Saturday, July 13

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In Iraq, the Bomb-Detecting Device That Didn't Work, Except to Make Money

How a con man named James McCormick sold $38 million worth of phony bomb-detection devices to Iraqi authorities.

Friday, July 12

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Death in the Desert

In early 2012, the bones of a woman and young boy were found near the Arizona-Mexico border. The author investigates who they were and how they died.

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Remade in Taiwan

When Manny Ramirez played half a season for the E-DA Rhinos.

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Heaven Can't Wait

Attending the Afterlife Awareness Conference.

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Alone With the Strangler

Encounters with Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler.

Thursday, July 11

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At Sears, Eddie Lampert's Warring Divisions Model Adds to the Troubles

The story of a risky management style gone bust.

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Special Deal

The shadowy cartel of doctors that control U.S. healthcare.

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Shooting the Messengers

Is being a war correspondent worth the risk?

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Wanted: Macho Men with Mustaches

On the origins of The Village People.

Wednesday, July 10

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Miss Teen America Finds Freedom, for a Day

On the lonely life of a for-profit pageant queen.

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You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

On having breasts and playing sports.

Longform Podcast #49: Brendan I. Koerner

Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of The Skies Belong to Us.

"It was this big review in The New York Times and I was terrified that it was going to say something awful about the book or about me as a writer. And my son said to me — he's 5, I should say — "If it's bad, you won't die." That's a good point, you know? So I always think of that when I pick up a new review and take that risk of someone slamming something that I've genuinely poured my heart and soul into. You'll live to fight another day."

Thanks to TinyLetter and the The Literary Reportage concentration at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for sponsoring this week's episode.

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