Wednesday, January 25

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The Devastating Costs of the Amazon Gold Rush

How black market mining is destroying the Peruvian rain forest and enslaving child workers.

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The Teachings of Speaker Gingrich

Reviewing Newt Gingrich as historian and intellectual.

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Victoria Jackson's Excellent Tea Party Adventure

How one of the most maligned cast members in SNL history ended up a talking head on Fox News.

Tuesday, January 24

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Love Me, Hate Me, Just Don't Ignore Me

Terrell ‘T.O’ Owens is 38, currently unemployed, nearly bankrupt after losing his shirt in a electronic-bingo entertainment complex development plan gone bust, father of four children (one of which he has never met), and bowls frequently.

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The Caging of America

On the scandal of our teeming prisons.

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Everyone Is an Immigrant

On the Italian island Lampedusa— “politically Europe, but geographically Africa”—as a wave of African immigrants is due to arrive from Libya by boat, ruining the tourist season.

Monday, January 23

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The New French Hacker-Artist Underground

On the French urban exploration group UX—”sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself.”

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Gareth Thomas...The Only Openly Gay Male Athlete

How a rugby legend came out and made history.

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Killing Jared

A group of misfit boys from the fringes of Las Vegas form a clique. Then, with murky motives, they decide to murder one of their own and bury him in a desert pit.

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The New Decembrists

Hanging out in Moscow with Russia’s yuppie, 20-something journalist revolutionaries:

In other words, the protest was being brought to you by the same people you would have relied on, weeks earlier, for restaurant picks.

Sunday, January 22

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Why Cockfighting Persists

The state of the American cockfight.