Saturday, March 9

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Adventures in the Ransom Trade

On the revolutionaries, highly-paid negotiators, former spies, foreign businessmen and their families, who all played roles in the massive Colombian kidnap and ransom industry during its 1990s heyday.

Friday, March 8

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Growing Up in the World's Deadliest City

A generation that has seen inestimable violence comes of age in Juarez.

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Notes of a Know-Nothing Knicks Fan

An appreciation of the hometown team.

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"You Have All the Reasons to Be Angry"

The fight for South Africa’s future.

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Brickyard Blues

On the brick stackers of Chicago.

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Thursday, March 7

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(Un)dead Wrestler Of The Week: The Undertaker

On the career and legacy of America’s most popular wrestler.

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Faith Healers

How mergers between Catholic institutions and secular hospitals are changing the nature of health care.

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No Sleep 'Til Fairbanks

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

Wednesday, March 6

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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."

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His Game, His Rules

A profile of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.