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Will Intellectual Combat Ever Top William Buckley vs. Gore Vidal? A New Documentary Suggests Not

Crypto-nazi vs. G**damn Queer<p>As a new documentary<br>shows, they don’t make ’em<br>like William Buckley<br>and Gore Vidal anymore.<p>Photograph by ABC Photo …

The Believer - The Divine Inspiration of Jim Jones

July 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple to California, and in September, it will be half a century …

The Unmanageables

When a crusading but conflict-averse billionaire bankrolls several of journalism’s most prominent mavericks to create a hard-nosed investigative news organization, it’s a recipe for turmoil. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s differences with First Look Media staff have been all over the press. Two top …

The Fugitive Heir

Two decades after his lovely young wife vanished, Robert Durst, scion of a Manhattan real-estate family worth billions, faces new murder charges. A cold case is now red-hot news, with a gangland-style execution, a headless torso, a manhunt, and revelations that Durst led part of his double life as …

What Was New York Times Reporter James Risen’s Seven-Year Legal Battle Really for?

For seven years, Risen lived under the threat of jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source. When the government backed off, some saw a victory for freedom of the press. But Risen’s fight shows how little that concept means in post-9/11 America.<p><b>Crackdown</b><p>On a January morning this year, James …

How One U.S. Soldier Blew the Whistle on a Cold-Blooded War Crime

William Langewiesche dissects the murder of four Iraqi prisoners, the military’s response, and how one warrior fought to become a better man.<p><b>I. Wolf Pack</b><p>Jess Cunningham was a staff sergeant in a mechanized unit of the U.S. Army—Alpha Company, First Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry …

How Jackie O Played Matchmaker to Two of America’s Greatest Minds

Writer Peter Davis recalls how the former First Lady hosted an unforgettable evening with Harvard classicist John H. Finley Jr., journalist I.F. Stone, and the “wallpaper contingent.”<p>Social gaffes curdle an occasion. At a large gathering not long ago in Hollywood, I lost any traction I may have had …

Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru

In an excerpt from his new book about 60s-era radicalism Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough delves into the disastrous Village townhouse explosion caused by the Weather Underground, and introduces the man who became the group’s “bomb guru” in its wake.<p>Ever since 9/11, the threat of …

Robin Wright on Her Role as Claire Underwood and Her Marriage to Sean Penn

It took Robin Wright three decades to find the role that has made her a major star—and the woman she wanted to be. With the release of the third season of House of Cards, in which her Claire Underwood is a terrifying, pragmatic match for Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, Wright talks to Sam Kashner …

Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

After 16 years as host of <i>The Daily Show</i> on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart presented his farewell program last night. TV critic David Bianculli says it was an entertaining finale from start to finish.<p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. After 16 years as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy …