Thursday, September 18


Showdown at the Four Seasons

The battle over a New York Picasso.


The Plus Side

A revolution in full-figured fashion.


The Plunge

How a Soviet swimming champion saved passengers from a sinking trolleybus.

Wednesday, September 17


Dark Side of the Moon

On the Cold War and the Space Race.

Longform Podcast #109: Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and more. He is the author of several books, including Friday Night Lights.

"It’s quiet. And I really felt I needed that quiet. People say, 'Well anger was your edge, and agitation was your edge, and that’s going to hurt your writing.' I don’t know, maybe. It may be that in order to live a happier life you become a shittier writer. I don't know. But I just couldn't live in that fashion anymore, I just couldn't. It would've destroyed my marriage. It was destroying me."

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Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.


Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

A profile of the novelist, who is surprised to be alive.


How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Maintaining order behind bars.

Tuesday, September 16


Disrupters, Disconnectionists, and Dicks

On the host of MTV’s Catfish and his new book.


China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

On the world’s biggest polluter.


The Nuclear Tourist

Visiting the site of the Chernobyl meltdown.


My Year As an Abortion Doula

At the bedside when a pregnancy ends.