Friday, November 16

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The night his Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers for the national championship, Brian Downing put his balls on the face of a passed out LSU fan named Garrison Stamp. The act was caught on video, the video went viral, and their lives were never the same.

Thursday, November 15

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Memoir of a Latter-day campaign correspondent.

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Ashlyn Blocker, 13, has a “congenital insensitivity to pain.”

Wednesday, November 14

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The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.

Longform Podcast #16: Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff is an executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly.

"There are many, many people who write and they have tragic stories, but they're not necessarily compelling magazine articles. Figuring out what is a compelling magazine article and what isn't is one of the more painful things about this. You can't look into every case. But your job is to be a storyteller."

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Show Notes »
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A 50-year medical riddle in Papua New Guinea and the man who made solving it his life’s work.

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Exploring Paris’s parallel universe of tunnels, caverns and catacombs.

Tuesday, November 13

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“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.”

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A profile of Reinhold Messner, the greatest mountain climber of all time.

Monday, November 12

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The deadly hazing that destroyed a legendary college marching band.