At a playground in North Wales, kids are mostly left alone to experiment with fire, jump from great heights and play in a creek. It’s designed to teach the value of taking risks, a lesson many American children have stopped learning.
Friday, March 21
Thursday, March 20
The author on how he was conned by Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka "Clark Rockefeller."
Excerpted from Blood Will Out.
How activists are using science to show that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.
Wednesday, March 19
In Harpersville, Alabama, a traffic violation can lead to months in jail and a never-ending stint in a work-release program – what some refer to as a modern-day debtors’ prison.
Our sponsor this week is Texas Monthly, which has just published a truly incredible piece of journalism. Michael Hall, whose work has appeared on Longform many times, spent a year investigating one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history. In the summer of 1982, three Waco teenagers were savagely murdered for no apparent reason. Four men were ultimately charged with the crime. One was executed, two others were given life sentences, and a fourth was sent to death row only to be released after six years. They all may have been innocent.
Over the next two weeks, Texas Monthly will serialize Hall's 25,000-word piece, "The Murder at the Lake," which looks at the case from five distinct perspectives. Part One is available now; you should read it.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.
"I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that result in really bad actions. My lack of outrage actually is one of the things that probably helps me in my reporting because I really am propelled by this pure curiosity. ... I just want to know, 'Where did that come from?'"
- Erdely on Longform
- [3:00] Longform Podcast #77: Dan P. Lee
- [3:00] Longform Podcast #24: Stephen Rodrick
- [12:45] "The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2014)
- [17:15] "Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire" (Rolling Stone • Apr 2011)
- [22:45] "The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2013)
- [27:45] "One Town's War on Gay Teens" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2012)
- [34:45] "The Poorest Rich Kids in the World" (Rolling Stone • Aug 2013)
- [35:00] "About a Girl: Coy Mathis' Fight to Change Gender" (Rolling Stone • Oct 2013)
- [37:15] "The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files" (Rolling Stone • Sep 2011)
- [51:45] "I'll Be Damned" (Philadelphia • Jun 1999) [pdf]
- [51:45] "Who Is the Boy in the Box?" (Philadelphia • Nov 2003) [pdf]
- [52:00] "Intimate Intimidation" (Philadelphia • Apr 1996) [pdf]
- [53:45] "Why I Finally Left" (Good Housekeeping • Mar 2011) [pdf]
- [1:00:15] "The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed" (Rolling Stone • Mar 2008) [pdf]
- [1:01:15] "The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League" (Rolling Stone • Jun 2009) [pdf]
- [1:02:30] "The Creep With the Golden Tongue" (GQ • Aug 2003) [pdf]
On the discovery of a billion dollars worth of artwork looted by Nazis in the cramped apartment of a Munich recluse.
A filmmaker goes to court to fight the television commercial break.
Tuesday, March 18
Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive—and perhaps of all time—back away from his art to open a construction business?
Previously: Jason Fagone on the Longform Podcast.
On the coach’s battle with retirement.