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Friday, October 19

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The Battle for Best Buy, the Incredible Shrinking Big Box

The rise and (potential) fall of the electronics superstore.

Thursday, October 18

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The Scariest Little Corner of the World

Zaranj: the bloody border of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America's Prisons.

“For hours, days, I fixated on the patch of sunlight cast against my wall through those barred and grated windows. When, after five weeks, my knees buckled and I fell to the ground utterly broken, sobbing and rocking to the beat of my heart, it was the patch of sunlight that brought me back.”

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Joel Klein's Misleading Autobiography

The former chancellor of New York City schools was not, in fact, “a child of the streets. He was not an academically unmotivated student. He did not come from a deprived family background. He did not grow up in public housing as we understand it today.”

Wednesday, October 17

Longform Podcast #12: Mina Kimes

Mina Kimes is a writer for Fortune.

"A lot of people have asked me about my attitudes towards capitalism, or Wall Street in general. You know, there are companies on Wall Street that are doing good things, and there are companies on Wall Street that are doing bad things. At Fortune, our job is to look at both, and to explain why. I think in many cases, when it comes to the ones that are doing bad things, it takes people like us and other financial journalists to expose and question them."

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Bill & Hillary Forever

On the Clintons’ political future.

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Random Roles: Kelly Lynch

The Drugstore Cowboy star candidly discusses the characters who defined her career.

Tuesday, October 16

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Rocket Man

A profile of Jeremy Lin.

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Ice

An impossible hike in Western China.