Saturday, January 23

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The Big Cow Con

Arno Smit bilked millions out of Tulare County dairy workers (and at least one wealthy widow). Then he disappeared.

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Friday, January 22

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Why Is It So Difficult for Syrian Refugees to Get Into the U.S.?

More than 4 million Syrians have fled the war. 2,647 have made it to the United States.

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Secrets of Magus

A 1993 profile of Ricky Jay, one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand conjurers, historian of unusual entertainments and confidence scams, and bibliomaniac; who rarely performs and never for children.

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The Last Days of Target Canada

The inside story of Target’s brief, disastrous expansion north.

Thursday, January 21

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The Joy of Cam Newton

A profile of the Carolina Panthers quarterback, this season’s likely MVP.

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The Confessions of R. Kelly

“This is a story about an entertainer named R. Kelly. It is a story about the remarkable, but also very strange, pop talent he has. It is a story about the difficult places he came from and the ways they may, or may not, have shaped who he has become. It is also the story of a man who has been publicly accused of multiple sexual offenses with underage women, and who stood trial for making child pornography. He was eventually acquitted of that charge, and his career has continued uninterrupted, but for the most part he has evaded even the most basic questions that might help people understand what is true about him. For this story, R. Kelly agreed to speak about his whole life without restrictions.”

Chris Heath on the Longform Podcast
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How Government Poisoned the People of Flint

“They played a game of chess with our lives and we lost.”

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Ballad of Black Tom"

An excerpt from LaValle's novel about a black man in a Lovecraftian universe.

Wednesday, January 20

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A Deadly Deployment, a Navy SEAL’s Despair

The final days of the last Navy SEAL to die in Afghanistan.