Saturday, May 18


Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman

William S. Burroughs interviews David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust mythology.

Friday, May 17


Drinking and Driving and Dying

The persistent, tragic behavior of professional athletes.


A Convenient Excuse

On the media’s failure to cover climate change.


Caterpillar's Doug Oberhelman: Manufacturing's Mouthpiece

Caterpillar’s CEO made $22 million last year. Some of his employees are on food stamps.

Thursday, May 16


The Heartbreaking Case of Zhu Ling

How the case of a poisoned college student in China, cold for 18 years, has suddenly turned into “what may be the largest amateur online manhunt in history.”


The Legend of Malacrianza

A profile of Costa Rica’s most famous bull, who is responsible for two riders’ deaths and a brand of craft beer.


Greetings from Gun Valley

Inside New England’s thriving arms industry.


Dirty Medicine

An investigation into widespread criminal fraud at a generic drug company.

Wednesday, May 15


The Animal Mind Reader

On the biology of animal emotion.


Drugstore Cowboy

The con man who cost Google $500 million.

Longform Podcast #41: Jonathan Shainin

Jonathan Shainin is senior editor at The Caravan in Delhi.

"Working in an environment that's foreign, where you have to kind of think through a lot of things from the ground up ... I find it to be really stimulating to have to interrogate the assumptions that you have as an editor about what's interesting and what's not interesting, what's a good story and what's a bad story, what's the story that's been done a million times already. When you get out of a place that is your place, you have to kind of think through some things in a fresh way. And that can be really productive."

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Show Notes »

Some of My Best Friends Are Germs

Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.