“This is the story of Billy Conn, who won the girl he loved but lost the best fight ever.”
Monday, February 25
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.
Sunday, February 24
A profile of Max Wade, a Marin County teenager on trial for stealing Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini and using it in the first drive-by in the history of Mill Valley, California.
Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.
Saturday, February 23
Shanghai, in 1989 and 2013. Excerpted from A History of Future Cities.
A lifelong Jehovah’s Witness moves to China to proselytize.
Friday, February 22
Bob Voulgaris and his math prodigy sidekick attempt to create the perfect betting algorithm.
How Adalia Rose, a six-year-old with an early-aging disorder called progeria, became both an Internet celebrity and the target of online vitriol.
The science of acquired savant syndrome.
William Sparkman Jr., a census worker, was found hanging from a tree in rural Kentucky. He was naked, hands bound, with the letters “FED” written across his chest. Inside the investigation into how – and why – he died.