Friday, May 18

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The Madness of General Mladic

A profile of former Bosnia Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial began, and was abruptly suspended, this week.

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All the World is Staged

Catching “the world’s most prolific criminal fixer of soccer matches.”

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The Devils in the Diva

A posthumous profile of Whitney Houston.

Thursday, May 17

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Money Unlimited

How Chief Justice John Roberts pulled off Citizens United.

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Mother of God, Child of Zeus

On the perils and poisons of mining for gold in southeastern Peru.

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An Interview With Thom Steinbeck

“I didn’t realize who my father was. So it didn’t make a whole lot of difference. I wasn’t there believing that I was receiving genius from on high. My father was my father.”

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Fire in the Hole

For a half-century fires have burned under Centralia, PA.

Wednesday, May 16

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Wilt vs. Elgin: When Their World Was the Playground

On the lost pickup basketball games in D.C. between Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, then both still in college, during the summer of 1957.

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“Today is May 13th, and Today You Graduate, and My Friends, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

In a speech that’s getting a bit of flak for recycling some of his past lines, the stage- and screenwriter says it’s okay to make mistakes along the way:

And make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

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Last Ones Left in a Toxic Kansas Town

On the final two holdouts in Treece, Kansas, a former mining town that is soon to be wiped off the maps.

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Man Up Bieber

“Being Justin Bieber means having an endless number of T-shirts to destroy.” A profile of the pop star just after his 18th birthday.

Tuesday, May 15