Uncovering The Secret History Of Myers-Briggs

The frustrated – and well-hidden – story of Isabel Myers Briggs, inventor of the famous personality test.


The Color of Debt

Racial discrimination and the collection of small consumer debts.

Thursday, October 8


How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

A profile of the writer, now 85.


The Brontës and the Con Men

The men whose profitable (and self-serving) antics preserved what we know of the Brontë sisters.


On Chernobyl

An oral history of the disaster:

Someone said to me, or maybe I read it, that the problem of Chernobyl presents itself first of all as a problem of self understanding. That seemed right. I keep waiting for someone intelligent to explain it to me.

Fiction Pick of the Week: "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things"

On the eve of their daughter's wedding, a divorced couple is confused by old feelings despite sexual identities.


How Two Guys Lost God and Found $40 Million

They were raised Hasidic in Brooklyn. Now Abe Zeines and Meir Hurwitz live a decadent, booze-filled life in Puerto Rico. They are in their early 30s and rich enough to retire, while Wall Street is busy adopting the shady loan scheme they pioneered.

Wednesday, October 7


How ESPN's Fear of the Truth Defeated "Black Grantland"

Why The Undefeated, a site announced more than two years ago, still hasn’t launched.


Climate of Doubt

The art and science (or lack thereof) of water dowsing.

Longform Podcast #161: Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is a film writer and the creator/host of You Must Remember This, a podcast exploring the secret stories of Hollywood.

“For me the thing that’s exciting about it is that it’s research, and it’s reportage, and it’s criticism. But it’s also art. It’s creatively done. It’s drama. It consciously tries to engage people on that emotional level.”

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Show Notes »

At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

“I was one of the few guys rooting for the comet to hit the Earth. Statistically, more people that deserved to go would go.”


Dick Cantwell's Beer Is Immortal

When Elysian Brewing sold itself to Big Beer, it set off a revolt among Seattle craft beer enthusiasts.