Wednesday, July 22

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Out of Thin Air

Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.

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The Reckless Plot to Overthrow Africa's Most Absurd Dictator

Mistakes were made by the middle-aged Americans who hoped to take over Gambia.

Tuesday, July 21

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E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

“I tell them it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

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"We Are Drowning in Material"

Catching up with Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

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Cheating, Incorporated

On the adultery website AshleyMadison.com.

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Up in the Air

Inside the compulsive world of airline rewards hobbyists, who spend the bulk of their lives flying around the world for free.

Monday, July 20

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“These People Need to Know What We Have Gone Through”

To reduce recidivism, a program brings criminals face to face with their victims. The results aren’t always what you’d expect.

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Joe Gould's Teeth

Falling into the black hole of literary journalism’s most famous eccentic

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The Voice

On the life and death of The Voice contestant Anthony Riley.

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Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

Working on the high seas is always dangerous, but the Dona Liberta has a particularly bad reputation.

Sunday, July 19

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The 1995 Chicago Heat Wave: An Oral History

Memories of a scorching three days that left 739 dead.