On the skyrocketing number of Americans on disability—14 million at last count, with payouts topping those for food stamps and welfare combined—and what it means for the U.S. economy.
Sunday, March 24
After watching his father Sandy abuse his paralyzed former-jockey mother for years, Mat Crichton committed murder. Nearly the entire local farming community rallied in support of him.
Saturday, March 23
How a longtime gambling addict and a small band of his cronies manipulated both the game and betting exchanges from a tiny Berlin cafe, going as far as buying ownerships of teams in order to insure their failure.
Robert Berman was a passionate and polarizing English teacher at the Horace Mann School. He is also accused of sexually abusing many of his devoted students.
Friday, March 22
Life as a human cannonball.
An interview with the late writer.
Tracking down a Congolese war criminal.
Born with spina bifida, Noor al-Zahra Haider entered the media spotlight in 2005 after U.S. troops arranged her life-saving surgery in America. This is what happened when she returned to Iraq.
Thursday, March 21
Our sponsor this week is Voice Media Group, publisher of the Village Voice, LA Weekly, Miami New Times and eight other metropolitan newsweeklies and sites. Every week, VMG writers publish longform narrative journalism, and their work is regularly picked for Longform. Here are three recent favorites:
Millionaires Clash Over Shadyside Mansion
Terrence McCoy • Houston Press
Joe Arridy Was the Happiest Man on Death Row
Alan Prendergast • Westword
A White Buffalo’s Death Breeds Suspicion and Lies
Brantley Hargrove • Dallas Observer
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A profile of the deadliest sniper in American history, who was murdered last month by a fellow soldier.
Conspiracy theories, utopian fantasies, and cult involvement surrounding the international standard of musical tuning.