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!'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA 14 for sponsoring this week's episode.

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

On a parent’s relationship with unused embryos.

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The Milkman Cometh

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

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Treasury Island

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

Monday, September 30

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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.

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

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

Sunday, September 29

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How BlackBerry Blew It

Ego, hubris, and the failure to adapt.

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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

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

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

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Poison Tree

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