Thursday, November 29

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An inquiry into the assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister.

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Richard Simmons at 64, sweatin’ to the oldies (and country and disco) thrice weekly.

Wednesday, November 28

Longform Podcast #18: Mike Sager

Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group.

"I was instilled with this thing by my parents who loved me — they fucked me up plenty but they loved the shit out of me — where I can go with people who are different and I don't feel bad about myself. I've had 13-year-old pit-bull fighting kids shame me horribly...throw pebbles at my head, and it doesn't bother me. Because when I'm a reporter, I'm not me. I'm just there to get the job done and learn stuff. I don't take it personally. Plus, I know I'm going to get the last word."

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Show Notes »
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He was a nobody who became a porn star, a porn star who became a destitute freebaser, an addict who set up his dealer to be robbed, and finally witness to a retaliatory massacre at the house they called Wonderland.

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A species of jellyfish that can transform itself back to a polyp at any time appears to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world — you are born, and then you die.

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The many reasons Lost shouldn’t have happened.

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Our entire way of life depends upon the “cold chain,” the network of artificially refrigerated spaces that have reshaped the modern world.

Tuesday, November 27

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A master troll on trial in New Jersey.

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“Suddenly, he had to ask for help with buttons, zippers and shoelaces. And he loathes asking for help.”

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In 1968, the author revisits remote British Columbia, which he traveled two years earlier.

Monday, November 26

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A profile of Henry Hook, crossword puzzle master.

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“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”