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Hot Shmurda

He went from a viral pop hit to an arrest for conspiracy to murder charges in just under six months. Was Bobby Shmurda “too real” for his label?

Robert Kolker on the Longform Podcast
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Overkill

How the overdiagnosis of disease makes for unnecessary treatment, high anxiety, and ballooning costs.

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‘Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us.’

Following two leading figures of the #BlackLivesMatter movement through five months of protests.

Jay Caspian Kang on the Longform Podcast
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The Painful Price of Aging in Prison

Harsh sentences have given us an aging prison population, and all the medical problems that come with age are beginning to choke the system.

Sunday, May 3

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The Suit Who Spooked the EPA

John Beale was an exemplary employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also led a double life, though not the rumored one at the CIA his colleagues whispered about.

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Royal Bodies

On women, monarchy, and breeding.

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The Desert Blues

The musicians of Mali find themselves in the middle of a civil war.

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Killer Pharmacy

A steep discount on pharmaceutical drugs leads to a mass-murder case.

Saturday, May 2

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Welcome to Manny's World

Pacquiao and his entourage.

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The Fall of the Cherry King

Arthur Mondella took over his family’s maraschino cherry business reluctantly. But once he had it, he started a second enterprise. Behind an unmarked roll-down gate, behind some of his prized luxury cars, behind a pair of closet doors, behind a set of button-controlled shelves, behind a fake wall and down a ladder in a hole in the floor, Mondella built a 2,500-square-foot marijuana factory. When the police finally found it, he shot himself.

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Selfless Portrait

The multimillionaire David Gundlach had trouble, all his life, reading social cues. For reasons no one quite understands, he left most of his fortune to Elkhart, Indiana.