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Saturday, January 19

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Baudrillard and Babes at the Consumer Electronics Show

A trip to CES, “what a World’s Fair might look like if brands were more important than countries.”

Friday, January 18

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Deception Is Futile

In search of the perfect lie detector test.

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Diving Deep into Danger

On commercial diving, the third most deadly profession.

Longform Podcast #24: Stephen Rodrick

In this special episode with Stephen Rodrick, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and contributing editor at Men's Journal, Rodrick discusses his recent story "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie."

"Publicists don't want to give you access because they're afraid of what you're going to see. But if you spend enough time with anybody, short of Mussolini or Ghengis Khan, they're going to humanize themselves. Because they're human beings, like you are. And they have whatever demented battles they're fighting, their version of crazy, but if you get to spend some time with them as flesh and blood, they're going to come across as flesh and blood in the story."

Show Notes »
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Theater of Pain

Being injured in the NFL.

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Solving Kathy Mabry's Murder

How an overzealous forensic pathologist and his odontologist sidekick put innocent Mississippi residents behind bars – and let killers run free.

Thursday, January 17

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Hearts and Minds

How PTSD spreads from returning soldiers to their families.

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Edge and the Art Collector

Steven Cohen, troubled founder a $14 billion hedge fund, has an eye for modern art.

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Which Way Did the Taliban Go?

As NATO leaves, the Afghan National Army grapples with a resilient Taliban.

Wednesday, January 16

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Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, the Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season, Is a Hoax

The story was told by Sports Illustrated, CBS News, and countless others: linbeacker Manti Te’o, Heisman trophy candidate and the face of Notre Dame football, was playing brilliantly despite the tragic loss of his girlfriend to leukemia early in the season. The reporters missed one key element of Te’o’s story, however: the girl hadn’t died. She couldn’t have. She didn’t exist.