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The House That Thurman Munson Built

The life, death, and ghost of a catcher.

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Secrets of the Little Blue Box

How phone phreakers, many of them blind, opened up Ma Bell to unlimited free international calling using a technical manual and a toy organ.

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Looking for Hemingway

On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review.

Early in the fifties another young generation of American expatriates in Paris became twenty-six years old, but they were not Sad Young Men, nor were they Lost; they were the witty, irreverent sons of a conquering nation.
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Twirling at Ole Miss

A day after William Faulkner’s funeral and a few weeks before James Meredith became the first African-American student to register at the University of Mississipi, the author arrived in Oxford to cover the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute.

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Mr. Bad News

A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.

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The Man Who Never Was

Todd Marinovich was engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ended up doing heroin in the locker room. A 2010 National Magazine Award winner, reprinted on Longform.

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The Storm Inside Reggie Jackson

He pauses and glances around him. Just about everyone in the place is aware of him now. When he continues, the voice is still under control, but the eyes have become lasers. “I know that some of the press is out to get me. It’s ’cause I’m more intelligent than they are, I handle myself well, I’m wealthy and I’m black—and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.” He flashes his joyless smile
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The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

Investigating an infamous Yale secret society.

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America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

On the 1915 hanging of Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia.

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The Death of Patient Zero

Personalized medicine may one day deliver routine medical miracles. But it wasn’t ready in time for Stephanie Lee.

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The Filmmaker and Star Who Were Kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il

The North Korean dictator kidnaps a famous actress and her film director husband, then invites them to dinner to chat about it.

Excerpted from A Kim Jong-Il Production.

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"That Joke Has Everything"

A profile of pre-Late Night David Letterman.