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.

Friday, March 22

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Chinua Achebe: The Art of Fiction No. 139

An interview with the late writer.

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Iraq's Baby Noor

Born with spina bifida, Noor al-Zahra Haider entered the media spotlight in 2005 after U.S. troops arranged her life-saving surgery in America. This is what happened when she returned to Iraq.

Thursday, March 21

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A Court Of No Appeal

How one obscure sentence upset the New York Times.

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The Legend of Chris Kyle

A profile of the deadliest sniper in American history, who was murdered last month by a fellow soldier.

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Pitch Battles

Conspiracy theories, utopian fantasies, and cult involvement surrounding the international standard of musical tuning.