Thursday, September 5

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The Way of All Flesh

Undercover in an industrial slaughterhouse.

Previously: Conover discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.

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A Death in Valdosta

In January, the body of a 17-year-old athlete was found in his high school’s gym. The authorities ruled it an accident. His friends and family aren’t convinced.

Wednesday, September 4

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Bashar al-Assad: "All contracts signed with Russia are implemented"

“Have they not realised that since the Vietnam War, all the wars their predecessors have waged have failed? Have they not learned that they have gained nothing from these wars but the destruction of the countries they fought, which has had a destabilising effect on the Middle East and other parts of the world? Have they not comprehended that all of these wars have not made people in the region appreciate them or believe in their policies?”

Longform Podcast #58: Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

"People don't really care about issues so much as they care about the stories and the characters that bring those issues to life. ... A story needs an engine or something to propel you forward and it can't just be a collection of like, 'Oh hmm, this was interesting over here and this was interesting over there.' Realizing that helped me sit down with all my stuff on trafficking and labor abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan and say 'What are the five craziest things that I found here and how could I weave them together in a way that would actually have some forward motion?'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and Hulu Plus for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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What's Killing Poor White Women?

They have lost five years of life expectancy and no one knows why.

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Return to the Rainforest

The son of an American anthropologist returns to the Amazon to reunite with his mother, an indigenous tribeswoman.

Tuesday, September 3

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The Secret Life of Nuns

What prompts a woman to exit society and marry God? Inside a modern convent in Texas.

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The Strange Story of Skype

How a group of serial entrepreneurs with an already impressive string of hits changed the way the world talks.

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Enemy Inside the Wire: The Untold Story of the Battle of Bastion

An account of the night last September when 15 Taliban, dressed as American soldiers, snuck onto one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan.

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Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops

How real-time information can make you a better human.

Monday, September 2

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Varieties of Disturbance

A profile of Claire Danes.

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Searching for Robert Johnson

The legacy of a phantom bluesman.