Thursday, June 13

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The Secret War

How General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, became the most powerful intelligence officer in U.S. history.

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How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet

On an artist who’s spent nearly 50 years bending the rules of space and light, and his life’s work, an extinct volcano in Arizona where he has been developing a network of tunnels and underground rooms since 1974.

Wednesday, June 12

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Must Cats Die So Birds Can Live?

Inside an animal-lover civil war.

Longform Podcast #45: Chris Heath

Chris Heath, winner of the 2013 National Magazine Award for Reporting, is a staff writer at GQ.

"I present myself as someone who is going to be rigorous and honest. And if you can engage in the way I'm asking you to engage, then I hope that you will recognize yourself in a more truthful way in this story than you usually do. And maybe even, with a bit of luck, more than you ever have before. That's what I bring. That's my offer."

Thanks to TinyLetter and the The Literary Reportage concentration at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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Modern Warfare

The bizarre battle over the Call of Duty video game franchise.

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Behind Kanye’s Mask: An Interview

"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z."

Tuesday, June 11

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The Unraveling of Bo Xilai

Tracking the circuitous fall of a Chinese political star.

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Ghosts of the Rio Grande

On the hundreds of corpses that go unindentified every year along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Berkeley: What We Didn’t Know

“A curious thing about the United States is that anticommunism has always been far louder and more potent than communism.”

Monday, June 10

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Our Orgiastic Future

What the bountiful sex lives of bonobos—they enjoy deep kissing, oral sex, dry humping, and polyamory—can teach us about humanity.

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The Fairy Godmother of Rock

A profile of Stevie Nicks.