Thursday, June 30

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When she died in 1952, author Margaret Wise Brown left the rights to Goodnight Moon to a nine-year-old neighbor named Albert Clarke. The book became a classic. Clarke, living entirely off the royalties, became a deadbeat.

Wednesday, June 29

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What happens to 7-footers when they step off the basketball court?

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"I’m not familiar with books on style. My role in the revival of Strunk’s book was a fluke—just something I took on because I was not doing anything else at the time. It cost me a year out of my life, so little did I know about grammar."
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Part one of W.T. Snead’s Victorian-era investigation into child prostitution.

Tuesday, June 28

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A mystery embedded deep within the Amazon.

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On the nature of coincidence.

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First Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned.

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An investigation by ProPublica, PBS Frontline and NPR has found that medical examiners and coroners have repeatedly mishandled cases of infant and child deaths, helping to put innocent people behind bars.

Monday, June 27

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A reporter on how violent sex helped ease her PTSD.

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Before the guru, Prakashanand Saraswati, vanished in March—before a jury convicted him of sexual abuse; before he slipped across the border into Mexico overnight—he led the premier Hindu temple in Texas and, perhaps, the whole United States.