Saturday, April 12

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On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and vanished without a trace.

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A fragile relationship teeters during a family vacation.

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How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money.

Friday, April 11

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Robert Aaron was a veteran horn player who sold bags of heroin to friends to support his own habit. Then his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed.

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A profile of photographer Ryan McGinley.

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The story of a massacre in El Salvador.

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“In the recent history of American music, there’s no figure parallel to Lehrer in his effortless ascent to fame, his trajectory into the heart of the culture — and then his quiet, amiable, inexplicable departure.”

Thursday, April 10

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“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can…”

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An ode to aging.

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Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, on crying in movie theaters, “attention whores” and David Foster Wallace.

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“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”