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Martin Schneider writes:

A new issue of The New Yorker comes out tomorrow. A preview of its contents, adapted from the magazine's press release:

In "Trial by Fire," David Grann offers a pathbreaking report, presenting overwhelming evidence that an innocent man was executed by the modern American judicial system—something that has never been proven beyond doubt. Cameron Todd Willingham was put to death by lethal injection on February 17th, 2004, for the murder of his three children by arson, in 1991. But Grann, drawing on court records, government documents, interviews, and even Willingham's own diaries, shows that the prosecution's case was flawed in every respect, from the eyewitness testimony to the evidence presented for arson.

In Comment, Nicholas Lemann looks at Senator Ted Kennedy's legacy of support for universal health care.

Adam Gopnik writes about Michael Ignatieff, the intellectual who may become Canada's next Prime Minister.

In Shouts & Murmurs, Bruce McCall imagines a health-care newsletter from an unconcerned insurance company.

Jane Kramer looks at Michel de Montaigne's legacy as the "first truly modern man."

Hendrik Hertzberg remembers Senator Kennedy, accompanied by a photo of Kennedy from 1962 by John Loengard.

Caleb Crain asks what the pirates of yore can tell us about their modern counterparts.

Joyce Carol Oates reads E. L. Doctorow's Homer and Langley.

Hilton Als watches the Public Theatre's production of The Bacchae in Central Park.

David Denby reviews American Casino and The Most Dangerous Man in America.

There is a short story by Orhan Pamuk.

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