Monday, November 4

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The Plants Respond

An interview with Cleve Backster, a former interrogation specialist with the CIA who used a polygraph machine in the 1960s to develop his theory of “primary perception,” which contends that plants have feelings.

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Oops, You Just Hired the Wrong Hitman

They advertise murder for hire but work for the government. Inside the world of America’s fake hit men.

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Orders of Grief

Eleven months after Sandy Hook, Newtown’s mourning remains incalculable, especially that of the parents who lost their children. And the influx of sympathy—and money—has sometimes made the grieving more difficult rather than less.

Sunday, November 3

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No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.

Inside the N.S.A.’s mission to spy on just about everyone.

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One Day in the Life of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The world’s richest prisoner interviewed from the Siberian prison colony he calls home.

Saturday, November 2

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The Intervention

He’d blown the Denver debate. Now he was on the verge of blowing the second and risking his reelection. “I just don’t know if I can do this,” Obama told his team. The story of how they turned things around, excerpted from Double Down: Game Change 2012.

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Into The Zombie Underworld

Separating truth from lore in Haiti: “The dossier was, at bottom, a murder story, the judge said—but it was a murder story with the great oddity that the victim did not die.”

Friday, November 1

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To Catch a Terrorist

The FBI hunts for the enemy within.

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A Yellow Card, Then Unfathomable Violence, in Brazil

What did soccer have to do with two brutal murders after a pickup game?

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Should This Inmate Get a State-Financed Sex Change Operation?

The complicated case of Michelle Kosilek, a murderer fighting for sexual reassignment surgery.

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The Prophet

A profile of personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, who built his biblically inspired get-out-of-debt empire on the premise “it’s within your power to not take part in recessions and the economic troubles facing American families.”

Thursday, October 31

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The Penitant Warlord: Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia’s most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins.