Tuesday, January 19

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In Hokkaido, the Ultimate Japanese Snow Country

A traveler tries to make sense of a beautiful island with a dark past.

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The Mourning Anchor

On the talent, ego, and late father of Bryant Gumbel.

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The Man Who Solved His Own Murder

In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy working for British intelligence, was poisoned. As he lay dying, he worked with detectives to find his killer.

Monday, January 18

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The Drum Major Instinct

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long.”

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Unearthing the Sea Witch

Behind the character Ursula in The Little Mermaid was a legendary drag queen from Baltimore named Divine.

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Spun

A bicycling love story.

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The Polaroids of the Cowboy Poet

Chris Earnshaw began taking photographs of Washington, D.C. more than 40 years ago. By the time he paid a visit to a museum to tout his work, he had in his possession—in plastic bags and filing drawers—3,000 Polaroids of a city long gone.

Sunday, January 17

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Ten Days in a Mad-House

A journalist goes undercover in an isolated women’s insane asylum.

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City Hall Screwjob

The city of Cleveland is on the hook $18.7 million in judgements for police brutality. They have a plan to get out of paying. And if it works, cities across the country could starting using the same maneuver.

Saturday, January 16

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The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene

How a woman whose muscles disappeared discovered she shared a disease with a muscle-bound Olympic medalist.