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A Week In The Mysterious Sleeping Villages Of Kazakhstan

What is the sickness that leads inhabitants to sleep for days?

Wednesday, July 22

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Out of Thin Air

Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.

Tuesday, July 21

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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

Saturday, July 18

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Fast Food

Life as a halal butcher in New York.

Friday, July 17

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The Rhino's Last Stand

One rancher has a plan to save the endangered rhinoceros: domesticate them.

Wednesday, July 15

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The Alphabet of Months

Life with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

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How the Potato Changed the World

A short but comprehensive history of solanum tuberosa.

Tuesday, July 14

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Why Can’t We Stop Cholera in Haiti?

For a time, NGOs thought they’d eradicated the disease. But now it’s back.

Monday, July 13

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The Really Big One

A giant earthquake is coming to the Northwest. Unfortunately, no one knows when.

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This Doctor Knows Exactly How You Feel

On mirror-touch synethesia, the power (or curse) of knowing exactly how others feel.

Thursday, July 9

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The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá

Two pairs of identical twins mismatched in a hospital happen upon each other in their twenties.

Susan Dominus on the Longform podcast.