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The Tuber

Navigating the alligator-infested rivers of North Florida.

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The Toughest Footrace in the World

100 miles, 24 hours.

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Rolling Nowhere, Part Two

Father and son bond by hopping freight trains.

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The Day We Set the Colorado River Free

A flood-fueled adventure on a forgotten stretch of the Colorado.

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Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?

When David Sneddon disappeared hiking around western China, officials chalked it up to a drowning. A decade later, it appears he had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea.

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Murder and Revenge in Papua New Guinea

Deep in the jungle, the tourists were targetted, but only the porters were hacked by the machetes. Was it a robbery? Or a deeper pattern of violence amongst ancient tribes?

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A Death in the Texas Desert

On the murder of a popular bar owner in a ghost town near the Mexican border.

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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Bonfire of the Humanities

Investigating the burning of ancient books by rebels in Timbuktu.

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Monsterwellen

What caused the worst shipping disaster in maritime history?

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A Kielbasa Too Far

If you don’t get sick, was it really a vacation?

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The Brief, Wondrous Life of Zina Lahr

The story of an intensely creative young artist.

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Hammer Blow: The True Story of the Carderock Killing

“‘When I heard the facts,” says Matt Kull, one of DiPaolo’s former climbing partners, “I thought, That’s what Dave is capable of.’”

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Blood in the Sand

Investigating the murder of a Costa Rican conservationist.

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The Ghost of Shipwrecks Future

The author dives to the wreck of the Mohawk, where his uncle died in 1935.

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A Death at Tough Mudder

A profile of Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at the Walk the Plank obstacle during an endurance race last year.

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19: The True Story of the Yarnell Fire

The Granite Mountain Hotshots, an outfit of professional wildland firefighters, had 20 members. On June 30, 19 of them lost their lives.

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The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

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Bit

“Joe’s hand began to tingle, and he called the group together. The toxins would leave his system in 48 hours, he said. He’d be conscious the whole time.”

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Fu Fighters

Whitewater rafting down a Chilean river with a movie star and the Kennedys.

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In the Line of Wildfire

Embedded with the “hotshots” trying to battle forest fires.

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The Whaleboat

“When I look at Mr. McCreery’s boat… I know that life is wild, dangerous, beautiful.”

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Love and Madness in the Jungle

A financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a mystery: Did John Felix Bender die by his own hand? Or did Ann Bender kill him to escape their crumbling dream?

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Lost on Everest

The harrowing first ascent of the mountain’s West Ridge.

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A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan

A portrait of a new nation.

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Sun Myung Moon's Lost Eco-Utopia

Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.

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Sunk: The Incredible Truth About a Ship That Never Should Have Sailed

How the Bounty, a busted-up replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty, ended up 100 miles out to sea during the height of Hurricane Sandy.

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The Thing With Feathers

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was extinct. Then it wasn’t. The story of an uncertain resurrection.

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Tunnel Vision

The story of an avalanche, as told by a survivor.

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Paradise With An Asterisk

“From all appearances, this place is still an earthly paradise. There is just one problem, though you could stare at this palm grove for a lifetime and never see it. The soil under our feet, whitish gray in color with flecks of coral, contains a radioactive isotope called cesium 137.”

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The Beautiful Game

In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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Take a Number

Why people keep dying on Mount Everest.

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The Devil on Paradise Road

It started as a bluebird New Year’s Day in Mount Rainier National Park. But when a gunman murdered a ranger and then fled back into the park’s frozen backcountry, every climber, skier, and camper became a suspect—and a potential victim.

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My Life with Lance Armstrong

A profile of the cyclist by his former mechanic and assistant.

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Hot Mess

An oral history of Burning Man.

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As Long As They Both Shall Live

Professional daredevils in love.

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The Killing Bones

The rise and fall of an antiquities collector turned grave robber.

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Catch Me If You Can

When an autistic child goes missing.

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The Vanishing

In the remote wilderness along northern British Columbia’s Highway 16, at least 18 women have gone missing over the past four decades. Is it the work of a serial killer or multiple offenders?

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Quoosiers

Inside the Quidditch World Cup.

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Firestarter

From prison, a member of the Earth Liberation Front tells her story.

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Eric Rudolph Slept Here

How did the most wanted man in America, the serial bomber behind the Atlanta Olympics explosion, survive for five years in the North Carolina woods? And was he helped?

