Tuesday, May 27

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The Short, Unhappy Life of Jeremiah Oliver, Failed by All

What led to the death of a 5-year-old boy, “the Everychild in the state system.”

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In Kenya, Running With Chinese Characteristics

The Chinese team heads to the home of elite running.

Monday, May 26

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Inheritance

On Edward St. Aubyn’s autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels.

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The Song Remains Pretty Similar

On a recent lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven and Led Zeppelin’s deep catalog of songs that were revealed to have been written by others.

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The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Somaly Mam’s harrowing story of her own flight from sexual servitude and the stories of hundreds of girls she rescued from Cambodian brothels brought her fame and helped raise millions for her non-profit. Does it matter if none or few of the stories are true?

Sunday, May 25

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Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?

When David Sneddon disappeared hiking around western China, officials chalked it up to a drowning. A decade later, it appears he had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea.

Saturday, May 24

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"Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry"

The laundry wars of Silicon Valley.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "We're Coming for Them"

A study in building spaceships.

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How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

Tom Cruise did not, in fact, jump up and down on Oprah’s couch.

Friday, May 23

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Murder and Revenge in Papua New Guinea

Deep in the jungle, the tourists were targetted, but only the porters were hacked by the machetes. Was it a robbery? Or a deeper pattern of violence amongst ancient tribes?

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The Mansion: A Subprime Parable

On the urge to live in a house you can't afford, the "acceptable lust" of American life.

Previously: Michael Lewis on the Longform Podcast.