Sunday, May 5

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Taken for a Ride: Temp Agencies and Raiteros in Immigrant Chicago

How companies and large temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as “raiteros,” who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.

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Death of a Building

A historic Little Rock building and its owner, before and after a catastrophic fire.

Saturday, May 4

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Green Screen: The Lack of Female Road Narratives and Why it Matters

“When a man steps onto the road, his journey begins. When a woman steps onto that same road, hers ends.”

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Hard Knocks: Shanghai

The NFL attempts to set up a beachhead in China.

Friday, May 3

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The Biggest Week in Bourbontown

An 8th-generation Louisvillian on the Kentucky Derby, bourbon and the history of his hometown.

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James Baldwin: The Art of Fiction No. 78

“No one works better out of anguish at all; that’s an incredible literary conceit.”

The Latest from Longform Fiction

New on Longform Fiction

Every weekday, our editors recommend one short story from across the web on Longform Fiction. Three picks from this week:

Mexican Manifesto
Roberto Bolaño • New Yorker
A series of mysterious, dangerous interactions in a Mexican bathhouse.

Babushka
Sarah Gentile • Vol. 1 Brooklyn
A baby born in New Jersey grows and takes on the characteristics of a headstrong Russian woman.

Stan's Report
Glen Pourciau • AGNI
Tension between two co-workers turns into a complicated game of lies and intentions.

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Deep Inside Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco

Creation of a fast food phenomenon.

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Escape

Meet Krystal Ryan. She left her abusive husband.

Thursday, May 2

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Trasmissions from Camp Trans

The author visits Camp Trans, an annual protest organized after the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival evicted a transsexual woman.

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First Do No Harm

How OxyContin permeated one small town.