Wednesday, February 12

Longform Podcast #79: David Kushner

David Kushner, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and The Atavist.

"The minute you see an incredible character, you know. The only thing I can compare it to is bowling, not that I'm much of a bowler. On the few times I've thrown a strike, you know it before it hits the pins."

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In the Darkness of Dick Cheney

“And yet we live still in Cheney’s world. All around us are the consequences of those decisions.”

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Can Wendy Davis Have It All?

A tale of ambition, motherhood and political mythmaking in the race for governor of Texas.

Tuesday, February 11

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How Colleges Flunk Mental Health

An investigtion into higher education’s treatment, and often punishment, of mentally ill students.

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The Patron and the Panhandler

Fifty years after Joseph Mitchell published "Joe Gould's Secret" in The New Yorker, one last question about Gould—the identity of his anonymous benefactor—is answered.

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How The Beatles Went Viral

In the Winter of 1964, the Fab Four rocket to superstardom in just six weeks.

Monday, February 10

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Prying Eyes

Photographer Trevor Paglen makes art out of government secrets.

Hear Jonah Weiner discuss this article on the Longform Podcast.

The Longform Guide to Loners

The Longform Guide to Loners

Chris McCandless, Ida Wood, Sly Stone and more—a collection of stories that go inside the lives of outsiders.

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Who Killed Gonzalo Ramirez?

In 1995, Ramirez allegedly raped Patricia Esparza. He was tortured and killed weeks later. Now she’s charged with his murder. Is she responsible?

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Saving eBay

How a small team of 20-somethings helped spark a $50 billion turnaround.

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What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Humans play. So do animals. Perhaps that’s why we’re all here.