Wednesday, May 25


The New Activism of Campus Life

On trigger warnings, allyship, intersectionality, and what’s really eating Oberlin.


The Citizen-Soldier

“In some ways, joining the military is an act of faith in one’s country—an act of faith that the country will use your life well.”

Tuesday, May 24



An $140 million blockbuster written and funded by a billionaire, ‘Empires of the Deep’ was supposed to be China’s ‘Avatar,’ featuring mermaids, Greek warriors, pirates, sea monsters, and an even international stars.

Six years after being filmed, the movie has never seen the light of day.


Reefer Momness

The author takes a trip to HempCon with her anxious, insomniac, ultra-Orthodox Jewish mother.

Previously: Taffy Brodesser-Akner on the Longform Podcast

A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

A novel interrogation technique is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking.

Previously: Robert Kolker on the Longform Podcast

The Slideshow That Saved the World

An oral history of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Monday, May 23


The Great Swiss Bank Heist

Hervé Falciani, a computer engineer working at HSBC, stole the bank’s list of secret accounts. But was he out to expose tax cheats or get rich himself? Perhaps both.

Previously: Patrick Radden Keefe on the Longform Podcast

Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. It’s racist.


The Crazy Crash of NYC’s Hottest Vegan

Sarma Melngailis owned a booming vegan restaurant beloved by celebrities. But after systematically draining the company bank account, she and her husband skipped town. Last week, after nearly a year on the lam, they were arrested in a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Tennessee. The cops found them after they ordered Domino’s.

Sunday, May 22


The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Peggy Jo Tallas spent most of her adult life doing two things: taking care of her ailing mother and robbing bank after bank dressed as a pudgy, bearded cowboy.

More: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists

Ethics and the Eye of the Beholder

Thomas Pogge is a Yale professor and one of the world’s most prominent ethicists. He also stands accused of sexually harassing his female students.

Previously: Katie J.M. Baker on the Longform Podcast