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A profile of a doctor fighting Ebola in Uganda.

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Shirley Dygert had never jumped before. Dave Hartsock jumped for a living. Neither of them knew what to expect when the parachute failed.

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“After listening to him since I was a kid and seeing him live for—gulp—nearly 40 years, I think I’m beginning to figure it out.”

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When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.

Wednesday, July 30

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Behind the nation’s closed doors, with YouTube.

Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast..

Longform Podcast #102: Brin-Jonathan Butler

Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for SB Nation, ESPN, and The New York Times. His new book is A Cuban Boxer’s Journey.

"He smiled at me and just to make small talk, I said, 'You know, you’ve got this gold grill on your teeth. Where did you get that from?' And he said, 'Oh, I just melted my gold medals into my mouth.' And I thought, 'I think I’ve got a story here.'"

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The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.

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CeCe McDonald, a homeless trans teen in Minneapolis, was charged with murder for defending herself. Then she became a folk hero.

Previously: Sabrina Rubin Erdely on the Longform Podcast.

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Accused of being part of a terror cell at age 12, Gitmo’s youngest prisoner recounts his life

Tuesday, July 29

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Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?

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Today, Robert Dowlut is the National Rifle Association’s top lawyer. Fifty years ago, he was convicted of murdering a woman with a handgun.