Wednesday, August 20

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The Interpreters

The full text of a 20,000-word ebook on the interpreters who worked alongside American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their fates once they were no longer of service.

The Interpreters is also available free on Amazon.

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The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

Meeting Christopher Thomas Knight, a.k.a. the North Pond Hermit, who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly 30 years.

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Inside Pablo Escobar's Private Prison

In exchange for his surrender, the top Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his own jail, complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years later, it’s a home for the elderly.

Tuesday, August 19

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Evaporated

On the trail of Austin Tice and the late James Foley, freelance journalists who were kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

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“O, Excellent Air Bag”

On the highly enjoyable, nearly fatal first experiments with laughing gas in late 18th-century London.

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Going It Alone

Elias Pompa is the lone deputy in one of the poorest counties in Texas. He is also at the center of the U.S. border crisis.

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DIY Diagnosis

Kim Goodsell had a pair of rare diseases. Doctors didn’t have the time to look for a link. So she taught herself genetics and found it herself.

Monday, August 18

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The Watts "Manifesto" & the McCone Report

On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.

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Kid Cannabis

The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.

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The French and Indian War in Pittsburgh: A Memoir

On a childhood fascination with the mid-18th century battle.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 25 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.

Sunday, August 17