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The Mystery of Why Marine Noah Pippin Went AWOL

The search for a missing soldier.

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Insane in the Membrane

The breathable outerwear industry is at war with Bob Gore—the inventor of Gore-Tex.

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Open Your Mouth and You're Dead

A report from the freediving word championships.

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Who Pinched My Ride?

On stolen bicycles, “a solvent in America’s underground economy, a currency in the world of drug addicts and petty thieves.”

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Say Hello to My Little Friend

How shrunken heads ended up in downtown Chicago.

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Some Assembly Required

On the recovery of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a massive brain injury five days before the 2010 Olympics.

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The Trials of Bidder 70

A profile of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher.

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Heart of Dark Chocolate

You know this one: German guy heads into tribal jungle deep upriver, sends the company crazy reports full of radical ideas—and then goes totally rogue. Only this time it's not ivory he's after. It's a secret lost for centuries: the finest cacao on earth.
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Come to Happyland

Tourism in Burma? A journey through Asia’s most anesthetized state.

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The Last Lion

A visit with the novelist Jim Harrison.

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The Killing Fields

Skyrocketing prices for yarchagumba, a rare fungus prized as an aphrodisiac, has led to Nepali villagers to turf wars—and possibly murder.

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Meltdown

The writer travels with his father to Iceland and Greenland:

It usually takes a week of traveling with Ed Tower before I’m seized by the tantrum-pitching impulse and can barely resist the urge to punch myself again and again in the face.

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The Storm

The first extended telling of the story that became The Perfect Storm.

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57 Feet & Rising

During the Great Floods of 2011, the Mississippi unleashed deadly currents and a flow rate that could fill the Superdome in less than a minute. Defying government orders, the author and two friends canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg. This is their story.

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La Matadora Revisa Su Maquillaje (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)

A profile of a 25-year-old Spanish sensation.

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Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden

Twenty-five years later, inside the Exclusion Zone.

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Jack LaLanne Is Still an Animal

A profile of the late Jack LaLanne, “the greatest gym teacher of all time,” who was as responsible as anyone for America’s fitness craze in the latter half of the 20th century.

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The Man Who Saw Too Much

On the psychology of a rescue worker after years of responding to disaster.

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A Mountain of Trouble

Anatomy of an international incident; how three idealistic young American hikers wandered across the Kurdistan-Iran border and ended up in Iranian prison charged with spying.

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If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be the Taliban

At tourism’s wildest frontier; guided tours of Afghanistan.

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Last Drop

Nobody knows the full story of why legendary surfer Andy Irons died in a Dallas hotel room earlier this month. But some who knew him have come forward to discuss the demons he’d battled for years.

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Trapped

When a boulder shifts and pins his hand, a climber on a solo trip is forced to do the unthinkable: amputate his own arm. A first-person account of the six-day ordeal, excerpted from Ralston’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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The Boomtown, the Gringo, the Girl, and Her Murder

A writer starts a vacation in San Juan del Sur, a seaside village of 20,000 in Nicaragua, just in time to see an expat charged with the murder of a local.

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Where the Ghost Bird Sings

The author investigates the massive wildlife die-off in the Salton Sea by rafting from its tributaries in Mexico.

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Into Thin Air

Fifty-four days after his group’s Everest climb turned tragic, Krakauer first told the story of what had gone wrong.

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Death of an Innocent

The original story of Christopher McCandless’ fateful trip into the Alaskan wilderness.

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The King of the Ferret Leggers

In the British sport of “ferret legging,” underwear-less competitors tie their trousers at the ankles, stuff a pair of the carnivores down there, and hold on for as long as possible. Reg Mellor is the world’s best.

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The Ballad of Colton Harris-Moore

The 19-year-old “Barefoot Bandit”—on the run since 2008 and famous for stealing Cessnas without flying lessons, among other feats—was captured this week in the Bahamas. Here, the view of Colt from his hometown.

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The Killer in the Pool

In February, a killer whale named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her. It was the third time the orca had been involved in a death during his 27 years in captivity. This is his story.

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Beauty in the Breakdown

Before embarking on dangerous rock climbs, Matt Samet would use whiskey to wash down powerful prescription tranquilizers. A first-person account of extreme addiction.

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Raising the Dead

When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to return and bring him back.