Thursday, February 26

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Your Uncle Scott is a Lake Monster"

A lake house; complex family mysteries and horrors.

"From the backseat, I pull the hammer. I’m prepared to use it. I considered a hatchet, but it’s my brother."

Wednesday, February 25

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How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day

A segregated housing development washed away in a flood can still explain why Portland, Oregon, is such a “white” city.

Longform Podcast #130: Mac McClelland

Mac McClelland has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Matter and others. Her book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story came out this week.

“I would just suddenly start sobbing, which is not something I usually do. I felt like I needed to be drunk all the time, which is also not something I usually do. I was having nightmares and I was having flashbacks. I was terrified and confused and disoriented all the time. I was a completely different person, completely unrecognizable even to myself.”

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How I Learned To Be OK With Feeling Sad

It wasn’t easy, or cheap.

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Some Hollywood Extras Suffer, but Others Are Rolling in It

It’s quite possible to make six figures standing around on a movie set – if you have a union card.

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The Troubled History of the Foreskin

It isn’t easy to find out the truth about the benefits of male circumcision.

Tuesday, February 24

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How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where that Malaysia Airline Plane Is?

“Okay,” I said. “What do you think is the percentage chance that I’m right?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “Five percent?”

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A Wilderness of Waiting

Living on your parents’ farm while pregnant changes your relationship to time.

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Hoax: Secrets That Truman Capote Took to the Grave

Uncovering the real story behind Capote’s Hand-Carved Coffins.

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How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited An International Incident

Justice isn’t so easy to come by when an American soldier stationed abroad is accused of murder.

Monday, February 23

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A City of Two Tales

The Cleveland police are still adamant that they did nothing wrong in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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To Love and to Cherish

The love story behind the battle over gay marriage in Texas.