Tuesday, December 20

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A former colleague visits the ‘Fire Fiend’ in prison.

Monday, December 19

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The search for what makes identical twins different.

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A profile of a porn star on trial.

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On the “horrible weirdness” of Kim Jung Il’s Korea.

Sunday, December 18

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A portrait of Czech President Václav Havel as he left office.

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Why little has changed in popular American style in the last 20 years.

Why is this happening? In some large measure, I think, it’s an unconscious collective reaction to all the profound nonstop newness we’re experiencing on the tech and geopolitical and economic fronts. People have a limited capacity to embrace flux and strangeness and dissatisfaction, and right now we’re maxed out.

Saturday, December 17

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A year in the life of an oxycodone addict.

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How a Texas woman pushed for autopsy reform.

Clinical autopsies, once commonplace in American hospitals, have become an increasing rarity and are conducted in just 5 percent of hospital deaths. Grief-stricken families like the Carswells desperately want the answers that an autopsy can provide. But they often do not know their rights in dealing with either coroners or medical examiners, who investigate unnatural deaths, or health-care providers, who delve into natural ones.

Friday, December 16

The Best Crime Writing of 2011



Our picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year, including work by Ashlee Vance (Businessweek), Alex Blumberg and Laura Sydell (Planet Money), and Maciej Ceglowski (Pinboard).

See the full list.

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After decades of failed revitalization strategies, a town of 10,000 tries another.