Thursday, March 7


No Sleep 'Til Fairbanks

An account of Yukon Quest, Alaska’s grueling, thousand-mile dog sled race.

Wednesday, March 6


Politics and the English Language

“Modern writing at its worst does not consist in picking out words for the sake of their meaning and inventing images in order to make the meaning clearer. It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug.”

Longform Podcast #31: Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum is a television critic at The New Yorker.

"I actually feel this kind of crazy cause ... because TV is condescended to, has been put down and treated like it's junk, and TV deserves to have the kind of criticism that expects it to be great. To me it's a really engaging and satisfying cause, no matter whether I'm praising or criticizing something."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!

Show Notes »

His Game, His Rules

A profile of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.


Nora Ephron's Final Act

A son tries to make sense of his mother’s end.



On reading and writing fan fiction.

Tuesday, March 5


Fidel’s Heir

A profile of Hugo Chávez.


When the Jihad Came to Mali

A history of how Tuareg separatists, jihadists seeking a “desert caliphate,” cigarette smugglers, and narcotraffickers have turned Northern Mali into “the globe’s most significant terrorist threat.”


Chasing the Higgs

The people behind the search for the “God particle.”


The Deluge

The impact of the oil and gas booms taking place all over the world, and our future on fossil fuels.

Monday, March 4


Up All Night

The science of sleeplessness.