Wednesday, March 28

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Insane in the Membrane

The breathable outerwear industry is at war with Bob Gore—the inventor of Gore-Tex.

Tuesday, March 27

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Body Language

When we form our thoughts into speech, some of it leaks through our hands. Gestures are thoughts, ideas, speech acts made tangible in the air. They can even, for a moment, outlive the speaker.

What hand motions can teach us about language, ethnicity and assimilation.

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The Retreat

How life has changed in the neighborhood where Trayvon Martin was killed.

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Josh Macciello Convinced L.A. He Was in Line to Buy the Dodgers. But He Was Really a Fraud

How a con-man convinced Los Angeles that he was prepared to purchase the Dodgers from the now-bankrupt Frank McCourt.

Monday, March 26

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Operation Midnight Climax

How the CIA, under a program called MK-ULTRA, used a San Francisco apartment to dose johns with LSD.

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Mail Supremacy

On the Daily Mail’s dominance of England.

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The Song Machine

How a hit Rihanna single gets made.

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How They Did It

The inside story of the Affordable Care Act.

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It’s Different for 'Girls'

A profile of 25-year-old Lena Dunham, showrunner and star of HBO’s Girls.

Sunday, March 25

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He Was a Crook

An obituary for Richard Nixon.

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Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys

Death on America's racetracks:

At 2:11 p.m., as two ambulances waited with motors running, 10 horses burst from the starting gate at Ruidoso Downs Race Track 6,900 feet up in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains.

Nineteen seconds later, under a brilliant blue sky, a national champion jockey named Jacky Martin lay sprawled in the furrowed dirt just past the finish line, paralyzed, his neck broken in three places. On the ground next to him, his frightened horse, leg broken and chest heaving, was minutes away from being euthanized on the track. For finishing fourth on this early September day last year, Jacky Martin got about $60 and possibly a lifetime tethered to a respirator.