Monday, December 30

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A Mission Gone Wrong

A bungled operation in Honduras and the enduring ineffectiveness of America’s war on drugs.

Sunday, December 29

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A Deadly Mix in Benghazi

Investigating the murky reality behind the attack in Libya.

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The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

Arriving in China at 23, Sidney Rittenberg spent 35 years as a “friend, confidante, translator, and journalist” for the Communist Party’s top leaders. In this interview, he recalls both his friendship with Chairman Mao and the 16 years he spent in solitary confinement.

Saturday, December 28

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Cell Block Four

The rise and fall of the new oligarchs, who raided the Russian state. When Putin came to power most fled, but not Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “The other oligarchs, when they saw the fuzz, knew they should run. But Khodorkovsky forgot.”

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The Intelligent Plant

On the neurobiology of flora.

Friday, December 27

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Split Personalities

“Does a talent for comedy necessitate a tragic life?”

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How Britain Exported Next-Generation Surveillance

The rise of automatic number plate recognition and its real-world consequences.

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The Heartbreak Boys of Coogee Beach

Eleven members of an Australian rugby club traveled to Bali. After a bomb went off at a nightclub, only five of them made it home.

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Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet

How a 20-something made millions as an e-commerce hustler.

Thursday, December 26

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The French As Dostoevsky Saw Them

“Americans find it hard to believe that foreigners are unalterably foreign, for they have seen generations of immigrants who became Americans.”

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The Corporate "Free Speech" Racket

How corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation.