Saturday, January 18

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"Hoop Dreams": An Oral History

Twenty years after its premiere, the filmmakers and subjects look back at “the great American documentary.”

Friday, January 17

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The Campaign That Rocked Washington

An unlikely bipartisan alliance attempts to get Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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This Is What It’s Like to Be at War With Your Body

One man’s quest to have a healthy leg amputated.

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Darkness in August

“There is only one given: On the afternoon of August 16, a 22-year-old from Australia named Christopher Lane, who had come to America to go to college and play baseball, went out running and, without warning or knowing why, was shot to death in Duncan.”

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The Writer and the Puzzle: Richard Ben Cramer Couldn't Crack A-Rod

On the legendary journalist and the book he never finished.

Thursday, January 16

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Is This Thing On?

Why audio never goes viral.

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Runner, Interrupted

What happens when a runner loses his feet?

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The First 48 Makes Millions Off Imprisoning Innocents

What happened when 21-year-old Taiwan Smart became the target of both police and a reality TV show.

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Here Comes Everybody

What accounts for the gender gap in literary criticism?

Wednesday, January 15

Longform Podcast #75: George Saunders

George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December.

"Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I'll find human beings, I'll find human interest, I'll find literature. And I guess you could argue the weirder, or maybe the less explored the place, the better."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Audible for sponsoring this week's episode. For a free audiobook of your choice, go to audiblepodcast.com/longform.

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Dr. V's Magical Putter

The very complicated life of Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, who once built a very good golf club.

Update: Grantland has published a pair of responses to the reaction to this story, "What Grantland Got Wrong" by Christina Kahrl and "The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor" by Bill Simmons.

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Palace Intrigue

François Hollande campaigned as “Monsieur Normal,” but after taking office as France’s President, a single tweet exposed his twisted 20-year love triangle.