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Episode 57: Everyday Genius (12.16.2016)
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itunes download subscribe To close out 2016, we’re bringing you two lighter stories of people exhibiting everyday genius under. . . unusual circumstances. Comedian Dave Holmes’ story begins with an upsetting phone call from the IRS. Then we meet a Baton Rouge attorney with a story of wild resourcefulness...

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Episode 56: Don’t Let Me See You In The Whirl (12.2.2016)
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itunes download subscribe Since 1938, a weekly African-American owned newspaper called The Evening Whirl has covered crime in St. Louis with a style all its own, using alliteration and rhyme, and often omitting the usual crime-reporting words like “accused” or “alleged.” The paper has been widely criticized for its casual approach...

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Episode 55: The Shell Game (11.18.2016)
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itunes download subscribe The Magic Castle in Hollywood has been a private club for magicians since 1963, and its walls are lined with portraits of magicians past and present. Among them is a portrait of one of the earliest American organized crime bosses and conmen, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith....

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Episode 54: Melinda and Clarence (11.4.2016)
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itunes download subscribe   SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to Episode 53: Melinda and Judy before you listen to this. This is the second episode of a two-part story.   Melinda Dawson found out on the same day in 1998 that her adoptive mother had been killed and that her...

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Episode 53: Melinda and Judy (10.21.2016)
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itunes download subscribe When Melinda Dawson was seven years old, she learned that she was adopted under mysterious circumstances. As she got older and had children of her own, she tried to learn something about her biological parents. And when she went to the county courthouse and asked to...

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Episode 52: The Checklist (10.7.2016)
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itunes download subscribe SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to Episode 51: Money Tree before you listen to this one. While working on our last episode, we became curious about the nature of psychopathy — how it is defined, and what to do if someone close to you meets the criteria. We spoke...

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