Monday, August 18

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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

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Let’s Be Real

On Cops, cop movies and Ferguson.

Previously: Wesley Morris on the Longform Podcast.

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Kim Dotcom: From Playboy Entrepreneur to Political Firebrand

A profile of the Megaupload founder, who has started a political party in New Zealand as the U.S. continues to fight for his extradition.

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The Rise of Beefcake Yoga

Once their careers end, pro wrestlers often fall into emotional and physical disrepair. One of their own, Diamond Dallas Page, has a fix.

Saturday, August 16

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Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale

On Johnny Carson, a cold man in a hot seat.

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The War Photo No One Would Publish

When Kenneth Jarecke photographed the charred remains of an Iraqi soldier during the Gulf War, he thought it might help challenge the popular narrative of a clean, uncomplicated battle. He was wrong.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Time I Spent On A Commercial Whaling Ship Totally Changed My Perspective On The World"

“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”

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The Economics of Pricelessness

How to understand the real-world value of things that are worth nothing and everything at once.

Friday, August 15

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Designed for Destruction

On the platonic but volatile relationship between fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010 and professional muse Isabella Blow, who committed suicide in 2007.