He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.
Monday, December 2
Sunday, December 1
At 9:14pm on November 22, 1987, sportscaster Dan Roan was doing the Bears highlights on Chicago’s WGN-TV when the station’s signal was hijacked. Someone wearning a rubber Max Headroom mask appeared, silently, on TV screens around the city. A few hours later, Headroom popped up again on another channel, this time for longer and with audio. Despite FBI and FCC investigations, the case remains unsolved.
In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed an AIDS epidemic in rural China and the ensuing government cover-up. Forced to leave, she’s now 85 and living alone in New York.
Saturday, November 30
The conspiracy theories surrounding the 1931 death of Hitler’s niece and object of affection.
On the factories of India and the women whose lives they ruin.
Friday, November 29
A Bosnian social psychologist who studies guilt and responsibility in the collective memory (and denial) of Sreberbica, which is “among the most scientifically documented mass killings in history.”
The death of a Russian dissident and how radioactive poison became a tool of assassins.
A profile of the world’s top photo retoucher, who typically can retouch over 100 images in a single issue of Vogue.
Thursday, November 28
A political history of Donald Rumsfeld.