The persistent, tragic behavior of professional athletes.
Caterpillar’s CEO made $22 million last year. Some of his employees are on food stamps.
How the legendary coach copes with retirement.
Thursday, May 16
How the case of a poisoned college student in China, cold for 18 years, has suddenly turned into “what may be the largest amateur online manhunt in history.”
A profile of Costa Rica’s most famous bull, who is responsible for two riders’ deaths and a brand of craft beer.
An investigation into widespread criminal fraud at a generic drug company.
Wednesday, May 15
Episode 41: Jonathan Shainin, senior editor at The Caravan in Delhi.
"Working in an environment that's foreign, where you have to kind of think through a lot of things from the ground up...I find it to be really stimulating to have to interrogate the assumptions that you have as an editor about what's interesting and what's not interesting, what's a good story and what's a bad story, what's the story that's been done a million times already. When you get out of a place that is your place, you have to kind of think through some things in a fresh way. And that can be really productive."
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Show notes and links:
- The Caravan
- The Caravan on Longform
- [8:00] The National
- [13:00] India: A Million Mutinies Now (V.S. Naipul • 1991) [pdf]
- [23:45] "Burger Queen" A profile of April Bloomfield.
(Lauren Collins • New Yorker • Nov 2010)
- [29:00] "Falling Man"A profile of Manmohan Singh.
(Vinod K Jose • The Caravan • Oct 2011)
- [29:00] "The Confidence Man" The crumbled cricket empire of Lalit Modi.
(Samanth Subramanian • The Caravan • Mar 2011)
- [40:30] Behind the Beautfiul Forevers (Katherine Boo • 2012)
- [41:00] "Notes from the Undercity" Review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
(Jonathan Shainin • Bookforum • Feb 2012)
- [49:30] "The Departed" The return home of Kashmir's disillusioned militants.
(Mehboob Jeelani • The Caravan • Sep 2012)
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