Wednesday, December 21

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The Vancouver riots and an unforgettable image.

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Alarmingly sophisticated imitations of American currency have turned up all over the world and the false-paper trail leads to North Korea.

Tuesday, December 20

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Now 85, Berry still records live music. He just doesn’t want you to hear it.

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He was the world’s foremost collector of presidential memorabilia, an outsider with a pathological need to fit in. He was also a thief.

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In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder, vilified from all quarters, and sent to prison for life. But was this churchgoing young woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim?

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A former colleague visits the ‘Fire Fiend’ in prison.

Monday, December 19

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The search for what makes identical twins different.

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A profile of a porn star on trial.

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On the “horrible weirdness” of Kim Jung Il’s Korea.

Sunday, December 18

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A portrait of Czech President Václav Havel as he left office.

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Why little has changed in popular American style in the last 20 years.

Why is this happening? In some large measure, I think, it’s an unconscious collective reaction to all the profound nonstop newness we’re experiencing on the tech and geopolitical and economic fronts. People have a limited capacity to embrace flux and strangeness and dissatisfaction, and right now we’re maxed out.