Inspired by Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, Laurence Gonzales's unforgettable account of a United flight that went down 25 years ago and the 184 souls who lived to tell the story.
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
Behind the nation’s closed doors, with YouTube.
Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast..
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.'"
The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.
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.
Accused of being part of a terror cell at age 12, Gitmo’s youngest prisoner recounts his life
Tuesday, July 29
Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
Today, Robert Dowlut is the National Rifle Association’s top lawyer. Fifty years ago, he was convicted of murdering a woman with a handgun.
Alan Young has been running the same scam for years: posing as a member of The Temptations and smooth-talking his way into luxury hotel rooms and prostitutes. Despite his clear charm, he admits he has “no skills other than being a con man.”
Monday, July 28
On the cult founder, business magnate, pseudonymous internationally shown artist and ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, who was found dead in the brush amidst empty liquor bottles.