Saturday, April 16

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The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

Bill Landreth was one of the whiz kids, poking around Pentagon servers with the friends he had never met. But one of them was an FBI informant.

Wednesday, April 13

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Bloom and Bust

They were florists working in Amsterdam’s largest flower market. They were also members of one of the most powerful arms of the Italian mafia. An investigation into how organized crime has gone global.

Tuesday, April 12

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Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

Tuesday, April 5

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Murders in the Night

How America’s first serial killer terrorized the city of Austin on Christmas Eve, 1885.

Excerpted from The Midnight Assassin.

Saturday, April 2

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Coyote Bros

How three friends and a team of frat brothers made a fortune smuggling people along the most heavily patrolled stretch of highway in Texas.

Friday, April 1

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To Live and Die in Mumbai

A murder involving one of the India’s celebrity couples has mesmerized the country and exposed some of its darkest fears.

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The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

A profile of a previously unknown rookie pitcher for the Mets who dropped out of Harvard, made a spiritual quest to Tibet, and somewhere along the line figured out how to throw a baseball much, much faster than anyone else on Earth.

Tuesday, March 29

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#jihad

Why ISIS is winning the social media war.

Brendan Koerner on the Longform Podcast
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Is This the End of the Era of the Important, Inappropriate Literary Man?

“He was untouchable, or he thought he was. But that era is over, for all those guys.”

Sunday, March 27

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The Deadly Consequences of Solitary With a Cellmate

Overcrowding in prisons leads to doubling up inmates in solitary confinement, regardless of their homicidal intentions or mental health.

Wednesday, March 23

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The Trenchcoat Robbers

Ray Bowman and Billy Kirkpatrick, who began boosting together as teenagers, were arrested only twice during their prolific partnership. The first time was for stealing 38 records from a K-Mart in 1974. The second arrest came in 1997. In between, Bowman and Kirkpatrick robbed 27 banks, including the single biggest haul in United States history: $4,461,681 from the Seafirst Bank in suburban Tacoma.

Tuesday, March 22

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Death By Gentrification: The Killing That Shamed San Francisco

Alex Nieto died because a series of white men saw him as a menacing intruder in the place he’d spent his whole life.