Friday, October 4

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Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll

Badfinger’s ill-fated attempt at a comeback, as orchestrated by a Milwaukee con man.

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Forms of Delirium

The rise of the Night Wolves, a Kremlin-backed biker gang, and what it says about the Russian political condition.

Thursday, October 3

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How the Feds Took Down the Dread Pirate Roberts

On the fall of Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged creator of The Silk Road, a hidden black market website where users could buy and sell drugs, guns and, according to the FBI, the services of a hit man.

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How Brazil's Richest Man Lost $34.5 Billion

Oil and iron-ore baron Eike Batista’s very bad year.

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Wednesday, October 2

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If He Hollers Let Him Go

Searching for Dave Chappelle ten years after he left his show.

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Once Upon a Time in the Middle East

On driving (and walking) in the Middle East – from Syria to Lebanon, across Saudi Arabia to Dammam, in a taxi through war-torn Beirut.

Tuesday, October 1

Longform Podcast #62: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

"The categories are in motion. You turn into a Goliath, then you topple because of your bigness. You fall to the bottom again. And Davids, after a while, are no longer Davids. Facebook is no longer an underdog—it's now everything it once despised. I am everything I once despised. When I was 25, I used to write these incredibly snotty, hostile articles attacking big-name, nonfiction journalists. Now I read them and I'm like, 'Oh my God, they're doing a me on me!'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA 14 for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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Determining the Fate of Frozen Embryos: Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

On a parent’s relationship with unused embryos.

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The Milkman Cometh

How one man helped get Vitamin D into milk, fortified food, and spurred our obsession with supplements.