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Monday, January 7


The Science of Sex Abuse

On serving time for crimes not yet committed.


Suds for Drugs

How Tide became a black market currency.

Sunday, January 6


Germs Are Us

On the importance of the human microbiome.


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


A Signature Moment

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


Every Place Is Khalidiya

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

Friday, January 4


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.


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.


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.


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


The Loneliest Number

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


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.”