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From the archives: Celeste Fremon's 2014 feature detailing former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca's fall from grace.

Published: Feb. 27, 2014
Length: 46 minutes (11665 words)
Getting Married in One Week Was the Most Romantic Thing I Ever Did
On romance, timing, and getting hitched.
Published: Feb. 11, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1812 words)
When Doctors Took ‘Family Planning’ Into Their Own Hands

A new documentary, “No Más Bebés,” examines a hospital’s sterilizations of Mexican-American women in the 1970s.

Published: Feb. 1, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1894 words)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

How Jacqueline Susann feverishly promoted Valley of the Dolls into a major bestseller.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2123 words)
A Killing in the Hills

Looking for answers in a decades-old murder case set deep in the Missouri Ozarks.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5882 words)
Head Over Heels

Doree Shafrir goes inside Steve Madden’s well-heeled empire (his eponymous shoes made over $1 billion last year).

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4113 words)
I Was a Super Bowl Concession Worker
At Slate, Gabriel Thompson describes what it's like to be a food-service worker at Levi's Stadium at Super Bowl 50 — and explores the low-wage, part-time workforce of Silicon Valley.
Source: Slate
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3966 words)
Whatever Happened to Michael Jackson's Pet Chimp?

Michael Jackson's former pet chimp Bubbles is living out his twilight years in a Florida nonprofit sanctuary alongside apes who have costarred with Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, and Kevin Smith.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1900 words)
The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime
An investigation into the aggressive use of nuisance abatement actions by the NYPD in New York City.
Author: Sarah Ryley
Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb. 4, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6956 words)
A Brief History of Solitary Confinement
Dickens, Tocqueville, and the U.N. all agree about this American invention: It’s torture.
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5288 words)
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