Thursday, November 14

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Hana's Story

In 2008, Hana Williams left an Ethiopian orphanage to join a large, Christian fundamentalist family in America. Three years later she was dead.

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What Is the Value of Stolen Art?

On the Kunsthal heist and the murky economics of making money from stolen paintings.

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What Happened at Brian Holloway's House?

Searching for the real reason why a bunch of kids partying at the empty home of an NFL player became a national story.

Wednesday, November 13

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The Willy Wonka of Pot

A trip to Hempfest with cannabis breeder DJ Short.

Longform Podcast #68: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery are the co-editors of Mother Jones.

"We probably pay more attention to our fact-checking and our research than almost everybody in our industry. By the time we publish stuff, we make sure it's unimpeachable because people would like to impeach it."

Thanks to TinyLetter and HostGator for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Fall of the House of Moon


A history of scandal and civil war within the first family of the Unification Church.

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Life After Death

The scientific pursuit of the afterlife.

Tuesday, November 12

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After 30 Years of Silence, the Original NSA Whistleblower Looks Back

A profile of Perry Fellwock, a.k.a. Winslow Peck, who exposed the NSA in an 1972 article for Ramparts magazine.

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The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.

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Boy Next Door

Growing up in a Toronto suburb while a serial rapist is on the loose.

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That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me

On Twitter’s pleasures and perils.