Thursday, September 20

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Indentured Servitude, Money Laundering, and Piles of Money: The Crazy Secrets of Internet Cam Girls (NSFW)

“If you think cam girls—those flirty naked characters that plague porn site pop-up ads—are raking in easy money, you’re right. If you think cam girls are bleakly stripping online out of desperation, you’re also right.”

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Rethinking Robert Rubin

An assessment of the former Secretary of the Treasury.

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Joe Arridy Was The Happiest Man On Death Row

Joe Arridy had an IQ of 46. In 1939, he was executed for a crime he neither understood nor committed.

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Where Is Cuba Going?

A nation’s uncertain future.

Wednesday, September 19

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The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

On the 1,600-year-old text that suggests that Jesus, long believed to be celibate, was a married man.

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The Boy They Couldn't Kill

Thirteen years ago, NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill the woman carrying his child. The woman, Cherica Adams, died. The child, Chancellor Lee Adams, did not.

Longform Podcast #7: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle.

"I was 24 when my son was born. People always say that kids get in the way, right? But actually it had the opposite effect on me. I feel like I could have spent my twenties doing all sorts of self-destructive things--that was my natural inclination--but having a kid suddenly makes that not OK ... The stakes of everything just went up. I think I'm the type of person where, for any reason, I only respond to pressure. That kid just so raised the pressure, for everything ... So I started writing for the Washington Monthly, and the Monthly pays shit, everybody knows that, right? They were paying ten cents a word at this point. But because they have these big-shots writing for them, nobody ever calls for the check! But I would say, 'no, I need you to send me that check. Yeah, I know it's only $150, but I actually need that check, you really need to send that check.'"

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Neil Young Comes Clean

At 66, Young sobers up.

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My Embed in Red

On a week spent immersed in right wing media.

Tuesday, September 18

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Pink Slime

Inside the cluttered Los Angeles apartment of lo-fi auteur Ariel Pink.

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Bad to the Bone

A medical device company experiments on humans.

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'Moral' Robots

The debate over autonomous lethal drones.