Friday, February 28

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The Last, Disposable Action Hero

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

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The Doctor and the Saint

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

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Deal Me Out

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s intimate coverage of Wall Street.

Thursday, February 27

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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?

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The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass

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

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Wednesday, February 26

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The Allman Brothers Story

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

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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."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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The Plot From Solitary

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

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All About Eve—and Then Some

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

Tuesday, February 25

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Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine

On the dueling propagandists of Kiev and Moscow.