Friday, March 21


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.

Thursday, March 20


How the group’s 10 members live today.


The author on how he was conned by Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka "Clark Rockefeller."

Excerpted from Blood Will Out.


“Telling who I am before I forget.”


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.

Longform Podcast #84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

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?'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and PillPack for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show notes:

  1. @SabrinaRErdely
  3. Erdely on Longform
  4. [3:00] Longform Podcast #77: Dan P. Lee
  5. [3:00] Longform Podcast #24: Stephen Rodrick
  6. [12:45] "The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2014)
  7. [17:15] "Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire" (Rolling Stone • Apr 2011)
  8. [22:45] "The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2013)
  9. [27:45] "One Town's War on Gay Teens" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2012)
  10. [34:45] "The Poorest Rich Kids in the World" (Rolling Stone • Aug 2013)
  11. [35:00] "About a Girl: Coy Mathis' Fight to Change Gender" (Rolling Stone • Oct 2013)
  12. [37:15] "The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files" (Rolling Stone • Sep 2011)
  13. [51:45] "I'll Be Damned" (Philadelphia • Jun 1999) [pdf]
  14. [51:45] "Who Is the Boy in the Box?" (Philadelphia • Nov 2003) [pdf]
  15. [52:00] "Intimate Intimidation" (Philadelphia • Apr 1996) [pdf]
  16. [53:45] "Why I Finally Left" (Good Housekeeping • Mar 2011) [pdf]
  17. [1:00:15] "The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed" (Rolling Stone • Mar 2008) [pdf]
  18. [1:01:15] "The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League" (Rolling Stone • Jun 2009) [pdf]
  19. [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.