Tuesday, March 26

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Our Band Could Be Your Band

How the Brooklynization of culture killed regional music scenes.

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Life, Death, and Free Culture in the Mission

On Ilya Zhitomirskiy, an idealistic young developer who committed suicide 18 months after founding Diaspora, his well-publicized, open-source alternative to Facebook.

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My Gucci Addiction

How the author of Friday Night Lights spent more than half a million dollars over three years on “eighty-one leather jackets, seventy-five pairs of boots, forty-one pairs of leather pants, thirty-two pairs of haute couture jeans, ten evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves.”

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The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox

Inside the most sensational murder in the history of study abroad.

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We Aren’t the World

New research upends ideas about culture’s impact on how our brains our wired.

Monday, March 25

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The Centroid

On a little-known statistic that tracks the movement of America’s population by searching for its balance point.

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The Dwarves of Auschwitz

How the Ovitzs, a family of Jewish dwarves from Transylvania, survived Auschwitz.

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Kaboom

Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman were young and in love and pregnant and partial to heroin and living in a Village apartment with a lot of heavy weaponry lying about. Then they were arrested, and their stories started to change.

Sunday, March 24

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Unfit for Work

On the skyrocketing number of Americans on disability—14 million at last count, with payouts topping those for food stamps and welfare combined—and what it means for the U.S. economy.

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Fear on the Family Farm

After watching his father Sandy abuse his paralyzed former-jockey mother for years, Mat Crichton committed murder. Nearly the entire local farming community rallied in support of him.

Saturday, March 23

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European Soccer's Master of Match-Fixing

How a longtime gambling addict and a small band of his cronies manipulated both the game and betting exchanges from a tiny Berlin cafe, going as far as buying ownerships of teams in order to insure their failure.

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The Master

Robert Berman was a passionate and polarizing English teacher at the Horace Mann School. He is also accused of sexually abusing many of his devoted students.