Friday, October 16


“Hello Father, The Boat is Sinking, So I Will Die.”

The disappearance of the Ghost Boat and its 243 passengers off the Libyan coast.

Thursday, October 15


Coal. Guns. Freedom.

The dwindling fortunes of Gillette, Wyoming.


A Mystery Wrapped Inside an Enigma Shrouded in a Beard

A profile of James Harden, the Houston Rockets shooting guard that just signed a $200 million endorsement deal with Adidas.


This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America

Meet Steve Bannon. He’s a former naval officer and Goldman Sachs banker who, as executive chairman of Breitbart News and the founding chairman of the Government Accountability Institute, is set on driving the narrative of the 2016 presidential election.

Wednesday, October 14


Danny Meyer Is Eliminating All Tipping at His Restaurants

Explaining a radical shift in the way some of New York’s best restaurants do business.

Longform Podcast #162: John Seabrook

John Seabrook is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory.

“Whether or not the piece succeeds or fails is not going to depend on whether I’m up to the minute on the latest social media spot to hang out or the latest slang words that are thrown around. It’s going to be the old eternal verities of structural integrity. So much of it is narrative and figuring out the tricks—and they are tricks, really—that make it go as a narrative. And that’s really the most interesting thing. Because you never ultimately have a formula that goes from piece to piece; it’s always going to have to be rediscovered every time you work on a long piece. And that’s kind of fun.”

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Show Notes »


A one-time egg donor infiltrates a donation industry conference.


The Man Who Builds Luxury Bomb Shelters for Paranoid One Percenters

Robert Vicino helps the rich prepare for doomsday.

Tuesday, October 13


Shrimp Boy’s Day in Court

What happened when one of San Francisco’s most notorious underworld bosses tried to go clean.

Our Favorite Articles from Playboy

Classic interviews (Steve Jobs, Malcolm X, The Beatles) and stories dating back to the magazine’s earliest days — our complete archive of Playboy articles.


The Death and Life of the Great British Pub

Pubs are closing all over London. One Camden establishment, the Golden Lion, decided to fight it.