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Friday, August 29

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Acting French

On learning a new language, a new culture, and why “it must never be concluded that an urge toward the cosmopolitan, toward true education, will make people stop hitting you.”

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Hollywood's Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory

Established media companies used to sue YouTube. Now they’re betting on it.

Thursday, August 28

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I Was the Worst High School Quarterback Ever

The author examines his terrible football career.

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

Almost 40 percent of the world’s population lives in countries with limits on abortion. Activists like Rebecca Gompert imagine a future where those limits are meaningless because most abortions happen at home.

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Stranger in the Village

On being black in an all-white Swiss village.

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Branding Guyana

The rise and fall of travel writing.

Wednesday, August 27

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What Happened to Motorola

The anatomy of a collapse.

Longform Podcast #106: Zach Baron

Zach Baron is a staff writer for GQ.

"People love to put celebrity stuff or culture stuff lower on the hierarchy than, say, a serial killer story. I think they're all the same story. If you crack the human, you crack the human."

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Show Notes »
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Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas

Retracing Hunter S. Thompson’s steps 40 years later.

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Intelligence Gap

How a Chinese national, with the help of a suspected spy, disappeared with laptops and hard drives that may have contained sensitive information from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.

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On Rape

On the narrative of sexual coercion.

Tuesday, August 26

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The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida

After Devaughn Darling died during a workout with the Florida State football team, his family was awarded a payout of $2 million. That was 13 years ago. Only $200,000 has come.