Thursday, May 9

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The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies

How a network of evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy centers turned the complex reality behind black abortion rates into a single, fictional story.

Wednesday, May 8

Longform Podcast #40: Vanessa Grigoriadis

Vanessa Grigoriadis is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York.

On the art of the celebrity interview: "People are smart. Particularly these people. They're sitting there thinking, 'When is she going to drop that question?' They know what you're doing. So the way I think about it is: let's have an actual, genuine, human, interesting conversation. ... [Journalists] have all sorts of schemes of what they think works for them. My scheme is no scheme."

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The Adventures of Super Boy

An early profile of Justin Beiber.

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Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?

An endangered-species murder mystery in Hawaii.

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Is She for Real?

On a cruise with Syvlia Browne, the controversial psychic famous for telling distraught parents where their missing children are.

Tuesday, May 7

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Lip Shtick

Adventures in the cosmetics department of a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

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Love and Madness in the Jungle

A financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a mystery: Did John Felix Bender die by his own hand? Or did Ann Bender kill him to escape their crumbling dream?

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My Father, the Good Nazi

Horst von Wächter confronts - and rationalizes - a difficult family legacy.

Monday, May 6

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What Do You Desire?

The writer, entering her thirties single and adrift, heads to San Francisco to spend time with Kink.com’s Princess Donna Dolore and attend a gangbang “where all the men were dressed as panda bears.”

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The Thin Red Line

Inside the White House debate over Syria.

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The Luckiest Village in the World

In 2011, just before Christmas, a tiny Spanish town won 120 million Euros in the lottery. A trip to the new Sodeto.