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Explorer Lost

Thirteen years ago, Chris Velten disappeared while retracing the travels of explorer Mungo Park in Africa. He hadn’t been heard from at all — until he sent a friend request.

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Stock Manipulator, S.E.C. Nemesis—and 15

Using several email addresses and a lot of exclamation points, teenager Jonathan Lebed worked finance message boards in the morning before school and made almost a million bucks. Then he made the head of the S.E.C. look like a fool.

Previously: Michael Lewis on the Longform Podcast
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How to Get Trump Elected When He’s Wrecking Everything You Built

Reince Priebus was about to go down as the most successful GOP chairman in party history. Then Trump happened.

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The Surreal Saga of Bobby Shmurda

In Brooklyn’s Brownsville, being in a gang can mean as little as being born on a specific block. Ackquille Pollard spent his final free days as a viral rap sensation, before being jailed as the leader of a sect of Crips.

Thursday, May 26

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What It's Like to Be 13, Right Now

“She scrolls, she waits. For that little notification box to appear.”

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How John Hinckley Lives Now

He drives a Toyota. He eats fro-yo. He takes care of two dozen feral cats.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Fable"

Life problems imagined as fantasies.

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The Keyhole Seven

What went wrong when a group of canyoneers was caught by a flash flood in Zion National Park.

Wednesday, May 25

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No Death, No Taxes

Libertarian, futurist, billionaire: a profile of Peter Thiel.

Longform Podcast #194: Pablo S. Torre

Pablo Torre is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine and frequently appears on Around the Horn, PTI, and other ESPN shows.

“Most of my friends are not sports fans. My parents aren't. Brother and sister — no. So I just want to make things that they want to read. That's the big litmus test for me in deciding if a story is worth investing my time into: Is somebody who doesn’t give a shit about sports gonna be interested in this?”

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How and (Why) Athletes Go Broke

Five years after they leave the league, 60 percent of NBA players have nothing left. In the NFL, it’s closer to 80 percent after just two years. On the economics of professional sports.