Sunday, August 4

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Why We Keep Playing the Lottery

“It’s just beyond our experience—we have nothing in our evolutionary history that prepares us or primes us, no intellectual architecture, to try and grasp the remoteness of those odds.”

Thursday, August 1

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To Live, the Oyster Must Die

The fight to save a “delicious gold mine.”

Wednesday, July 31

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Detachment

On the scientific research of Romanian orphans.

Saturday, July 27

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Something More Wrong

Inside the women’s ward at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.

Friday, July 26

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Has Carl June Found a Key to Fighting Cancer?

The long road to a potential breakthrough.

Monday, July 22

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Slow Ideas

Why some innovations spread quick while others take decades to catch hold.

Sunday, July 21

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CSI: Italian Renaissance

On paleopathologist Gino Fornaciari and his investigations into murders from centuries past.

Friday, July 19

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Plagued: TB and Me

Reporting on drug-resistant tuberculosis across Papua New Guinea – and then contracting the disease.

Thursday, July 18

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A Life-or-Death Situation

How a bioethicist’s field of study—suicide, euthanasia, a dignified death—”turned unbearably personal.”

Monday, July 15

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Operation Easter

The hunt for a secretive network of British men obsessed with accumulating and cataloguing the eggs of rare birds.

Thursday, July 11

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Special Deal

The shadowy cartel of doctors that control U.S. healthcare.

Wednesday, July 3

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In the Line of Wildfire

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