Friday, April 5

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All Politics Is Local

Covering an election in Peru’s largest prison.

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The New Roma Ghettos

On the segregation of Slovakia’s Gypsies.

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The Divorce From Hell

"Five years, four judges, six lawyers, $400,000 in attorney and expert fees and costs, a child yanked back and forth, [and] petty arguing." Chronicling the slow end of one American marriage.

Thursday, April 4

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Playboy Interview: Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert

“Ebert: Sometimes we do really dislike each other.

Siskel: And sometimes we don’t.”

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Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

A profile of the late critic.

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Funeral

An oral history of the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot.

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The End and Don King

The crumbling of an American icon.

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The Ghost in the Machine

A profile of the D.O.C., the rapper’s rapper, who ghostwrote for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

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The Meaning of White

A mother struggles to cope when a child is born with albinism.

Wednesday, April 3

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Longform Podcast #35: Jay Caspian Kang

Jay Caspian Kang is a writer and editor at Grantland.

"That's one of the things I've been learning: sometimes if you just sit there, they forget that you're there, so they forget to get rid of you. I'm very quiet and I try not to ask them a lot of questions. ... Generally I just observe. I feel like because I'm a fiction writer, the story will tell itself through the narrative of the person's movement through their daily life."

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Show Notes »
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The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A cultural history of Bitcoin and what happened when the nascent virtual currency began to be covered by the mainstream media.