Thursday, August 2

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No Refuge

A look back at the 2008 raid on Warren Jeffs’ polygamous Mormon sect.

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The Debtor

Darren Lumar lived in mansions he didn’t own, ran companies that didn’t make a dime, went to colleges that didn’t exist and slept with “any number of women” despite being married to James Brown’s daughter. When he was murdered, the cops had a problem: too many possible suspects.

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Some Jews & The Gays

Vidal on Midge Decter, homophobia and a proposed alliance between Jews and gays.

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Plasenzuela's Dirty Secrets

Welcome to Plasenzuela, whose 500 inhabitants enjoyed no-show jobs, spent millions on phantom projects and defrauded Social Security.

Wednesday, August 1

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Patton Oswalt's Letters to Both Sides

Creators, gatekeepers, and the future of the comedy business.

A transcript of Oswalt's keynote at last week's Just For Laughs conference.
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Broken Heartland

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains.

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Healing Spirits

On the uneasy relationship between magic and medicine.

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The Heretic

On the legal history of LSD in America and a researcher who never gave up on the drug’s promise.

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Gore Vidal: The Art of Fiction No. 50

INTERVIEWER: You once said the novel is dead. VIDAL: That was a joke.

Tuesday, July 31

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Adam Wheeler Went to Harvard

Adam Wheeler lied on his college application. Lawrence Summers facilitated the destruction of the global economy.

Only one of these Harvard men was given jail time.

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How I Hacked My Brain with Adderall: A Cautionary Tale

“Transforming into an Administrative Jekyll for a certain amount of time every day limits the amount of time my Creative Hyde can come up with content to market and sell. Luckily, amphetamines have that problem tackled as well: when you’re using them, you don’t have to sleep… at all.”