Thursday, January 7

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Girl

The Castro, 1990, and a first night in drag.

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No Accident

After Brooke Melton died in a car crash, her parents approached attorney Lance Cooper to investigate. What he found in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt would lead to GM’s 30 million-vehicle recall.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Classic Bernd"

College friends come together during a power failure and the onset of an ill-fated relationship.

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Who Controls Your Facebook Feed

The humans behind the algorithm.

Wednesday, January 6

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To Catch a Rapist

Inside New Haven’s Special Victims Unit.

Longform Podcast #174: Venkatesh Rao

Venkatesh Rao is the founder of Ribbonfarm and the author of Breaking Smart.

“I would say I was blind and deaf and did not know anything about how the world worked until I was about 25. It took until almost 35 before I actually cut loose from the script. The script is a very, very powerful thing. The script wasn’t working for me.”

Thanks to MailChimp and CreativeLive for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Who’s Been Killing the Feral Peacocks of Palos Verdes?

A case of peafowl dividing a neighborhood.

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The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money, and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer

Celebrated doctor Paolo Macchiarini was not all that he seemed.

Tuesday, January 5

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In the Jungle

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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Playing for Time

A father, his dying son, and the quest to make the most profound video game ever.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Video Game Visionaries
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The Devastating Story of Washington’s Peeping-Tom Rabbi

Rabbi Barry Freundel said he would help dozens of women convert to Judaism. In the process, he secretly videotaped them naked.

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The Wall Dancer

Ashima Shiraishi is the most talented rock climber in the world. She’s also 14.