Monday, December 28


Two Lanes to Accokeek

A car race goes tragically wrong.

Sunday, December 27


Karen Silkwood — Dead Because She Knew Too Much?

She was a young plutonium worker whose Honda Civic Hatchback ran off the road and smashed into the wall of a concrete culvert. In her trunk were manila folders full of documents, which immediately went missing.


The Higher Power of Russell Wilson

On the quarterback everyone loves to hate.

Saturday, December 26


City of Fear

How PCC, once an inmate soccer team and now Brazil’s most notorious prison gang, coordinated seven days of riots throughout São Paulo using mobile phones.


Failure Factories

On Dec. 18, 2007, the school board in Pinellas Country, Florida, voted to abandon integration. They justified the decision with bold promises: Schools in poor, black neighborhoods would get more money, more staff, more resources. They delivered none of that. A 5-part investigation.


The Art of Tour Guiding

What it’s like to drive tourists around the Australian outback.

Friday, December 25


The Billionaire Battle in the Bahamas

The whole thing began over a puddle in the driveway. Eight years later, Peter Nygard and his neighbor Louis Bacon, who own houses next to each other in paradise, have spent tens of millions in a constantly escalating legal war. Neither man spends much time on the island anymore.



When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.

Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast

The Day Bobby Blew It

Bobby Fischer unravels before the 1972 World Chess Championships, a.k.a. the “the Match of the Century.”

Thursday, December 24


No Offense

On feminism and the limitations of outrage online.


Chicago Christmas, 1984

How John, a father of 14, lost Christmas.


Safe Passage

Checking up on an ambitious, controversial conservation initiative, 20 years later.