On the murder of Jam Master Jay.
The best women’s tennis player of all-time opens up.
Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
"I was in a taxi, leaving Karachi to go attend this festival, and we started getting these very disturbing phone calls from newspaper reporters that didn't exist, all of them asking me to meet them at various places in Karachi. I had read enough about the Daniel Pearl case to know what happened in the days leading up, and this was very similar. ... We kept driving towards the festival, and shortly after that, friends started calling. They were watching local television, and it was being reported that 'Nicholas Shamble,' editor of Smithsonian Magazine, had been kidnapped. And I was like, 'All right, I get the hint.'"
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- Schmidle's archive on Longform
- [2:00] "In the Crosshairs" (New Yorker • June 2013)
- [9:40] "Three Trials for Murder" (New Yorker • November 2011)
- [25:15] "Next-Gen Taliban" (New York Times Magazine • January 2008)
- [37:30] "The Hostage Business" (New York Times Magazine • June 2009)
- [38:15] "Getting Bin Laden" (New Yorker • August 2011)
On living in Syria as an Alawite loyalist.
Tuesday, June 18
On photographer Garry Winogrand and the unedited archive of more than half a million exposures he left behind.
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