Monday, July 9

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The psychic benefits of leaving New York.

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The director on Obama, the state of black cinema, the Knicks, the Nets, the tragedy of public education in America, gentrified New York and why he lives on the Upper East Side.

Sunday, July 8

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A 7,000-word anatomy of the chaotic 9 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its health care ruling.

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Surfing San Francisco with a true believer.

Part of our collection of stories on surfing for Slate.
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A veteran critic reviews 32 shows in 30 days.

Saturday, July 7

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On the eve of the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Dream Team scrimmaged during a closed-door practice in Monaco. Michael Jordan led one team, Magic Johnson the other. Two decades later, a game report.

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The sewer hunters, or “toshers,” of 19th century London.

Knowing where to find the most valuable pieces of detritus was vital, and most toshers worked in gangs of three or four, led by a veteran who was frequently somewhere between 60 and 80 years old. These men knew the secret locations of the cracks that lay submerged beneath the surface of the sewer-waters, and it was there that cash frequently lodged.

Friday, July 6

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An investigation into sexual violence on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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The murderous tale of Washington D.C. fabulist Albrecht Muth and his late wife Viola Drath.

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The evolution of currency as “a complete abstraction.”

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On New York City’s “Young Turks of radical urban playground design.”

Thursday, July 5

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His book panned in the New York Times after being misread by the critic, an author responds.