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Monday, January 7

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The Science of Sex Abuse

On serving time for crimes not yet committed.

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Suds for Drugs

How Tide became a black market currency.

Sunday, January 6

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Germs Are Us

On the importance of the human microbiome.

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Former C.I.A. Officer Is the First to Face Prison for a Classified Leak

How John Kiriakou, a public opponent of US torture policy, became the first CIA officer convicted of leaking classified information to the press.

Saturday, January 5

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A Signature Moment

Thirty-one years ago, Joy Hunley’s daughter was adopted. At least that’s what the paperwork says.

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Every Place Is Khalidiya

A trip to a grave in Damascus as shelling started in Homs.

Friday, January 4

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America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

Why a type of gasoline may be responsible for periods of increased crime in the U.S. and abroad.

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Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility

How the ‘princeling’ descendants of Mao’s ‘Eight Immortals’consolidated unimaginable power and wealth in the New China.

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The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death

On Dylan Yount, a man who jumped from a San Francisco building, and the people who watched, recorded and, in some cases, encouraged his suicide.

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Dish Network, the Meanest Company in America

How an autocratic CEO made the company billions, alienating almost everyone else in the process.

Thursday, January 3

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The Loneliest Number

Life after scoring 100-plus points in a basketball game.

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George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year

“For people who pay close attention to the state of American fiction, he has become a kind of superhero.”