Monday, March 24

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In an old mine an hour north of Pittsburgh, 600 federal employees manage paperwork for the government’s retirement system. By hand. On paper. Without computers. The same exact way they always have.

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What caused the worst shipping disaster in maritime history?

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On the post-prison lives of several men in West Baltimore.

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On the FBI's failed negotiations with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco.

Previously: Malcolm Gladwell on the Longform Podcast.

Sunday, March 23

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How legends of the American music industry made millions off the work of Solomon Linda, a Zulu tribesman who wrote “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and died a pauper.

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The son of a Red Sox legend, his trail of violent attacks runs back to his teen years. So does the line of judges who somehow saw fit, time and again, to give him one more chance. Now he’s on trial for murder.

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An engineering team races to create a next-generation computer.

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.

Saturday, March 22

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On children accused of sorcery in Congo.

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On (not) getting by in the gig economy.

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A forgotten birthday cake sets off a chain of unexpected events.

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On Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died this week.

Friday, March 21

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