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David Rakoff Remembered

Thursday, January 29, 2015

David Sedaris, who was a friend of the late David Rakoff’s, praises him as a “lover of language” who “could read anything" in this special tribute episode.

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Leonard Michaels' Cryptology

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A neurotic mathematician goes off the rails.

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Cryptology

Friday, June 27, 2014

This reading by David Rakoff of Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “A Tribute to David Rakoff ” hosted by David Sedaris.

 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Tribute to David Rakoff

Friday, June 27, 2014

David Sedaris hosts a tribute to David Rakoff

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Selected Shorts: A Tribute to David Rakoff

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guest host David Sedaris offers a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, who is heard performing two stories.

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The Takeaway

Can You Crack the Code and Help the FBI Solve a 12-Year-Old Murder?

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A dead body found in a Missouri field, murdered, apparently, by a blow to the head. No witnesses, no murder weapon, and no apparent motive. The only evidence: two notes in the victim's pocket with a mysterious code scrawled upon them. Twelve years later, the case remains unsolved.

It's not the description of the opening scene from latest episode of "Cold Case," it's the true story of the murder of Ricky McCormick. An eccentric 41-year-old high school drop-out who had a passion for making encrypted notes, McCormick had last been seen five days before his murder in St. Louis, where he was undergoing treatment for heart and lung problems in June 1999. Investigators came to believe that the coded messages found in McCormick's pocket would point them in the direction of his murderer. But McCormick's code has proven to be too indecipherable for even the FBI, so after twelve years, the Bureau's Cryptanalysis and Racketerring Unit, in collaboration with the American Cryptogram Association, is turning to the internet for the answers.

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