Tuesday, December 9

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The Secret Handshake

The short-lived literary career of Breece DʼJ Pancake and his roadmap to a world of oppressive poverty.

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The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy.

Monday, December 8

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The Babies in the Freezer

Women who kill their newborns usually claim to have been in denial about their pregnancies. Can you carry a child to term without realizing it?

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Cold Comfort

The president of Kiribati goes to Norway to bear witness to climate change.

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Death Becomes Him

Learning about death from a sixth-generation funeral director.

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La Milonguera

A tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career and makes her briefly dependent on her roommate’s compassion.

Sunday, December 7

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Confined: The Death of Eddie Snowshoe

How solitary confinement can lead to suicide.

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You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong, You’re Definitely Wrong, and I’m Probably Wrong, Too

What it was like to edit The New Republic at its most contentious.

One of the little tweaks I made the first time I got the job was to change the slogan on the table of contents from “A Journal of Politics and the Arts” back to the original: “A Weekly Journal of Opinion.” All the fine reporting notwithstanding, what The New Republic did best, had always done best, was opinion. Its politics were polemical, its art was the art of argument.
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Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

After 13 years of war, the United States has helped create a nation ruled by drug lords.

Saturday, December 6

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In and Out of Time in Iraq

An essay on PTSD.

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Why Doctors Fail

Opening up about medical mistakes.