Tuesday, December 31


The Madness of the Planets

Space is only getting weirder.


What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies

“It’s Tuesday, it’s February, it’s my first day back at work after a week on vacation. I notice the candle in the foyer just as the whoosh of the door blows it out. They never did that for my birthday, I think as I walk past reception.”

Monday, December 30


Fallon Fox: The Toughest Woman in Sports

A profile of the first and only transgender MMA fighter.


The Defense of a Jewish Collaborator

On Benjamin Murmelstein, the head of the council of elders at the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


Arendt & Eichmann: The New Truth

Rethinking Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.


A Mission Gone Wrong

A bungled operation in Honduras and the enduring ineffectiveness of America’s war on drugs.

Sunday, December 29


A Deadly Mix in Benghazi

Investigating the murky reality behind the attack in Libya.


The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

Arriving in China at 23, Sidney Rittenberg spent 35 years as a “friend, confidante, translator, and journalist” for the Communist Party’s top leaders. In this interview, he recalls both his friendship with Chairman Mao and the 16 years he spent in solitary confinement.

Saturday, December 28


Cell Block Four

The rise and fall of the new oligarchs, who raided the Russian state. When Putin came to power most fled, but not Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “The other oligarchs, when they saw the fuzz, knew they should run. But Khodorkovsky forgot.”


The Intelligent Plant

On the neurobiology of flora.

Friday, December 27


Split Personalities

“Does a talent for comedy necessitate a tragic life?”