Tuesday, June 4

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The First Church of Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer

In the ’50s and ’60s, the Reverend Will Campbell marched with MLK Jr. and worked to desegregate the University of Mississippi. Later, broke, he took a job as Waylon Jennings’ roadie and occasional spiritual guru. Afterward, his ministry grew even stranger and more itinerant.

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Beyond Recognition

The story of a face transplant.

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Maxed Out on Everest

On the dangerous glut of visitors looking to conquer Mt. Everest, where there is sometimes a two-hour wait to climb the Hillary Step.

Monday, June 3

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The Deep State

A profile of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, prime minister of Turkey.

The Longform Guide to Cocaine

The Longform Guide to Cocaine

A collection of picks on how coke is made, distributed and consumed.

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Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi

The odyssey of Kim Jong-il’s personal chef.

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Encounters with the Posthuman

On artists using their bodies to blur the line between human and machine.

Sunday, June 2

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The Confidence Economy

An interview with T.J. Jackson Lears, historian of the “charlatans and hucksters of the Gilded Age, the cagey, conniving street peddlers of what we’d rather think was a premodern world.”

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Arming Syria’s Rebellion

In a Turkish hotel, veterans of the Libyan Revolution meet with their fractured Syrian counterparts to transfer know-how and heavy weaponry.

Saturday, June 1

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The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World’s Hottest Peppers

A trip to a pepper-eating contest in remote India.

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Colum McCann’s Radical Empathy

A profile of the writer.

Plus: An excerpt from McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic. (via Longform Fiction)