Saturday, April 28

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Sears – Where America Shopped

An uncertain future for the retailer.

"Sears was so powerful and so successful at one time that they could build the tallest building in the world that they did not need," says James Schrager, a professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. "The Sears Tower stands as a monument to how quickly fortunes can change in retailing, and as a very graphic example of what can go wrong if you don't 'watch the store' every minute of every day."

Friday, April 27

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The Situation and the Story: Press Corps Parties While White House Makes History

On the last weekend of April 2011, two things happened in Washington D.C.: the annual White House Correspondents Dinner and the decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound. This is the story of how both transpired.

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Alone, 'Riodoce' Covers the Drug Cartel Beat

A profile of the Mexican newsweekly, a “lone voice” in reporting on the narcos.

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The Accidental Sex Offender

On having sex with your high school girlfriend – and paying the price for years to come.

Thursday, April 26

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A Chilling Photograph's Hidden History

In 1979, a Pulitzer was given to “an unnamed photographer of United Press International” who documented a mass execution in Iran.

His name is Jahangir Razmi – and, nearly three decades later, he wants the credit.

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George Zimmerman: Prelude To a Shooting

A portrait of Trayvon Martin’s killer.

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In Nothing We Trust

The infuriating tale of Muncie, Indiana: When public institutions fail.

Wednesday, April 25

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On the Origins of the Arts

A sociobiologist on how we evolved into artists.

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The Criminalization of Bad Mothers

Alabama’s chemical-endangerment law was passed to protect kids from meth labs. But is the prosecution of about 60 mothers – and the definition of “child” extended to “unborn child” – pushing its boundaries too far?

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A Rumbling of Things Unknown

On Marilyn Monroe and the pains of post-war America.

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"We Thought the Sun Would Always Shine on Our Lives"

In 1987, a terrible accident kills five Ole Miss sorority members. The author catches up with her Chi Omega sisters who survived.