The whole thing began over a puddle in the driveway. Eight years later, Peter Nygard and his neighbor Louis Bacon, who own houses next to each other in paradise, have spent tens of millions in a constantly escalating legal war. Neither man spends much time on the island anymore.

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Papa

When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.

Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast
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The Day Bobby Blew It

Bobby Fischer unravels before the 1972 World Chess Championships, a.k.a. the “the Match of the Century.”

Thursday, December 24

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No Offense

On feminism and the limitations of outrage online.

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Chicago Christmas, 1984

How John, a father of 14, lost Christmas.

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Safe Passage

Checking up on an ambitious, controversial conservation initiative, 20 years later.