Saturday, December 28

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Cell Block Four

The rise and fall of the new oligarchs, who raided the Russian state. When Putin came to power most fled, but not Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “The other oligarchs, when they saw the fuzz, knew they should run. But Khodorkovsky forgot.”

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The Intelligent Plant

On the neurobiology of flora.

Friday, December 27

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Split Personalities

“Does a talent for comedy necessitate a tragic life?”

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How Britain Exported Next-Generation Surveillance

The rise of automatic number plate recognition and its real-world consequences.

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The Heartbreak Boys of Coogee Beach

Eleven members of an Australian rugby club traveled to Bali. After a bomb went off at a nightclub, only five of them made it home.

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Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet

How a 20-something made millions as an e-commerce hustler.

Thursday, December 26

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The French As Dostoevsky Saw Them

“Americans find it hard to believe that foreigners are unalterably foreign, for they have seen generations of immigrants who became Americans.”

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The Corporate "Free Speech" Racket

How corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation.

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La Dolce Alfonse!

The riotous private sector life of former New York senator, Al D’Amato.

Wednesday, December 25

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Where Will We Live?

What happens when we run out of houses.

Tuesday, December 24

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The Fight Over the Doves

Resurrecting a legendary typeface.