Good reads: Area 51, the folk science of arson investigation

Every week, we share what we've been reading and watching:

Maddy Mahon: As a not-so-secret lover of all things conspiracy related, I'm pretty thrilled with Annie Jacobsen's book, Area 51. The book is a great read and well-researched - Jacobsen is a journalist, not just a UFO-junkie...Here's the NPR review from last year.

Emily Kaiser: Check out Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine's piece on the Minnesota Zoo's dolphin problem. The zoo is closing their dolphin exhibit after the fifth dolphin death there since 2006.

And while we're on the topic of zoo animals, watch penguins chase a laser pointer dot:

Alex DiPalma: Although I actively try to avoid any more stadium talk than is absolutely necessary, this article gave some interesting context to the never-ending debate. Long read but worth it.

Chris Dall: If you heard NPR's piece about Benton Harbor, Mich. this morning, you should read this NYT piece about the city's attempt to turn from a company town to a tourist draw.

Stephanie Curtis: Did you ever read "Trial by Fire: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man" by David Grann in the New Yorker? Greatest magazine article from the past five years as far as I am concerned. It's not just about injustice; it's about the line between folklore and science.

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