How an Undocumented Immigrant From Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs

Even for a high-powered “A-Type,” living on forged documentation is an endurance test.

Wil S. Hylton on Longform

The unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand, the search for Air Frace flight 447, the torment of Colin Powell and more — browse the complete archive of Wil S. Hylton, now available only on Longform.


American Deserter

There is one place in the world where AWOL U.S. soldiers who lost faith in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — long before their countrymen did — are most at risk right now. It’s Canada.


Inside the Great Ice Cream Parlor War

Behind a $1,000 sundae were two very, very ill-suited business partner.


Playing with Fire

The flawed science that helped convict a Tennessee man of murder.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Your Uncle Scott is a Lake Monster"

A lake house; complex family mysteries and horrors.

"From the backseat, I pull the hammer. I’m prepared to use it. I considered a hatchet, but it’s my brother."

Wednesday, February 25


How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day

A segregated housing development washed away in a flood can still explain why Portland, Oregon, is such a “white” city.

Longform Podcast #130: Mac McClelland

Mac McClelland has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Matter and others. Her book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story came out this week.

“I would just suddenly start sobbing, which is not something I usually do. I felt like I needed to be drunk all the time, which is also not something I usually do. I was having nightmares and I was having flashbacks. I was terrified and confused and disoriented all the time. I was a completely different person, completely unrecognizable even to myself.”

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Show notes »

How I Learned To Be OK With Feeling Sad

It wasn’t easy, or cheap.


Some Hollywood Extras Suffer, but Others Are Rolling in It

It’s quite possible to make six figures standing around on a movie set – if you have a union card.


The Troubled History of the Foreskin

It isn’t easy to find out the truth about the benefits of male circumcision.

Tuesday, February 24


How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where that Malaysia Airline Plane Is?

“Okay,” I said. “What do you think is the percentage chance that I’m right?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “Five percent?”