Monday, April 23

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Music Is My Bag

A childhood spent with the oboe.

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Get Rich U.

On the relationship between Stanford and Silicon Valley.

Sunday, April 22

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Undercover Anarchist

An undercover cop infiltrates a group of British activists, befriending and then betraying them.

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The Secret Life of a Society Maven

The author tracked down “the other” Alan – Alan Z. Feuer – for a story last year. After the other Alan’s death, however, the author learns the truth about the society man’s humble past.

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An American (Working) in Paris

An advertising copywriter adjusts to daily life in Paris, and works in a dysfunctional office.
Office culture in Paris held that it was each person's responsibility, upon arrival, to visit other people's desks and wish them good morning, and often kiss each person once on each cheek, depending on the parties' personal relationship, genders, and respective positions in the corporate hierarchy. Then you moved on to the next desk. Not everyone did it, but those who did not were noticed and remarked upon.

Saturday, April 21

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I, Turbo

On spending six months on the southern coast of Argentina with the “Jane Goodall of penguins” and several hundred of her research subjects.

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All Hail the Chairmen

On office chairs.

In the 1950s and '60s, the distinctions between rank found blunt expression in chair design, naming and price point; Knoll, for example, produced "Executive," "Advanced Management," and "Basic Operational" chairs in the late 1970s. Recall the archetypal scenes where the boss, back to the door, protected by an exaggerated, double-spine headrest, slowly swivels around to meet the eyes of his waiting subordinate, impotent in a stationary four-legger.

Friday, April 20

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Do Fingerprints Lie?

Controversy over the alleged gold standard of forensic evidence.

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The SEC: Outmanned, Outgunned, and On a Roll

Inside the investigation that broke the biggest case of insider trading in history.

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Karma Crash

How a scandal involving sex, money and a Wiccan coven brought down yogi John Friend.

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Is Chernobyl a Wild Kingdom or a Radioactive Den of Decay?

Scientists quarrel about the fate of animals living in the 1,600 square mile exclusion zone.