The author examines his closest relationships.
Tuesday, February 26
On historian Ian Morris and his predictions for humanity’s future.
Monday, February 25
From 1975-1986, Anthony Edward Dokoupil distributed more than 50 tons of weed in the United States. The operation ruined his family and destroyed his life. Three decades later, his son came looking for answers.
“This is the story of Billy Conn, who won the girl he loved but lost the best fight ever.”
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.
Sunday, February 24
A profile of Max Wade, a Marin County teenager on trial for stealing Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini and using it in the first drive-by in the history of Mill Valley, California.
Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.
Saturday, February 23
Shanghai, in 1989 and 2013. Excerpted from A History of Future Cities.
A lifelong Jehovah’s Witness moves to China to proselytize.
Friday, February 22
Bob Voulgaris and his math prodigy sidekick attempt to create the perfect betting algorithm.