Monday, December 24

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Listening to Beck

A profile of Beck on the eve of his new album and nearly 20 years after the release of “Loser.”

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Sunday, December 23

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Interview with a Ginza Hostess

An interview with a woman who works in one of the exclusive hostess bars in Tokyo’s Ginza district, where an elite clientele pay heavily for champagne, whiskey, and conversation, and client-hostess relationships can span decades.

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Let's Call It Failure

On the future of Britain’s finances.

Saturday, December 22

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Liner Notes: Roky Erickson's 'True Love Cast Out All Evil'

Grammy-winning liner notes describing the rise, fall, and rebirth of Roky Erickson, who founded the psychedelic rock pioneers The Thirteenth Floor Elevators before a charge stemming from a single marijuana joint landed him in a Texas mental hospital.

Friday, December 21

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David Pinchbeck and the New Psychedelic Elite

How the pop psychedelic author helped jumpstart the modern apocalypse movement after an alleged visit from “Quetzal-coatl, a mystical bird-serpent in Mayan myths.”

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Mississippi Drift

An ill-fated trip down the river with a group of anarchists.

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Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church

On the culture of misogyny and abuse at one of the nation’s largest megachurches.

Thursday, December 20

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Who’s Afraid Of Nichols & May?

Their partnership lasted a mere four years, but transformed comedy forever. Mike Nichols and Elaine may give their first joint interview since breaking up 51 years ago.

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Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up

“I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information. As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down. Reading that changed my life. I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage? Don’t I know how to do this already? The answer is no. You must keep doing it. The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop.”