Friday, July 25

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Whatsizface

Contemplating plastic surgery.

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The Down and Dirty History of TMZ

How a lawyer from the Valley created a gossip empire.

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"Then I Saw Them Everywhere. Children’s Belongings Were Everywhere.”

How the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled around the world, from the the battlefield of Ukraine to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to the White House.

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Burger King Is Run by Children

The CEO is 32. The CFO is 28. Their startup is the second-largest burger chain in the country.

Thursday, July 24

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.

A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.

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Temple of Gloom

Why the second Indiana Jones was so dark.

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Brain Games

The world’s leading scientists try to solve climate change.

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Wednesday, July 23

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Islands in the Stream

An ode to the Bee Gees' strange, successful career.

Excerpted from Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé.

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Total Recall

On LeBron James’s photographic memory.

Longform Podcast #101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah has written for The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Transition and The Paris Review. "If He Hollers Let Him Go," her essay on Dave Chappelle, was a 2014 National Magazine Award finalist.

"So the stakes are high. I’m not just writing this to write. I’m writing because I think there’s something I need to say. And there’s something that needs to be said. ... What I hope is that a young kid or an older person will see that you have choices, that you don't have to accept what people hand to you. That you have control."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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