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Monday, May 28

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A Psychotronic Childhood

Growing up on B-movies.

Sunday, May 27

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Playboy Goes West

As Playboy magazine moves to Los Angeles, the writer considers its place in the Midwest.

No other general interest magazine tried to reach readers in the wide swathe of land between New York and California. “It was a Midwestern magazine, designed for people there. If you wanted it to be hip, edgy, go toe-to-toe with GQ, you were making a mistake,” said Chris Napolitano, a former executive editor who began at Playboy in 1988.

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A New York Times Whodunit

On the ouster of CEO Janet Robinson and the company’s financial woes.

Saturday, May 26

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Sorority Row

On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.

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The House that Christian Ponder Built

The political fight over a new football stadium in Minnesota.

Friday, May 25

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Of Meat and Men

The story behind “the best brisket you’ll ever eat.”

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Grace in Broken Arrow

The anatomy of a sex abuse scandal at a Christian school in Oklahoma.

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Finding Oscar

A man living in the Boston suburbs learns he could be one of the only survivors of a 1982 massacre in Guatemala.

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A Life Worth Ending

The author on his mother’s deteriorating health and the “price of longevity.”

Thursday, May 24

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When Lois Pearson Started Fighting Back

For 12 days she was tortured and raped by a former neighbor, who strung her up on a deer-skinning device. On the fourth day, she forgave him.