Thursday, May 19

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May 21: The Rapture Meets My 40th Birthday

You get steeped in this stuff as a kid, even if some part of you was always skeptical, it's hard to lose the residual sense that everything unfolding in the world—from natural disasters to commerce and geopolitics—signals some approaching doomsday.
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Adams Fall

A bridge, a preventable leap, and the politics of barriers for “suicide hotspots.”

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Shoot the Moon

A profile of Felipe Lopez, high school phenom.

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The Trial of Bobby Seale

An annotated transcript:

MR. SEALE: [The marshals are carrying him through the door to the lockup.] I still want an immediate trial. You can’t call it a mistrial. I’m put in jail for four years for nothing? I want my coat.

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Falling Comet

The rise and fall of “Rock Around the Clock” singer Bill Haley.

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On the Floor Laughing

A field trip to the video gamey world of the modern trader.

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Apologia to My Second Child

A letter to his unborn son about the wonders of being an only child.

Wednesday, May 18

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Fantasia for Piano

Joyce Hatto, unknown to even the most ardent classical music collectors until late in her life, released a string of incredible performances of great works, distributed by her husband’s mail-order CD business. But how was it possible for her to record difficult works at such a dizzying rate? And if wasn’t her playing, who was it?

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Six Brothers

Kevin is the only surviving Von Erich brother, born into a wrestling family that lived and died by the code of the ring.

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Liquid Gold

On the “booming market” for human breast milk.

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The Hot-Money Cowboys of Baghdad

On the investors betting big on the Iraqi economy, which they believe has nowhere to go but up.