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Saturday, March 24

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The Space Is the Place

On Abbey Road studios, the Beatles, and modern record production.

Friday, March 23

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The Last Tour

A decorated Iraq war veteran with PTSD kills his brother and himself after a high-speed chase near the Grand Canyon.

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The Killer and Mrs. Johnson

Mary Ellen Johnson, a 48-year-old author, befriends a teenager convicted of murdering his parents.

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Native Tongues

The making of the “five-thousand-page, five-volume book, known formally as the Dictionary of American Regional English and colloquially just as DARE”:

What joking names do you have for an alarm clock? For a toothpick? For a container for kitchen scraps? Or an indoor toilet? Or women’s underwear? When a woman divides her hair into three strands and twists them together, you say she is_____her hair? What words do you have to describe people’s legs if they’re noticeably bent, or uneven, or not right? What do you call the mark on the skin where somebody has sucked it hard and brought blood to the surface?

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BuzzFeed, the Ad Model for the Facebook Era?

How the website mastered “Social Publishing”:

To understand some of the principles underlying BuzzFeed’s strategy, he recommends reading The Individual in a Social World, a 1977 book by Stanley Milgram, who is known, among other things, for his experiments leading to the six degrees of separation theory. “When some cute kitten video goes viral,” says [Jonah] Peretti, “you know a Stanley Milgram experiment is happening thousands of times a day.”

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Under the Desert Sun

Ed Rosenthal recounts the six days he got lost in Joshua Tree National Park.

Thursday, March 22

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Toxic

An investigation into Erin Brockovich and the lawsuits that made her famous.

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The Barry in Winter

Marion Barry is running for reelection – and nobody cares.

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Beyond The Battlefield: Afghanistan's Wounded Struggle With Genital Injuries

"I remember lying on my side, dust everywhere, and I looked down and saw my arms were split open and squirting blood and I had just two bloody stumps above my knees," said Marine 1st Lt. James Byler, 26, who was blown up a few weeks before Mark Litynski. "My first coherent words to my Marines were, 'Hey! check my nuts!'
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Legacy of a Lonesome Death

In 1963, William Zantzinger was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Hattie Carroll and then immortalized – and somewhat defamed – by Bob Dylan. What’s he been up to since then?

Wednesday, March 21

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The Right Not to Know

One woman’s ordeal with Texas’ new sonogram law.

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Travels in London's Sewers

Joining the water company’s “flushermen” to tour London’s sewers.