Wednesday, February 27

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African Dreamer

The diarist and photographer Peter Beard, known both for his series documenting a mass elephant starvation and for discovering the supermodel Iman on a Nairobi street, reflects on his life of “drugs, debt, and beautiful women” while recovering from being trampled by an elephant.

Tuesday, February 26

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To Build a (Better) Fire

The quest to create a cheap, durable, clean stove for the masses.

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The Ghost Writes Back

Confessions of a Sweet Valley High ghostwriter.

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On Friendship

The author examines his closest relationships.

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The Shape of History

On historian Ian Morris and his predictions for humanity’s future.

Monday, February 25

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My Father the Dope Dealer

From 1975-1986, Anthony Edward Dokoupil distributed more than 50 tons of weed in the United States. The operation ruined his family and destroyed his life. Three decades later, his son came looking for answers.

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The Boxer and The Blonde

“This is the story of Billy Conn, who won the girl he loved but lost the best fight ever.”

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The Great Escape

How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.

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The Dean of Corruption

On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.

Sunday, February 24

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Mad Max

A profile of Max Wade, a Marin County teenager on trial for stealing Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini and using it in the first drive-by in the history of Mill Valley, California.

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Sun Myung Moon's Lost Eco-Utopia

Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.