Monday, May 7

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Is creativity in our genes? A self-made scholar’s search for the answer.

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In the early ’90s, American Airlines began selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel. It hasn’t worked out well for the airline.

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On geoengineering, a high risk/high reward fix for global warming.

Sunday, May 6

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One man’s stories from the early days of the NBA.

The Longform Guide to Restaurants



Manic chefs, the first singles bar, and the secret to McDonald’s fries—a collection of stories about the restaurant business, at Slate.

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Eco-tourism in the Himalayas.

The valley is everything you'd want and more. An icy milky river thunders over rocks and below steep wooded slopes are lush fields where people are working the land, oblivious to the Gore-Tex procession. Oblivious but not unaffected: the houses are smart, the prayer wheels freshly painted, just about everyone has a mobile phone, it seems, and is on it, and there are very few places you can't get a signal around here. This is not really the place to come if you're looking for peace and quiet.

Saturday, May 5

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The story of one man’s descent into lies and illegal activity – and why it could so easily happen to any of us.

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A look at Chicago’s DJ culture in the ’90s.

One day in 1997, Sneak promised his friend and fellow Chicago DJ Derrick Carter a new 12-inch for Carter's label Classic, then spent hours fruitlessly laboring over a basic, bustling four-four beat. Finally, Sneak gave in and smoked the J he'd had stashed for later in the day. When he came back inside, he carelessly dropped the needle onto a Teddy Pendergrass LP, heard the word "Well . . . ," and realized, "That's the sample, right there." He threaded Pendergrass's 20-year-old disco hit "You Can't Hide From Yourself" through a low-pass filter to give it the effect of going in and out of aural focus, creating one of the definitive Chicago house singles.

Friday, May 4

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The Beastie Boys on tour in Los Angeles shortly after the release of their debut album, Licensed to Ill.