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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Soul Survivor

A profile of Aretha Franklin.

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Choking to Death in Detroit

More than 15% of Detroit’s adults have asthma, and 82% of black students go to schools in the most polluted parts of the city.

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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.

Thursday, March 31

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Merv Curls Lead

Wealthy businessman Merv Bodnarchuk put together a curling Dream Team. Then he put himself in the lineup.

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Confessions of a Political Hacker

How Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections across Latin America.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Let All the Restless Creatures Go"

A story of medical ailments, family dynamics, and conservation work.

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The Ballad of Fred and Yoko

How one of the world’s foremost Beatles collectors died homeless on the streets of Little Rock.

Wednesday, March 30

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Water's Edge

Bill May, considered to be the greatest male synchronized swimmer who ever lived, and his long quest for Olympic gold.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner on the Longform Podcast

Longform Podcast #186: Gabriel Snyder

Gabriel Snyder is the editor-in-chief of The New Republic.

“I had a new job, I was new to the place, and I came to it with a great deal of respect but didn’t feel like I had any special claim to it. But in that moment I realized that there were all of these people who wanted to see the place die. And that the only way The New Republic was going to continue was by someone wanting to see it continue, and I realized I was one of those people now.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Bombas, Harry's, and Trunk Club for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Reckoning

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman entered the University of Texas at Austin’s Main Building. Armed with a number of rifles, he proceeded to kill 14 people and wound 32. Among them was a pregnant Claire Wilson.

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Becoming Meryl Streep

How a 29-year-old actress, reeling from the death of her first love and battling Dustin Hoffman off-screen, found herself on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer.

Excerpted from Her Again.