Sunday, March 18

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Desperately Seeking Kraftwerk

Searching for the reclusive band’s studio in Düsseldorf.

Saturday, March 17

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Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac

A profile of Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz, who wants to make his drink a lifestyle. Mateschitz’s co-founder, Chaleo Yoovidhya, died March 17.

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H.P. Lovecraft, Author, Is Dead

A survey of the 20th century’s greatest horror writer’s afterlife of influence.

Friday, March 16

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Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

After years of avoiding the uncomfortable truths about how his gadgets are made, a Mac fanboy travels to Foxconn to see for himself.

Update 3/16/12: This American Life retracted this story today after it was revealed to have "contained significant fabrications."
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The Story of a Suicide

A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.

Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
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The Man Who Broke Atlantic City

How Don Johnson won $15 million playing blackjack over a four-month period.

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Work

The stories of four men who’ve lost their jobs and desperately want new ones.

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Where's _why? : The Disappearance of One of the World’s Most Beloved Computer Programmers

On the mysterious disappearance of a beloved coding legend (and his code) with stops along the way for a short history of programming languages, an ethnography of code-based communities, and an inquiry into what it means to “die young without artifact.”

Thursday, March 15

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Housed

A fiction writer buys and loses a house in Oakland.

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Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail

Anyone who wants to know what the Occupy Wall Street protests are all about need only look at the way Bank of America does business. It comes down to this: These guys are some of the very biggest assholes on Earth. They lie, cheat and steal as reflexively as addicts, they laugh at people who are suffering and don't have money, they pay themselves huge salaries with money stolen from old people and taxpayers – and on top of it all, they completely suck at banking. And yet the state won't let them go out of business, no matter how much they deserve it, and it won't slap them in jail, no matter what crimes they commit. That makes them not bankers or capitalists, but a class of person that was never supposed to exist in America: royalty.