Wednesday, February 22

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Resurrecting The Champ

A newspaper writer’s attempt to solve the mystery of a homeless man who claims to be a once-famous boxer.

Tuesday, February 21

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Mother’s Boys

In court and visiting prison with the parents of young Russian Nationalists who’ve killed.

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Cable: A Caucasus Wedding

The lavish display and heavy drinking concealed the deadly serious North Caucasus politics of land, ethnicity, clan, and alliance.

In a cable brought to light by Wikileaks, the Ambassador to Russia describes a raucous three-day Dagestani wedding attended by Chechnya’s president Ramzan Kadyrov.

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Anatomy of the Great Adderall Drought

Last Fall, America’s favorite focus drug suddenly went into short supply.

Monday, February 20

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The Comedians, The Mob and the American Supperclub

It didn't matter if these clubs were in Cleveland, Portland, Corpus Christi or Baton Rouge—if it was a nightclub, the owners were the Mob. For a good forty years the Mob controlled American show business.
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Listening to Books

An essay on audio books.

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Party Crasher

A profile of Ron Paul.

Sunday, February 19

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Between Roses in Mumbai

The story of a young man on the run in the slum he dreams of escaping.

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60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked

The stories of a record-setting chain of transplants.

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How I Killed My Mother

Exploring the relationship between authors and their parents.

It mattered to her that she could have, or might have, been a writer, and perhaps it mattered to me more than I fully understood. She watched my books appear with considerable interest, and wrote me an oddly formal letter about the style of each one, but she was, I knew, also uneasy about my novels. She found them too slow and sad and oddly personal. She was careful not to say too much about this, except once when she felt that I had described her and things which had happened to her too obviously and too openly. That time she said that she might indeed soon write her own book. She made a book sound like a weapon.