Tuesday, October 1

Longform Podcast #62: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

"The categories are in motion. You turn into a Goliath, then you topple because of your bigness. You fall to the bottom again. And Davids, after a while, are no longer Davids. Facebook is no longer an underdog—it's now everything it once despised. I am everything I once despised. When I was 25, I used to write these incredibly snotty, hostile articles attacking big-name, nonfiction journalists. Now I read them and I'm like, 'Oh my God, they're doing a me on me!'"

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Show Notes »

Determining the Fate of Frozen Embryos: Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

On a parent’s relationship with unused embryos.


The Milkman Cometh

How one man helped get Vitamin D into milk, fortified food, and spurred our obsession with supplements.


Treasury Island

A young wonk is handed the budget of the world’s smallest republic.

Monday, September 30


Thoreau 2.0

On simplicity, self-reliance and refusing to cooperate with “the apparatus of secrecy” that surrounds online surveillance.

The Longform Guide to Diaries

The Longform Guide to Diaries

Nina Simone, a child of Scientology, and a murderous college student—a collection of articles based on private journals.


"It Was the Biggest Game of Chicken I’ve Ever Seen."

A post-acquisition profile of Tumblr’s David Karp.

Sunday, September 29


How BlackBerry Blew It

Ego, hubris, and the failure to adapt.


The Spy Who Loved Us

On Pham Xuan An, Time’s Saigon correspondent during the Vietnam War, who led a double life as an intelligence agent for Ho Chi Minh.

Saturday, September 28


Risk and Romance Among NBA Groupies: An Embed’s Report

Sex in the NBA in the wake of Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement.


Poison Tree

An open letter on Grand Theft Auto 5 and aging out of the Rockstar Games franchise.