Right now, never-ending technological progress feels inevitable. It isn’t. And that’s a good thing. A talk on the future of the internet.
Friday, July 24
Thursday, July 23
Two ordinary Americans, inspired by right-wing extremism, plan to kidnap a cop.
The story of a lawyer-turned-money launderer, stolen evidence, and a bunch of comics selling at outrageously high prices at auction. And Mussolini.
An eviction notice causes a grotesque chain of events.
"Imogene grunted as she lifted the sledgehammer and again brought it down. She missed the knob and graced the door, taking some of the siding off it. She bent down and thrust the hammer at the spot. The wood gave away."
A trip to a lobster festival leads to an examination of the culinary and ethical dimensions of cooking a live, possibly sentient, creature.
Wednesday, July 22
The men who are trying to find out if wireless carjacking is possible.
Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times.
“Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you, and you’ll have to leave.’ I’m about three-quarters of the way there.”
Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.
Mistakes were made by the middle-aged Americans who hoped to take over Gambia.
Tuesday, July 21
“I tell them it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.