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The Mothers of All Disasters

How to plan for the most serious of possible natural disasters.

Longform Podcast #156: Renata Adler

Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her latest collection of nonfiction is After the Tall Timber.

“Unless you're going to be fairly definite, what's the point of writing?”

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Norm Macdonald: A Raw and Uncensored Interview

“I love stand-ups, and I feel it’s the one thing I know about that I could actually judge, besides people’s morals.”

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What #Pobrezafilia Means for Mexico

Mexicans on social media have their own hashtag for images of naked – and plainly impoverished – women.

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Forever Bluegrass

The rituals of a bluegrass festival on Racoon Mountain in Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 1

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The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair

The story of “Madam Walker,” who built a thriving empire of hair products for black women.

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The Fortune-Teller of Kabul

Afghans have long visited falbin to have their futures foretold. Fundamentalist Muslim clerics hope to stop that.

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How to Survive a Footnote

AIDS activism in the “after” years.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

At age 22, the author went undercover at his old high school. An excerpt of the book that became the film.

Monday, August 31

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Willie and the Weed Factory

A long talk with Willie Nelson about pot.

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The Death and Life of Atlantic City

The men who say they’ll try to save the once-bustling gambling resort town.