Friday, July 27

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Why America’s Funniest Home Videos Won’t Die

The secret is an exclusive 22-year-old archive of viewer-submitted clips.

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To prove son’s innocence, dad pushes himself to brink

Bill Ferguson does not believe his son, Ryan, killed a popular newspaper editor. To prove it, he’s drained his savings, performed public re-enactments of the crime, and alienated almost everyone in his Missouri city.

Thursday, July 26

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Letter From Munich

On the scene of the darkest games in Olympics history.

Part of our Olympics primer, on the Longform blog.
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The Wedding of the Century

The frenzied few days before the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.

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Living With Voices

A radical new treatment for auditory hallucinations.

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A High Holy Whodunit

How and why did 200 pages of the Aleppo Codex, “the oldest, most complete, most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible,” go missing?

Wednesday, July 25

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The Politics of Killing

Two men named Nathan committed murders. Only one received a death sentence.

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The Secret Mainstream

The life and films of Werner Herzog.

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Did Football Kill Austin Trenum?

Just days after suffering a concussion, a 17-year-old fullback hangs himself. Inside his family’s journey to learn if a brain injury is to blame.

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Nietzsche Is Dead

The 1900 death of Fritz and the battle to define his legacy.

Tuesday, July 24

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Heavy Breeding

The 1920s experiment to reverse-engineer wild cows.

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Leopold’s Ghost

A college president on the bizarre experience of being informed by NBC News that he had hired a war criminal to teach French.