Thursday, July 5

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The Audition

On trying out for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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A Journey Into The Mind of Watts

On life in Los Angeles, and the specter of a second riot.

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Blackballed

The playground, the Ivy League, the triangle offense,  and how we dreamed up a “black basketball” and “white basketball.”

Wednesday, July 4

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The Commandments

The Constitution and its worshippers.

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Tuesday, July 3

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Requiem for a Russian Spy

A CIA veteran remembers his Soviet nemesis, Leonid Vladimirovich Shebarshin, who was the chairman of the KGB for a single day during the 1991 coup against Gorbachev, and committed suicide in Moscow in March.

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The Perfect Compliment

Experiments in making others feel good.

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Rachel Maddow's Quiet War

An ode to the MSNBC anchor.

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The Long History of the Espresso Machine

“Good espresso depends on the fourM’sMacchina, the espresso machine; Macinazione, the proper grinding of a beans; Miscela, the coffee blend and the roast, and Mano is the skilled hand of the barista, because even with the finest beans and the most advanced equipment, the shot depends on the touch and style of the barista.”

Monday, July 2

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Mr. Anderson Cooper, Superstar

A profile from Cooper’s early days an an anchor.

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The Dweebs on the Bus

The taming of the political reporter.