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Misguided Nostalgia for Our Paleo Past
The Kobal Collection, Hammer Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966) The first thing you have to do to study 4,000-year-old DNA is take off your clothes. I am standing with Oddný Ósk…
Author: Marlene Zuk
Published: Feb. 18, 2013
Length: 16 minutes (4001 words)
Spirit Guide
LETTER FROM ISLAY about the Bruichladdich whisky distillery. In 2000, Mark Reynier, a third-generation wine dealer from London, put together fifty investors, who paid six and a half million pounds…
Published: Feb. 11, 2013
Length: 1 minutes (410 words)
Sometimes, when you dig into the Earth, past its surface and into the crustal layers, omens appear. In 1676, Oxford professor Robert Plot was putting the final touches on his masterwork, The Natural…
Source: Aeon
Length: 32 minutes (8126 words)
In the Footsteps of a Killer
Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known,…
Length: 30 minutes (7635 words)
Thesis Hatement
Illustration by Luke Pearson Who wouldn’t want a job where you only have to work five hours a week, you get summers off, your whole job is reading and talking about books, and you can never be fired?…
Published: April 5, 2013
Length: 2 minutes (684 words)
Just Undo It: The LeBron James Profile That Nike Killed
This profile of LeBron James was reported and written in 2011 for Port, a new London-based men's magazine, under odd circumstances: Nike paid for the writer's travel expenses and a portion of his…
Source: deadspin.com
Published: July 10, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7182 words)
‘The Rise of the Warrior Cop’
Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his…
Published: Aug. 18, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (316 words)
The New Racism
Long before he became the most powerful man in the Alabama Senate, before he controlled billions of dollars in state money and had lobbyists, governors, and future presidents seeking his favor, Hank…
Published: Aug. 10, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7541 words)
What Happens When You Remove Half a Brain from Someone
Jeff and Tiernae Buttars made a difficult decision to have a portion of their son’s brain surgically removed to eliminate his seizures. William Buttars was 11 months old when he endured the…
Author: Mike Dang
Published: Aug. 26, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (253 words)
Madness and the Muse
Nancy Andreasen is not a smooth performer-of-ideas in the TED vein, the sort who roams the stage wirelessly mic’d, dispensing wisdom with Broadway-caliber aplomb. She does it old school,…
Published: Sept. 19, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2858 words)
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