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An oddball team of ship salvage mercenaries is tasked with uprighting a tipped two-football-field-long cargo ship before it sinks into the darkness of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

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Scenes from a local bar in winter.

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Now 91, she was once the “world’s most exclusive madam.”

Friday, August 22

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Bryan Goldberg’s site for women was widely mocked when it launched a year ago. Today it has 15 million readers per month and some of its harshest early critics are on the payroll.

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On Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the duo behind Broad City.

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The Wall Street firm that bailed out Robert Mugabe.

Thursday, August 21

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Jared Lorenzen was a star quarterback in college. He won a Super Bowl. And just like the author, he has spent his entire life fighting, and losing, a battle with his weight.

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When adults like Billy Smolinski go missing, it’s hard to get the authorities involved.

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On the comedian’s relationship with his son and how it changed the course of The Cosby Show.

Excerpted from Cosby: His Life and Times.

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While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.

Previously: Matthieu Aikins on the Longform Podcast.

Wednesday, August 20

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A profile of Michelle Lyons, who viewed 278 executions as both a local reporter and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.