Thursday, April 19

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Why Dick Clark Can't Say 'So Long.'

At 67, the American Bandstand icon remains “one hard-working mother.”

Wednesday, April 18

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The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret

How killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.

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Six Degrees of Aggregation

The story of the Huffington Post.

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Greening the Ghetto

A profile of environmental activist Van Jones.

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How the New York Film Academy Discovered Gold in the Developing World

On the trade school’s business model and its founder, a former movie producer named Jerry Sherlock.

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The Golden Touch

Attending the two-day-long “Crap$ 101” course, where aspiring craps players learn the Golden Touch system of betting, visualize dice tosses, and pursue the elusive “controlled throw.”

Tuesday, April 17

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The Sordid Secrets of Babylon

An interview with the experimental filmmaker and Hollywood chronicler Kenneth Anger, 85.

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Who Was Cowboy Neal?

Neal punctuated Jack’s riffing with his “yesses” and “that’s rights,” head bobbing on his neck like a novice prizefighter’s. After four years of New York nihilism and intellection, Neal – wiping Jack’s face with his handkerchief – Neal – who looked so much like Jack himself, an athlete like Jack – celebrated lover of women and sharer of Allen’s passionate dark soul – finally the long-lost brother who said, “Go ahead, everything you do is great” – “a Western kinsmen of the sun” – “a wild yea-saying over-burst of American joy.”

The life and myth of Neal Cassady, Beat companion and muse for Kesey, Wolfe, Kerouac, Ginsberg, The Grateful Dead and more.

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Truth or Consequences

The story behind the story that ended Dan Rather’s career.

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How Do You Explain Gene Weingarten?

A profile of the eccentric Gene Weingarten, the only person to twice win the Pulitzer for feature writing.

Monday, April 16

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The Bravest Woman in Seattle

She survived an evil, gruesome attack. Her partner did not. An account of a victim, a widow, telling her story on the witness stand.

Update, 4/16/12: This piece was just awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
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The Most Dangerous Gamer

Jonathan Blow is both the video game industry’s most cynical critic and its most ambitious game developer. As he finishes his indescribable game-opus, a trip inside the head of a videogame auteur.