"No More! No More!"

The abusive relationship between a Bell Gardens mayor and his wife ends with her firing a gun.


This Woman Gets Students Accused Of Rape Back Into School — For A Price

A business opportunity stemming from “a moment in time when the debate over how colleges should address sexual assault has reached a fever pitch.”


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Murder Games"

Family relationships and the complexities of childhood imagination.

"Out the side door and into the yard. Plastic table, plastic sandbox in the shape of a turtle, two plastic chairs blown over. An empty birdfeeder. Ella had no idea why Blanket would be out here. This was why adventures needed preparation: because once they were underway they were always disappointments. In her backpack the string was unused, the flashlight unlit. She took the fork out just to feel like she had packed more wisely than she did."


The Web We Have to Save

What the internet looks like to someone who spent the past six years in an Iranian prison.


The High Life and Fast Times of Jim Dent

The author of The Junction Boys can’t tell you how many times he’s been arrested.

Wednesday, July 29


Frankenstein’s Mother

Sometimes your mom keeps the monsters at bay, and sometimes, she is one.


A Dream Undone

The plot to erode the key legislative gains of the civil rights era.

Longform Podcast #151: Ian Urbina

Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, just published "The Outlaw Ocean," a four-part series on crime in international waters.

“It is a tribe. It has its norms, its language, and its jealousies. I approached it almost as a foreign country that happened to be disparate, almost a nomadic or exiled population. And one that has extremely strict hierarchies—you know when you’re on a ship that the captain is God.”

Thanks to TinyLetter and Casper for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

You May Know Me from Such Roles as Terrorist #4

Being a Muslim-American actor often means being really good at yelling “Allahu Akbar!” before someone kills you.


I'm Sammy Hagar, and I Learned to Cook Before I Learned to Rock

The former Van Halen front man has actually made more money from booze and food than from music.

Tuesday, July 28



Inside the cutthroat world of competitive bagpiping.


Potsdam’s Nightmare: What Happened to Garrett Phillips?

Nearly 4 years ago, a 12-year-old boy was murdered in a small town in upstate New York. The suspects are well known, but nobody has been convicted of the crime.