Thursday, September 10


The Siege of Herbalife

Activist investor Bill Ackman set out to destroy the multilevel marketing company. But did he wind up helping it succeed instead?


The Cops That Would Save a Country

Creating a new, clean police force in the Ukraine.

Previously: Masha Gessen on the Longform Podcast

Wednesday, September 9


The Messengers

Talking about hope and the environment with a photographer who takes pictures of birds killed by plastic.

Longform Podcast #157: Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Harper's. Her latest book is Negroland: A Memoir.

“One of the problems with—burdens of—‘race conversations’ in this country is certain ideological, political, sociological narratives keep getting imposed. This is where the conversation should go, these are the roles we need. In a way, this is the comfort level of my discomfort. ... Maybe we’re all somewhat addicted—I think we are—to certain racial conversations, with their limitations and their conventions.”

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Show Notes »

My Life as a Robot

The author, who works remotely, and her evolving relationship with her physical representation at the office: “an iPad on a stick on a Segway-like base.”


Spygate to Deflategate

Roger Goodell, the Patriots and one huge “makeup call.”



On America, Christianity, and “ignorance, intolerance, and belligerent nationalism.”

Tuesday, September 8


Venus and Serena Against the World

The liberation of the Williams sisters.


Whatsoever Things Are True

Thirty-three years ago, a Chicago man was sentenced to death for murder. In 1999, another man confessed to the crime. Today, they are both free.


China’s Funeral Revolutionaries

Two men try to disrupt the gray market of Chinese death services.


The Cold War

Relations between two ice cream vendors in Oregon turn nasty.

Monday, September 7


You'll Never Power-Lunch in This Town Again

The Four Seasons restaurant rose to fame as a place to cut deals and be seen. Then its chauvinistic ways – and, specifically, those of its owner – caught up with it.