Tuesday, January 17

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Aches on a Plane

On the attempted hijacking of a FedEx flight by a FedEx employee.

Monday, January 16

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The Embarrassment of Riches

A pre-recession essay on becoming extremely wealthy.

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Sunday, January 15

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The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub

Covering a presidential candidate and the people who cover presidential candidates aboard the press buses Bullshit 1 and Bullshit 2 on the 2000 John McCain campaign trail.

From The Longform Guide to the Campaign Trail on Slate.

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What Happened to Baby Annie?

After a Chinese immigrant couple were charged in their daughter’s death, supporters say they’re vulnerable targets of the American justice system.

Saturday, January 14

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The Girl Who Tried to Save the World

The life and death of Marla Ruzicka, a 28-year-old aid worker in Baghdad.

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Laissez-Faire Aesthetics

A critical look at the contemporary art marketplace.

The trouble is that a business model has come to drive the entire art world, and like the corporate executive who regards the launch of each new product as a challenge to the success of the last one, because you must keep growing or you will die, the arts community finds itself in a state of permanent anxiety. There always has to be a new artist whom the media will embrace as enthusiastically as they embraced Warhol; there always has to be a show that will top the excitement generated by the last blockbuster at the Modern or the Met.

Friday, January 13

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Judith Clark's Radical Transformation

How prison changed the mother and militant who was sentenced to 75 years for her role in a deadly 1981 Brinks truck heist.

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What Remains: Conversations With America's Funeral Directors

In Chicago at the 130th National Funeral Directors Conference.

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What Happens to the Children Nobody Wants?

Norma Claypool earned notoriety for welcoming 15 “hard-to-adopt” children into her Baltimore home. Norma Claypool is also elderly and blind.

Thursday, January 12

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Mengele’s Skull

Tracking the Nazi doctor’s bones through South America.