Friday, October 12

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How a couple made millions on uncanny forgeries.

Thursday, October 11

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The last men who ride the rails, “where silence and lawlessness still reign.”

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Meet Kareem Ahmed, the President’s reclusive bankroller.

Wednesday, October 10

Longform Podcast #10: Chris Jones (Live)

Chris Jones (Live in Romania)

Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones before a live audience in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian magazine Decât o Revistă.

"It just feels good to fucking win ... If you want to say 'Let's get rid of [journalism awards],' no problem. But if they exist, I want to win them. Just because I won two—I know Gary Smith has won four. I want five. Unless Gary Smith wins five, and then I want six. That's just how I work. And maybe that's a terrible, competitive, creepy thing. But journalism is competitive."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!

Show Notes »
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A Javanese shrine where Muslim pilgrims seeking good fortune must peform a ritual: find a stranger, have sex with them.

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Unraveling the layers of upstate New York’s most reclusive community.

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In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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How one woman is monitoring the jihadi network from a home office in Montana.

Tuesday, October 9

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A spy takes on his own agency.

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A jailhouse interview with Steve Washak, who made millions selling “natural male enhancement” pills.

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Why the flood of money in this election is just the beginning.

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On Bruce Springsteen’s song, and growing up in a factory town.