Friday, November 29

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The Science of Hatred

A Bosnian social psychologist who studies guilt and responsibility in the collective memory (and denial) of Sreberbica, which is “among the most scientifically documented mass killings in history.”

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Bad Blood

The death of a Russian dissident and how radioactive poison became a tool of assassins.

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Pixel Perfect

A profile of the world’s top photo retoucher, who typically can retouch over 100 images in a single issue of Vogue.

Thursday, November 28

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Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now

A political history of Donald Rumsfeld.

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Basta Bunga Bunga

On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.

Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.

Wednesday, November 27

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The Last Days of the President

Lyndon Baines Johnson in retirement.

Longform Podcast #70: Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace is an editor-at-large for Los Angeles and a correspondent for GQ .

"I've written about the anti-vaccine movement. I love true crime. I've written a lot of murder stories. The thing that unites all of them—whether it's a celebrity profile or a biologist who murdered a bunch of people or Justin Timberlake—it's almost trite to say, but there's a humanity to each of these people. And figuring out what's making them tick in the moment, or in general, is interesting to me. In a way, that's my sweet spot."

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Interview with US Defense Attorney Turned Tijuana Narcojunior

An interview with a Mexican-born American attorney who defended and eventually smuggled for the cartels in the ’90s.

Tuesday, November 26

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My First Mistake

Adventures as a mortuary assistant.

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The Book of Tebow

On faith and football.

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Animals Were Harmed

An investigation into how Hollywood abuses animals.

Monday, November 25

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The Science of Citizenship

A former teacher on what students lose when elementary schools skimp on science.