Thursday, September 11


The Dating Game

An oral history of the Tinderverse.


The Eternal Paternal

On Bill Cosby’s complicated family life.


The Story That Tore Through the Trees

On Norman Maclean’s Young Men and Fire and its lingering effects on our collective imagination and environment.

Wednesday, September 10


Ivory Tower Phony?

Sex, lies and fraud alleged at West Virginia University.


The Wet Stuff

The men who built the great American water park.

Longform Podcast #108: Sean Wilsey

Sean Wilsey has written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s Quarterly, where he is an editor-at-large. His latest book is More Curious.

"I’m actually apparently a fairly competent person at getting things done, making deadlines and all these things. But the Wilsey you might get in the piece about NASA is the guy who eats a ton of oysters and drinks a lot of beer before getting on the vomit comet."

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Show notes »

The Next Giant Leap

“You are reading this because you have no idea what NASA is doing. And NASA, tongue-tied by jargon, can’t figure out how to tell you. But the agency is engaged in work that can be more enduring and far-reaching than anything else this country is paying for.”


Excarnation in Texas

Meet the people decomposing on a body farm.


Ending College Sexual Assault

On the president’s campaign to crack down on campus rape.

Tuesday, September 9


The Force That Drives the Flower

On the universal drive to grow and reproduce.


The Trans-Everything CEO

A profile of the highest-paid female executive in America, who was born male.


The Boy They Couldn't Save

On the failure of Minnesota’s child-protection agencies.