On recreational genetics, privacy and the new vulnerability of family secrets.
Thursday, December 5
The journey from a Sudanese refugee camp to an Atlanta police academy.
Wednesday, December 4
In 2009, three followers of an Oprah-endorsed motivational speaker named James Arthur Ray died in an Arizona sweat lodge. Now, after serving two years in prison for negligent homicide, Ray is trying to get back on the self-help circuit.
Jason Fagone, a contributing editor at Wired and a writer-at-large for Philadelphia, is the author of Ingenious.
"It seemed like all the big guys in American society had let us down, all the elites. And here was a contest that was explicitly looking to the little guy and saying, 'We don't care what you've done before or how much money you have in your pocket. If you solve this problem, you win the money.' There was something so optimistic and hopeful and cool about that to me."
- Jason Fagone on Longform
- [2:15] "The Dirtiest Player" (GQ • Feb 2010)
- [11:45] Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America (2013)
- [24:00] "High Times May Be the Most Influential Publication of Our Era" (The New Republic • Nov 2013)
- [24:45] "The Willy Wonka of Pot" (Grantland • Nov 2013)
- [25:30] Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis: An Expert Breeder Shares His Secrets (DJ Short • 2004)
- [48:30] "The Death (and Life) of the Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper" (Philadelphia • May 2012)
- [49:00] Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy (James Fallows • 1996)
One woman’s beautiful, strange, and troubling final days.
On the volunteer “Wikipedians” who devote their free time to editing Wikipedia.
Tuesday, December 3
A profile of Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at the Walk the Plank obstacle during an endurance race last year.
In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”
Monday, December 2
Visiting Cambodia, and a Khmer Rouge prison camp, 30 years after the genocide.
The war between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez, “fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.”