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    628: In the Shadow of the City 2017

    Oct 13, 2017
    Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.


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    629: Expect Delays

    Oct 20, 2017
    We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares every time she wants to go just a few blocks away.
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    630: Things I Mean to Know

    Oct 27, 2017
    There are so many facts about the world that we take for granted, without ever questioning how we know them. Of course the Earth revolves around the sun. Of course my dog loves me. But how do we know we know? It’s rare that we ever stop to consider the evidence for our most closely held beliefs. This week, we try to unspool some of life’s certainties down to their core, to see if we actually know what we’re talking about.

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