Wednesday, August 31

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An oral history of the soap opera.

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In America's third oldest major city, a new sport has been born. It's called rustling cars. According to auto‑theft statis­tics, Newark has the highest rate of car theft per capita in the nation, more than forty cars each day. Sixty‑five percent of the thefts are perpetrated by teens and preteens, known hereabouts as the Doughnut Boys.
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Inside the safe houses where Syrian youth protesters have retreated since the uprising:

Around his neck he wore a tiny toy penguin that was actually a thumb drive, which he treated like a talisman, occasionally squeezing it to make sure it was still there. I sat next to him on the mattress and watched as he traded messages with other activists on Skype, then updated a Facebook page that serves as an underground newspaper, then marked a Google Earth map of Homs with the spots of the latest unrest. “If there’s no Internet,” Abdullah said, “there’s no life.”

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China’s new generation of neocon nationalists.

Tuesday, August 30

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On a 1955 ferris wheel accident.

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A profile of Barry Bonds published as the steroid talk intensified.

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On the dying city of Port Arthur, Texas, and one man’s fight to save it.

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In 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy and held the entire American diplomatic mission hostage for fifteen months. Twenty-five years later, the students reflected on their actions, many with regret.

Monday, August 29

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On the tortured afterlives of cast members.

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Inside the cult appeal of the hit convenience mart/gas station Wawa.

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How a middle-class jock from a Texas border town became La Barbie, one of the most ruthless and feared cartel leaders in Mexico.

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A profile of Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek.