Friday, March 7

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An ode to an enduring cult classic and its author, Katherine Dunn.

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Hunting Marlon Brando.

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How a top law firm destroyed itself.

Thursday, March 6

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There are 45,000 service members missing in action from WWII and other wars who experts say are recoverable. Last year, the U.S. brought home 60 of them.

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Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith’s battle with dementia.

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Is the anonymous, reclusive inventor of Bitcoin this 64-year-old man in Los Angeles?

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An investigation into the practice of putting teenagers in solitary confinement.

Wednesday, March 5

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How a man of little education and little means invented a simple machine that changed the lives of women in rural India.

Longform Podcast #82: Jennifer Senior

Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York and the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.

"I've had moments in motherhood that have been close to something like religious. But I don't think social scientists say things like, "How many numinous moments have you had?" They don't do that, so you have to figure out what to do. I was suddenly turning to other texts to try and explain all of this."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @JenSeniorNY
  2. Senior on Longform
  3. [3:15] All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Ecco • Jan 2014)
  4. [6:30] "All Joy and No Fun" (New York • Jul 2010)
  5. [8:30] "Alone Together" (New York • Nov 2008)
  6. [39:00] "Hollywood on the Potomac" (New York Times • Dec 1993)
  7. [39:30] "The Language of the Deaf Evolves to Reflect New Sensibilities" (New York Times • Jan 1994)
  8. [44:15] "Hill Climbing" (New York • Apr 2001)
  9. [44:45] "Sorry, Your Time is Not Up" (New York • Aug 2001)
  10. [45:00] "Some Dark Thoughts on Happiness" (New York • Jul 2006)
  11. [46:00] "Can't Get No Satisfaction" (New York • Oct 2007)
  12. [46:15] "Recession Culture" (New York • May 2009)
  13. [46:15] "Why You Never Truly Leave High School" (New York • Jan 2013)
  14. [56:45] "In Conversation: Antonin Scalia" (New York • Oct 2013)
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Jane Neubauer was just out of basic training when a secretive military unit recruited her for an undercover mission. She and the Air Force disagree about what happened next.