Thursday, May 17

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On the perils and poisons of mining for gold in southeastern Peru.

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“I didn’t realize who my father was. So it didn’t make a whole lot of difference. I wasn’t there believing that I was receiving genius from on high. My father was my father.”

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For a half-century fires have burned under Centralia, PA.

Wednesday, May 16

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On the lost pickup basketball games in D.C. between Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, then both still in college, during the summer of 1957.

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In a speech that’s getting a bit of flak for recycling some of his past lines, the stage- and screenwriter says it’s okay to make mistakes along the way:

And make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

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On the final two holdouts in Treece, Kansas, a former mining town that is soon to be wiped off the maps.

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“Being Justin Bieber means having an endless number of T-shirts to destroy.” A profile of the pop star just after his 18th birthday.

Tuesday, May 15

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The autopsy of a once-dominant site.

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A Kenyan runner loses himself in Alaska.

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How one company is rethinking the business of sex toys.

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A profile of Jamie Dimon as he became CEO of JP Morgan Chase.