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Life in the Hole
Life in the Hole, Part I: The Catalyst
by Allen Agostino
Venture deep into the shadows between Brooklyn and Queens where anything goes, and meet a man named Bam who's seen, and done, almost everything.
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Week of Jan 26, 2015
That Song Stuck in My Head
When We Were Radio Bandits
by Starina Catchatoorian
Making mix tapes and lip-synching hits together on lazy afternoons made my big brother my own teen idol—until one uncomfortable bedroom moment brought everything crashing down.
Sounds Like Teen Spirit
by Joyce Chen
A young woman with a weakened sense of smell, and a heightened love of music, explores the science behind why songs can have such a powerful pull on memory and emotions—especially when other senses fail you.
One for My Baby (and One More for My Dad)
by Michael Fiorito
The silky sounds of Sinatra and weighty wordlessness of male bonding echo among three generations of my Italian-American family.
Take a Sad Song and Make It Better
by Steve McPherson
For years, I couldn’t listen to the Beatles ballad that’s indelibly linked to my mother’s death. Then my one-year-old daughter helped me start to make it better.
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Week of Jan 19, 2015
People of Protest
Faces of Ferguson
by Andrew Renneisen
Two months after the Michael Brown verdict tore a town in two and ignited a movement, a photographer zooms in on the people who make the protest.
The Last Eco-Warrior
by Aaron Kase
As he watched other ’60s activists become political insiders and dealmakers, Peter Berg held fast to one belief, even through his dying days: only radical change can save our planet.
Fear and Vending in L.A.
by Alyssa C. Martino
Some fifty thousand Los Angelenos make their living slinging everything from watches to watermelons, and all of them are deemed criminals. One strong-willed activist is determined to usher them out of the shadows.
Crazy Miss Elizabeth Takes Down the Confederacy
by Ayun Halliday
How a spritely southern spinster helped win the Civil War.
The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner
by Rachel L. Martin
As the crucible of desegregation enveloped one small Tennessee town, a white minister implored his congregation to do the right thing. The violence and abuse that followed haunted Paul Turner to his dying days.
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