Thursday, March 5


The Exhibitionist

The controversial owner of the Dallas World Aquarium once nearly caused a riot over pygmy sloths.


The Killers of Swaziland

Bringing a serial killer to justice reveals the country’s other sources of death and suffering.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Let's Go"

On medical crises and Doctor Who.

"When Doctor Who dies, he regenerates into a new physical form. I’ve heard good things about Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, and Peter Capaldi, the twelveth, but I’m not ready to let go of Number Ten. I’m not done traveling with him. We haven’t watched the second half of the last episode; I’m just not ready despite the possibilities. The doctor is dying, but he’ll become Matt Smith. Could be good, could be annoying. I choose to linger in the in-between."


The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

An investigation into the steady dismantling of safety nets for injured workers.

Wednesday, March 4

Longform Podcast #131: Josh Dean

Josh Dean has written for GQ, Fast Company, New York, and more. His latest piece, "The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang," was just published by The Atavist.

“I sort of reject the whole idea of something being beneath me. There are obviously some stories I wouldn’t do or that I have no interest in, but this job is fun and should be fun. And I wouldn’t turn something down that seems like a fun thing for me to do just because maybe the story is not something that 10,000 people are going to tweet about. I don’t give a shit.”

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Riding Giants

A rookie competes in the World Elephant Polo Championships.


This Is What It’s Like To Go To Prison For Trolling

The afterlife of a thoughtless, cruel insult.


Conrad Hilton and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Flight

An eyewitness tells us what it was like to be there.


Why Is This Man Still In Jail?

A false confession to bad cops put a man in prison for rape and murder. But even conclusive DNA evidence hasn’t gotten him out.

Tuesday, March 3


The 'Deaf' Composer Who Fooled a Nation

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story turned out to be too good to be true.


A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings

A women’s shelter in Afghanistan protects its inhabitants from their own families.