Wednesday, July 4

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The Constitution and its worshippers.

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The Western Hemisphere before Columbus.

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Tuesday, July 3

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A CIA veteran remembers his Soviet nemesis, Leonid Vladimirovich Shebarshin, who was the chairman of the KGB for a single day during the 1991 coup against Gorbachev, and committed suicide in Moscow in March.

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Experiments in making others feel good.

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An ode to the MSNBC anchor.

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“Good espresso depends on the fourM’sMacchina, the espresso machine; Macinazione, the proper grinding of a beans; Miscela, the coffee blend and the roast, and Mano is the skilled hand of the barista, because even with the finest beans and the most advanced equipment, the shot depends on the touch and style of the barista.”

Monday, July 2

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A profile from Cooper’s early days an an anchor.

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The taming of the political reporter.

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Sunday, July 1

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On the surprising radicalism of library music – “music that has been composed and recorded for commercial purposes.”