Thursday, April 21


Even Sex Goddesses Get the Blues

The Cosmo editor and author of Sex and the Single Girl’s rocky real-life relationships.

Adapted from Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown.

Wednesday, April 20

Longform Podcast #189: Maciej Ceglowski

Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words.

“My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it's unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. I like the idea of things on the web being persistent. And more basically, I reject this idea that everything has to be on a really short time scale just because it involves technology. We’ve had these computers around for a while now. It’s time we start treating them like everything else in our lives, where it kind of lives on the same time scale that we do and doesn’t completely fall off the end of the world every three or four years.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, and Casper, and MIT Press for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

The activists fighting for police reform in the wake of a video that showed a black teenager shot 16 times by a white cop.


Offshore in Central London

Why has a prestigious address been used so many times as a center for elaborate international fraud?


How Lifetime Became One Of The Best Places In Hollywood For Women

A history of the women’s television channel and its push to employ female writers and directors long before it became an issue in Hollywood.

Tuesday, April 19


The Graduate

On navigating the New York media world as a young journalist.


S. Korea Covered Up Mass Abuse, Killings of 'Vagrants'

How the government cleared the streets in advance of the 1988 Olympics.


The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

In a nondescript office park in suburban Florida, a company you’ve never heard of is making a product that few people have ever seen. And it has $1.4 billion in funding.


The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro was a surefire Hall of Famer before a positive steroids test derailed everything. He retired a few months later, quietly sent home early by the team that had been planning to celebrate him. Next came depression and a $53 million business deal gone bust.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Sad Retired Athletes

Monday, April 18


The Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker

“The tragedy of Dorothy Parker, it seems to me, isn’t that she succumbed to alcoholism or died essentially alone. It was that she was too intelligent to believe that she had made the most of herself.”