Tuesday, July 8

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A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.

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An essay on understanding our character, worth, and limits.

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“Does your life have a plot? It has characters. There is a narrative. There’s a lot of story, a lot of character. But plot? Eh, no.”

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A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

Monday, July 7

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How Javaris Crittenton went from basketball phenom to standing trial on a murder charge.

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There’s an angel saving jumpers on an infamous bridge in China.

Previously: Michael Paterniti on the Longform Podcast.

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A profile of Nora Sandigo, guardian to hundreds of kids born in America to illegal immigrants.

Sunday, July 6

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A profile of Novak Djokovic.

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An argument for working less.

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In the latest revelation from Edward Snowden, the U.S. government is shown to collect and retain massive amounts of data on nearly 900,000 people with the most minimal of connections to official NSA targets. The collected information tells our “stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.”

Saturday, July 5

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In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes, it actually succeeds.