Thursday, January 7



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


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.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Classic Bernd"

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


Who Controls Your Facebook Feed

The humans behind the algorithm.

Wednesday, January 6


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.”

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

A case of peafowl dividing a neighborhood.


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


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.


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

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.


The Wall Dancer

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