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Friday, November 30

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This Is Amazing!

A profile of Huell Howser, the happiest man on TV.

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Panic in Jerusalem

A community says its children are being targeted by a group of pedophiles. But did widespread sexual abuse actually take place?

Thursday, November 29

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Rich Man, Poor Man

Jack Whittaker won a $314 million Powerball jackpot. This bit of luck would destroy him.

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Questions Concerning the Murder of Benazir Bhutto

An inquiry into the assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister.

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Still Richard

Richard Simmons at 64, sweatin’ to the oldies (and country and disco) thrice weekly.

Wednesday, November 28

Longform Podcast #18: Mike Sager

Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group.

"I was instilled with this thing by my parents who loved me — they fucked me up plenty but they loved the shit out of me — where I can go with people who are different and I don't feel bad about myself. I've had 13-year-old pit-bull fighting kids shame me horribly...throw pebbles at my head, and it doesn't bother me. Because when I'm a reporter, I'm not me. I'm just there to get the job done and learn stuff. I don't take it personally. Plus, I know I'm going to get the last word."

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The Devil and John Holmes

He was a nobody who became a porn star, a porn star who became a destitute freebaser, an addict who set up his dealer to be robbed, and finally witness to a retaliatory massacre at the house they called Wonderland.

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Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

A species of jellyfish that can transform itself back to a polyp at any time appears to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world — you are born, and then you die.

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"I Pretty Much Wanted to Die"

The many reasons Lost shouldn’t have happened.

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The Coldscape

Our entire way of life depends upon the “cold chain,” the network of artificially refrigerated spaces that have reshaped the modern world.