Wednesday, July 24

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2001: A Space Odyssey — Discerning Themes Through Score and Imagery

A 22,000-word breakdown of Kubrick’s “odyssey portraying the span of millennia.”

Longform Podcast #51: Robert Kolker

Robert Kolker is the author of Lost Girls and a contributing editor at New York.

"For better or for worse, my heart's not in the mystery. I want [the killer] to be caught—he's obviously a predator and he's unstable. But they all are. They're all messed up people who victimize other people and they all look normal. The art and science of catching serial killers has become more than slightly overblown in our society. And you know, I love Silence of the Lambs … but I'm not entirely sure that our obsession with who the serial killer is and why a serial killer does it is in proportion with how interesting they end up being."

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How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn’t worked out that way.

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Monica Takes Manhattan

Monica Lewinsky’s post-scandal life in New York City.

Tuesday, July 23

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At 99, a St. Petersburg Man Finds Meaning in the Working Life

Newton Murray got his first job in 1926. He’s seldom missed a day of work since.

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The Secret Service Agent Who Collared Cybercrooks by Selling Them Fake IDs

“The government calls it “Operation Open Market,” a four-year investigation resulting, so far, in four federal grand jury indictments against 55 defendants in 10 countries, facing a cumulative millennium of prison time. What many of those alleged scammers, carders, thieves, and racketeers have in common is one simple mistake: They bought their high-quality fake IDs from a sophisticated driver’s license counterfeiting factory secretly established, owned, and operated by the United States Secret Service.”

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Sleep-Away Camp for Postmodern Cowboys

Team America voyages to Jordan’s King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center to compete against top-seeded China and other squads in challenges based on counter-terrorism scenarios.

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The Hoboken Sound: An Oral History of Maxwell's

Remembering the indie rock club that The New York Times once said was “so New York that it’s in New Jersey.”

Monday, July 22

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The Last Days of Big Law

The money has dried up, the models are broken and “there are simply many, many more high-priced lawyers today than there is high-priced legal work.” On the end of an era.

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When 772 Pitches Isn't Enough

The fate of a star 16-year-old pitcher in Japan.

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Slow Ideas

Why some innovations spread quick while others take decades to catch hold.

Sunday, July 21

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A Shuffle of Aluminum, but to Banks, Pure Gold

How Goldman Sachs made $5 billion by controlling supply and manipulating the aluminum market.