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The Mysterious Columba Bush

When Jeb Bush married his wife, it was the bravest thing he’d ever done. Her role in his life is still a mystery.

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Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

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A World Without Work

If jobs as we’ve known them for a century are going away, what will replace them?

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Prison Born

The dilemma of the prison nursery.

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The Tampon: A History

The story behind a wad of cotton and a bit of string.

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Waiting for the Weekend

A short history of leisure.

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Cruel and Unusual

The events leading up to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

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The Wedding Sting

A faked marriage between undercover agents leads to the arrest of a dozen drug dealers.

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Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door

Inside the abusive practices of magazine-subscription sub-contractors.

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The Crash of EgyptAir 990

Investigating a pilot’s choice and the death of 217 people.

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The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Researchers do look into near-death experiences, seeking a verified case of what they call “apparently non-physical veridical perception.”

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Let Us Now Appraise Famous Writers

A correspondence school for writers turns out to be a sham. This piece forced it into bankruptcy.