Wednesday, August 20

Longform Podcast #105: Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a war journalist and documentary filmmaker for Vice News. His latest book is The Interpreters.

"You're surrounded by people who are so poor. Maybe their family members have already been killed. And they still can't leave. So compared to that, I can't really take the idea that I've suffered and that I need stop and go to a spa for a few days. I can't take that idea that seriously. Compared to them, it feels like I am leading an almost privileged existence."

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The full text of a 20,000-word ebook on the interpreters who worked alongside American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their fates once they were no longer of service.

The Interpreters is also available free on Amazon.

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Meeting Christopher Thomas Knight, a.k.a. the North Pond Hermit, who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly 30 years.

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In exchange for his surrender, the top Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his own jail, complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years later, it’s a home for the elderly.

Tuesday, August 19

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On the trail of Austin Tice and the late James Foley, freelance journalists who were kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

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On the highly enjoyable, nearly fatal first experiments with laughing gas in late 18th-century London.

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Elias Pompa is the lone deputy in one of the poorest counties in Texas. He is also at the center of the U.S. border crisis.

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Kim Goodsell had a pair of rare diseases. Doctors didn’t have the time to look for a link. So she taught herself genetics and found it herself.

Monday, August 18

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On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.

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The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.

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On a childhood fascination with the mid-18th century battle.

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In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 25 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.