Tuesday, November 5

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A Porn Star, a Tortured Beauty Queen, a Dead Millionaire, and a Half-Smoked Joint

How John Snavely went from petty criminal to porn star to prison.

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Keep Smiling

Do dolphins and humans really share a special bond?

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HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs

Ignored early warnings, political pressure, and a botched Obamacare rollout.

Monday, November 4

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The Plants Respond

An interview with Cleve Backster, a former interrogation specialist with the CIA who used a polygraph machine in the 1960s to develop his theory of “primary perception,” which contends that plants have feelings.

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Oops, You Just Hired the Wrong Hitman

They advertise murder for hire but work for the government. Inside the world of America’s fake hit men.

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Orders of Grief

Eleven months after Sandy Hook, Newtown’s mourning remains incalculable, especially that of the parents who lost their children. And the influx of sympathy—and money—has sometimes made the grieving more difficult rather than less.

Sunday, November 3

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No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.

Inside the N.S.A.’s mission to spy on just about everyone.

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One Day in the Life of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The world’s richest prisoner interviewed from the Siberian prison colony he calls home.

Saturday, November 2

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The Intervention

He’d blown the Denver debate. Now he was on the verge of blowing the second and risking his reelection. “I just don’t know if I can do this,” Obama told his team. The story of how they turned things around, excerpted from Double Down: Game Change 2012.

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Into The Zombie Underworld

Separating truth from lore in Haiti: “The dossier was, at bottom, a murder story, the judge said—but it was a murder story with the great oddity that the victim did not die.”

Friday, November 1

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To Catch a Terrorist

The FBI hunts for the enemy within.

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A Yellow Card, Then Unfathomable Violence, in Brazil

What did soccer have to do with two brutal murders after a pickup game?