Friday, February 28


The Last, Disposable Action Hero

In Hollywood’s new blockbuster economy, the actors who portray superheroes are as interchangeable as the costumes they wear.


The Doctor and the Saint

An essay on BR Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and the battle against caste in India.


Deal Me Out

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s intimate coverage of Wall Street.

Thursday, February 27


Neo-Nazi Mole

When its informant’s cover was blown, German intelligence destroyed his files. Did his handlers fail to pick up a violent cell that would eventually murder nine immigrants and a cop in order to preserve their asset?


The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass

An undercover cop targets an autistic teen as a drug dealer.


Wednesday, February 26


The Allman Brothers Story

A 16-year-old journalist goes on tour with a band on top. The article that inspired Almost Famous.


The Murders Before the Marathon

A triple homicide, the alleged involvement of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, and those caught up in the FBI’s ongoing investigation.

Longform Podcast #81: Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits.

"Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is all you get these days before the jig is up. ... Unless, like Barbara Ehrenreich, you legally change your name. I was not quite prepared to go that far."

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Show Notes »

The Plot From Solitary

How four prisoners in solitary confinement launched the largest hunger strike in American history.


All About Eve—and Then Some

A profile of Eve Babitz – muse, writer, LA party girl.

Tuesday, February 25


Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine

On the dueling propagandists of Kiev and Moscow.