Saturday, September 27

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Reflections on Villaplane"

A French soccer star’s rise and fall from sports to cons to the Nazi Party.

For a daily short story recommendation from our editors, try Longform Fiction or follow @longformfiction on Twitter.

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Using So Little

On the importance of skateboarding.

Previously: Sean Wilsey on the Longform Podcast.

Friday, September 26

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The Uncatchable

He’s spent decades dodging the law. He’s escaped from jail twice by helicopter. He’s given millions to the poor. The story of how Vassilis Paleokostas, Greece’s most wanted man, became a folk hero.

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“Your Future Is Very Dark”

On former CIA agent John T. Downey, who spent more than 20 years in China as the longest held American captive of war.

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Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

When Carmen Segarra was hired to examine Goldman Sachs for the New York Fed, she bought a small recorder and began taping her meetings. Here is what she found before she was fired.

Listen to the radio version of this story from This American Life.

Thursday, September 25

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The Reclusive, Doll-Collecting Copper Queen of Fifth Avenue

The story of heiress Huguette Clark, who spent her life avoiding people and collecting dolls.

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Who Is Su

Life after losing your memory at 22.

Dan P. Lee on the Longform Podcast.
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Always Leave Them Laughing

Sam Simon made a fortune from The Simpsons. Now, diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is racing to spend it.

Wednesday, September 24

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Inside the Secret Life of Ronald Stan

Jeff Walton is a 69-year-old plumber with a wife and 35-year-old son. It turns out he’s also Ronald Stan, a Canadian man who faked his own death in 1977.

Longform Podcast #110: Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and is an editor-at-large for The Nation.

"The instability was so intense and the anguish and frustration were so intense that there wasn’t a ton of time to think through, 'Well, what is my role in this?' Mostly it was: wake up in the morning after two or three hours of sleep and start going to stuff, talking to people, and keep doing that until the show happens."

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The Body Electric

What it’s like to be struck by lightning.