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Friday, November 16

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The Tragedy of Britney Spears

A profile of Spears at her nadir.

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The Markovian Parallax Denigrate: Unraveling the Internet’s Oldest and Weirdest mystery

How conspiracy theory links the internet’s first spam (a series of randomly generated words with the subject line Markovian Parallax Denigrate) with a woman who posed as a CIA agent and was convicted of receiving funds from Saddam Hussein’s government.

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When the Nerds Go Marching In

How a team of 40 engineers helped reelect Barack Obama.

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The Last Time They Met

The night his Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers for the national championship, Brian Downing put his balls on the face of a passed out LSU fan named Garrison Stamp. The act was caught on video, the video went viral, and their lives were never the same.

Thursday, November 15

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A Mormon Reporter On The Romney Bus

Memoir of a Latter-day campaign correspondent.

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The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly

Ashlyn Blocker, 13, has a “congenital insensitivity to pain.”

Wednesday, November 14

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Last Champions of the Third Reich

The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.

Longform Podcast #16: Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff is an executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly.

"There are many, many people who write and they have tragic stories, but they're not necessarily compelling magazine articles. Figuring out what is a compelling magazine article and what isn't is one of the more painful things about this. You can't look into every case. But your job is to be a storyteller."

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The Last Laughing Death

A 50-year medical riddle in Papua New Guinea and the man who made solving it his life’s work.

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GOING SOUTERRAIN

Exploring Paris’s parallel universe of tunnels, caverns and catacombs.

Tuesday, November 13

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My 6,128 Favorite Books

“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.”