Sunday, July 1

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Beat Boutique

On the surprising radicalism of library music – “music that has been composed and recorded for commercial purposes.”

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‘It Hasn’t Been a Disaster’

An interview with Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich on his career afterlife as a “a clocker and chart-caller” and occasional breeder at an Iowa race horse track.

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Short-Fused and Explosive

A profile of Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli.

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My Life as a Bibliophile

On collecting books.

I have lived in books, for books, by and with books; in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to live from books. And it was through books that I first realised there were other worlds beyond my own; first imagined what it might be like to be another person; first encountered that deeply intimate bond made when a writer's voice gets inside a reader's head.

Saturday, June 30

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Getting Away with It

How Wall Street thoroughly dominated Obama’s economic policy.

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The Comfort Zone

Growing up with Charlie Brown.

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Chris Bell: That Don't Get Him Back Again

Listening to the Big Star songwriter, who left the group before dying in a solo car crash at 27.

His voice, on the recordings, is too sensitive. That's meant not as an aesthetic judgment. It wasn't too sensitive for the material, in other words. It was too sensitive for life. You listen to him sing, closely, and if you don't know another thing about what happened to him, you know that the guy with that voice is not going to last.

Friday, June 29

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There is No Crying in Show Choir

On the road with three high school show choirs and a dream.

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Amber Waves of Green

How six different people live off six different, and wildly varying, incomes.

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The Talented M. Despallières

How the author became tangled up with an international con man who may or may not have murdered several people.

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A Snitch's Dilemma

Life as a police informant.

Thursday, June 28

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Angels & Demons

On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.