Thursday, February 28

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Tom Freston, Runaway Mogul

A Liberian road trip with the creator of MTV, Ralph Reed and a reformed cannibal named General Butt Naked.

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The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer

“It seemed like everyone gets raped and assaulted and no one does anything about it; it’s like a big rape cult.”

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The Trials of Nadia Naffe

Naffe, a young Republican, entered the belly of the political beast – and was nearly eaten.

Wednesday, February 27

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James ‘Whitey’ Bulger & Catherine Greig’s Story

From Southie to Santa Monica, a gangster romance on the run.

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A Dazzling Priest’s Lurid Fall, to Drug Case Suspect

On the Connecticut priest who dealt methamphetamine from his church and ran a sex ring from his apartment.

Longform Podcast #30: Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen is the founding editor of n+1 and a contributor to The New Yorker.

"The founding editors are slowing down. We're not mad at anyone anymore. We think everything is great. ... But amazingly at n+1, we've had this younger generation of angry young women kind of rise up. Something has created space for young editors to come in and be really angry ... But that's holy, that's the thing that makes great writing: being angry."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!

Show Notes »
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Money

The economics of being a young writer.

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In the Footsteps of a Killer

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, can’t stop working on the case.

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African Dreamer

The diarist and photographer Peter Beard, known both for his series documenting a mass elephant starvation and for discovering the supermodel Iman on a Nairobi street, reflects on his life of “drugs, debt, and beautiful women” while recovering from being trampled by an elephant.

Tuesday, February 26

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To Build a (Better) Fire

The quest to create a cheap, durable, clean stove for the masses.

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The Ghost Writes Back

Confessions of a Sweet Valley High ghostwriter.