Monday, December 10

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In Rust Belt, a Teenager’s Climb from Poverty

A profile of 11th-grader Tabitha Rouzzo.

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Operation Delirium

The legacy of a secret Cold War program that tested chemical weapons on thousands of American soldiers.

Sunday, December 9

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Back to the Grind

A coffee maven—and Frappuccino inventor—attempts a comeback in the cafe business.

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The Bandler Method, by Frank Clancy and Heidi Yorkshire

He was the father of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (a school of therapy that some would liken to scientific brainwashing), a guzzler of cocaine, and a highly paid lecturer with fabricated credentials. He was present when a young woman shot herself in Santa Cruz—but did he pull the trigger? A “parable for the New Age.”

Saturday, December 8

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The Rise and Fall of Jeremy Hammond: Enemy of the State

On the U.S. government’s pursuit of a legendary hacker.

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Signifying Rappers

Inside North Dorcester’s RJam Productions studio, where Nate and Gary Smith churn out rap demos for $500/tape.

Friday, December 7

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Megan Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church: An heir to hate

The next generation of America’s most controversial (and likely most despised) church.

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Escape to Alcatraz

On prison tourism.

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Horrific Fire Revealed a Gap in Safety for Global Brands

The human lives lost in exchange for cheaper goods.

The Gene Weingarten Archive

The Gene Weingarten Archive

Legendary birthday clowns, tragically neglectful parents, and a dogged search for the armpit of America — Weingarten on Longform.

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Thursday, December 6

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2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten

An oral history of Freaks and Geeks.