Saturday, March 19

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In the Land of Missing Persons

Alaska brims with stories of people who vanish and are given up for dead. Once in a while, the dead return.

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The Violin Thief

Philip Johnson was a promising musical prodigy. Then he stole a teacher’s prized Stradivarius.

Friday, March 18

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Debriefing Mike Murphy

A profile of the man who ran Jeb Bush’s $118 million super-PAC as he cleans out his office. Had Murphy been legally allowed to talk to the candidate during the election, here’s what he would have said: “What the fuck were we thinking?”

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Secrets of a Secret Agent

Jason Matthews worked at the CIA for more than 30 years. Then he started writing spy novels.

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Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream

Park Service and Forest Service employees face sexual harassment and assault in America’s wild places.

Thursday, March 17

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How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

Most of the men were in their 60s and 70s, with heart conditions, diabetes, and replacement hips. They made off with millions in cash and jewels, only to give themselves up by not understanding how technology works.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "She Wants, She Gets"

A contemporary fairy tale of transformations and time.

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Frank Sinatra Jr. Is Worth Six Buddy Grecos

A profile of a “49-year-old man whose father has just yelled at him,” Frank Sinatra Jr., a son living under the longest shadow.

Wednesday, March 16

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The Art of the Smear

A journalist on the troll who tried to destroy her.

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Emerald Sea

Jay Miscovich spent his life wanting to hunt for treasure. In 2010, after just a few months of trying, he found half a billion dollars worth of emeralds at the bottom of the Atlantic. A few years later he killed himself.

Longform Podcast #184: Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón, a novelist and the co-founder of Radio Ambulante, has written for Harper's, California Sunday, and the New York Times Magazine.

“I’m a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, and I care a lot about my sentences and my prose and all that. But would I be willing to defend my book in a Peruvian prison? That’s a litmus test I think a lot of writers I know would fail.”

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