Thursday, August 29

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'F--- Rap, Laying Back Eating Poutine'

Three days on road with former chef and current rap eccentric Action Bronson.

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The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement

Meet Alan Chambers, former leader of Exodus International–a “pray the gay away” ministry.

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Curses! The Birth of the Bleep and Modern American Censorship

From the proto-bleep to meta-bleep: how the US government protects us from the profane.

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Gibbeted

On the hanging of James Murphy, murderer.

Wednesday, August 28

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The Gangster in the Huddle

On the fall of Aaron Hernandez, who friends say had been “twisted on dust for more than a year” before the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Longform Podcast #57: Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow is a staff writer at the Washington Post and a contributor at ESPN the Magazine.

"It's not really my place to complain about it being hard for me to write. I wrote the story ("After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonely Quiet") and I got to leave it. And even when I was writing the story, I was only experiencing what they were experiencing in a super fractional way. The hard part is that it was a story where there are no breaks, there's no—it is this relentless, sort of bottomless pain and I struggled with that. … A story can only have so many crushing moments, otherwise they just all wash out. But the other truth is: it is what it is. It's an impossibly heartbreaking situation. And making the story anything other than relentlessly heartbreaking would've been doing an injustice to what they're dealing with."

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

Show Notes »
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MediaTakeout: Fear of a Black TMZ

The story of mediatakeout.com, a gossip site with a monthly audience of 16 million and a loose relationship with the truth.

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460 Days in Captivity

A 27-year old reporter is kidnapped in Somalia and held hostage for over a year.

Tuesday, August 27

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America’s Worst Community Colleges

On the dysfunctional community colleges of San Francisco.

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A Butler Well Served by This Election

A profile of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen. This article served as inspiration for the recent movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”