Sunday, July 14


The American Cloud

The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”

Saturday, July 13


The Murders of Gonzago

On the film The Act of Killing, in which the actual perpetrators of a 1966-1966 Indonesian genocide recreate their own actions for the camera, and what it can tell us about our memories of the Vietnam War.


In Iraq, the Bomb-Detecting Device That Didn't Work, Except to Make Money

How a con man named James McCormick sold $38 million worth of phony bomb-detection devices to Iraqi authorities.

Friday, July 12


Death in the Desert

In early 2012, the bones of a woman and young boy were found near the Arizona-Mexico border. The author investigates who they were and how they died.


Remade in Taiwan

When Manny Ramirez played half a season for the E-DA Rhinos.


Heaven Can't Wait

Attending the Afterlife Awareness Conference.


Alone With the Strangler

Encounters with Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler.

Thursday, July 11


At Sears, Eddie Lampert's Warring Divisions Model Adds to the Troubles

The story of a risky management style gone bust.


Special Deal

The shadowy cartel of doctors that control U.S. healthcare.


Shooting the Messengers

Is being a war correspondent worth the risk?


Wanted: Macho Men with Mustaches

On the origins of The Village People.

Wednesday, July 10


Miss Teen America Finds Freedom, for a Day

On the lonely life of a for-profit pageant queen.