Thursday, January 17

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Edge and the Art Collector

Steven Cohen, troubled founder a $14 billion hedge fund, has an eye for modern art.

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Which Way Did the Taliban Go?

As NATO leaves, the Afghan National Army grapples with a resilient Taliban.

Wednesday, January 16

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Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, the Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season, Is a Hoax

The story was told by Sports Illustrated, CBS News, and countless others: linbeacker Manti Te’o, Heisman trophy candidate and the face of Notre Dame football, was playing brilliantly despite the tragic loss of his girlfriend to leukemia early in the season. The reporters missed one key element of Te’o’s story, however: the girl hadn’t died. She couldn’t have. She didn’t exist.

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The Last Years of Richard Pryor

In 1980, Richard Pryor doused himself in rum, lit himself, and streaked though the streets or Northridge in a ball of flames. He would go on to live another 25 years.

Longform Podcast #23: Starlee Kine

Starlee Kine is a contributor to This American Life and the New York Times Magazine.

"There's a fearlessness I had when I was younger that I don't have now ... It threw me into a crisis, the Internet in general. You're more cautious about what you kind of have out there. There's that, that I just don't want people to know every single thing anymore, but there's [also] an inner fear that did not exist before, an inner censoring that was not there."

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For Amusement Only

From pinball prohibition in 1940s NYC to Dave & Buster’s, the rise and fall of the American arcade.

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The Carefully Cultivated Soul of SoulCycle

On the casting process for New York’s cult leader-like spin instructors.

Tuesday, January 15

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The Longest Hunger Strike

An inmate’s protest.

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Against Joie de Vivre

Why parties, love, kids, conversation and more are so miserable (at least to Phillip Lopate).

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96 Minutes

An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.