Wednesday, December 4

Longform Podcast #71: Jason Fagone

Jason Fagone, a contributing editor at Wired and a writer-at-large for Philadelphia, is the author of Ingenious.

"It seemed like all the big guys in American society had let us down, all the elites. And here was a contest that was explicitly looking to the little guy and saying, 'We don't care what you've done before or how much money you have in your pocket. If you solve this problem, you win the money.' There was something so optimistic and hopeful and cool about that to me."

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Susan Cox Is No Longer Here

One woman’s beautiful, strange, and troubling final days.

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All the News That’s Fit to Print Out

On the volunteer “Wikipedians” who devote their free time to editing Wikipedia.

Tuesday, December 3

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A Death at Tough Mudder

A profile of Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at the Walk the Plank obstacle during an endurance race last year.

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Capital STEEZ: King Capital

On the sudden death of an up-and-coming rapper.

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A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes

In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”

Monday, December 2

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Never Forget

Visiting Cambodia, and a Khmer Rouge prison camp, 30 years after the genocide.

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Chasing A-Rod

The war between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez, “fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.”

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The Passion of Dan Choi

He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.

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The Big Sleep

On Ambien and the search for the next blockbuster insomnia drug.

Sunday, December 1

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The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack

At 9:14pm on November 22, 1987, sportscaster Dan Roan was doing the Bears highlights on Chicago’s WGN-TV when the station’s signal was hijacked. Someone wearning a rubber Max Headroom mask appeared, silently, on TV screens around the city. A few hours later, Headroom popped up again on another channel, this time for longer and with audio. Despite FBI and FCC investigations, the case remains unsolved.

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The 40-Year Slump

How the American worker got screwed.