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The Diplomat and the Killer

In 1980, four American nuns were murdered in El Salvador. This is the story of how a young American official stationed there singlehandedly found the culprits.

Excerpted from Weakness and Deceit: America and El Salvador's Dirty War

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The Billion-Year Wave

The inside story of how scientists finally proved that gravitational waves exist.

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The Wow Factor

How one billionaire owner outflanked two others and brought the NFL back to Los Angeles, doubling the value of his franchise.

Don Van Natta Jr. on the Longform Podcast
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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Mother's Day"

Mother's Day triggers a wealth of memories and characters, past and present.

Wednesday, February 10

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Liquid Assets

The hedge fund manager making a bet that Wall Street can solve the water crisis in the West.

Longform Podcast #179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round.

“I’m just trying to follow my curiosities. You know how kids always ask the best questions because they haven’t lost the will to live? I’m just desperately trying to keep that childish curiosity about the world. Is that horribly depressing?”

Thanks to MailChimp, Casper, Igloo, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

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You Can Train Your Body Into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

On the profound power of the placebo.

Pamela Colloff on Longform

From a Neiman Marcus cosmetics counter in Dallas to a ghost haunting a high school in West Texas, the state’s gay marriage fight to the National Magazine Award-winning saga of Michael Morton — browse our complete archive of articles by Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff.

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Unholy Act

Decades after the body of beauty queen Irene Garza was pulled from an irrigation canal, there is still only one suspect: John Feit, the priest who heard her final confession.

Update 2/10/16: More than 55 years after the murder, Feit has been arrested.
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Head Over Heels

Inside Steve Madden’s shoe empire.

Tuesday, February 9

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This Drug-Fueled Multimillion Dollar Supermodel Snowpocalypse Has Been Fashion's Best-Kept Secret Since '77

The idea was to shoot a Neiman Marcus fur catalog in the Andes mountains, not get stranded on them.

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Hammer in Her Hand

At 76, Atlanta’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins still lives for the blues.