Saturday, December 6

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Time and Distance Overcome

Telephone poles began to appear around the same time that white Americans started lynching black Americans.

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Good Kids, Bad City

Three men are exonerated, almost 40 years after a 12-year-old’s coerced testimony led to their murder convictions.

Friday, December 5

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How an eBay Bookseller Defeated a Publishing Giant at the Supreme Court

What the first-sale doctrine means for the future of copyright.

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Digital Darkness: When We Can’t Turn Away From Death Online

The author’s long-running relationship with the grotesque.

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A Rape on Campus

A brutal assault and the struggle for justice at the University of Virginia.

Note 12/5/14: Rolling Stone has stated that they now doubt details of the facts reported in "A Rape on Campus."

More information is available in T. Rees Shapiro's "U-Va. Fraternity to Rebut Claims of Gang Rape in Rolling Stone" from The Washington Post.

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Their Town

On the border of Utah and Arizona, Mormon fundamentalists have long lived according to their own rules. When a former sect member and his family moved to the town where he’d grown up, they expected a homecoming. What they got was a war.

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My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.

75 years ago, Marguerite Perey unearthed an element while working as a technician in Marie Curie’s lab. Her achievement came at a great cost.

Thursday, December 4

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How a Woman’s Rape at a Gay Nude Bar Sparked a Battle Over New Orleans’ Libertine Soul

In the gentrifying Bywater, the intertwined destinies of a legendary gay pool-bar and a woman who was drugged there.

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Tilda Swinton Is in a World of Her Own

On the actress’s stellar year.

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Spectacle

On the 1934 lynching of Claude Neal, and the Florida town that kept the identity of those responsible a secret.

Wednesday, December 3

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The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.

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