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The Original Gone Girl

On Daphne du Maurier and her novel, Rebecca.


Forever Young

The profile of a 34-year-old woman named Charity Johnson who tricked people all over the country into believing she was still in high school.


The Writer and the Valet

On the intrigue surrounding Dr. Zhivago’s publication.


Why I Hope to Die at 75

Rejecting the “American immortal” mentality.

Thursday, September 18


Young Carlos

The story of one of the 74,000 children who come to this country each year alone and undocumented.


Showdown at the Four Seasons

The battle over a New York Picasso.


The Plus Side

A revolution in full-figured fashion.


The Plunge

How a Soviet swimming champion saved passengers from a sinking trolleybus.

Wednesday, September 17


Dark Side of the Moon

On the Cold War and the Space Race.

Longform Podcast #109: Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and more. He is the author of several books, including Friday Night Lights.

"It’s quiet. And I really felt I needed that quiet. People say, 'Well anger was your edge, and agitation was your edge, and that’s going to hurt your writing.' I don’t know, maybe. It may be that in order to live a happier life you become a shittier writer. I don't know. But I just couldn't live in that fashion anymore, I just couldn't. It would've destroyed my marriage. It was destroying me."

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Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.