Stock Manipulator, S.E.C. Nemesis—and 15

Using several email addresses and a lot of exclamation points, teenager Jonathan Lebed worked finance message boards in the morning before school and made almost a million bucks. Then he made the head of the S.E.C. look like a fool.

Wednesday, May 25


No Death, No Taxes

Libertarian, futurist, billionaire: a profile of Peter Thiel.


How and (Why) Athletes Go Broke

Five years after they leave the league, 60 percent of NBA players have nothing left. In the NFL, it’s closer to 80 percent after just two years. On the economics of professional sports.

Monday, May 23


The Great Swiss Bank Heist

Hervé Falciani, a computer engineer working at HSBC, stole the bank’s list of secret accounts. But was he out to expose tax cheats or get rich himself? Perhaps both.

Previously: Patrick Radden Keefe on the Longform Podcast

Sunday, May 22


Tuesday, May 17


From Belief to Outrage: The Decline of the Middle Class Reaches the Next American Town

“Fast food and hedge funds. That’s where we’re going.”

Sunday, May 15


The Inside Story of Facebook’s Biggest Setback

The social network positioned its plan to bring the internet to millions of Indians as a gift. The country saw a catch.

Friday, May 13


Thousands of Police Calls. You Paid the Bills.

The number one place Tampa Bay cops visit: Walmart. And it’s not even close — they average two trips an hour.

Thursday, May 12


The World's Smallest Ukulele

Scenes from a class conflict playing out between millionaires and billionaires on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Monday, May 9


Teatox Party

How detox teas laced with laxatives took over Instagram.

Sunday, May 8


Friday, May 6


"You Want a Description of Hell?"

Purdue Pharma’s marketing materials say OxyContin works for 12 hours. It doesn’t. And this problem, long-denied by the drugmaker, is what makes it highly addictive.