Friday, June 5

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Life and Death in Brownback’s Kansas

The plight of the uninsured in a red state.

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Off Track

Alberto Salazar is one of the most celebrated running coaches in the world. Is he also a cheater?

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One Night at Kachka

A minute-by-minute account of what it takes to run a restaurant.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Restaurants

Thursday, June 4

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The Gordie Howe Protocol

The hockey legend’s new life as a medical icon for a questionable stem-cell treatment.

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The Lost Man

In 1948, a man was found on a beach in South Australia. The circumstances of his death and his identity were rich with mystery. When an amateur sleuth became obsessed, he could not imagine where the clues would lead him.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Enzo Ponza"

A girl kidnaps a mysterious figure.

"What has he spared me, this Enzo Ponza? What, with his constant presence, has he prevented happening in my life, and what, if anything, has he caused to happen? Does he care for me, my mother, my children? Is he escaping something, or is he just biding his time? Why has he never once asked to leave? And why did I never investigate whether he had any living relatives to whom I could send a ransom note?"

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The Man Who Was Caged In A Zoo

The story of Ota Benga, captured in the Congo, displayed at the World’s Fair, and brought to the Bronx Zoo in 1906.

Wednesday, June 3

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The Root of All Things

Inside a school that trains students in an ancient rite: the taking of ayahuasca.

Longform Podcast #144: Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things.

“There's a long history, of women especially, saying 'Well, I just got lucky.' I didn't just get lucky. I worked my fucking ass off. And then I got lucky. And if I hadn't worked my ass off, I wouldn't have gotten lucky. You have to do the work. You always have to do the work.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Trunk Club, and HP Matter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Learn to Dunk

A 42-year-old man with small hands and a dream.