Wednesday, January 8



Seventeen-year-old Israel Arenas Durán disappeared after being arrested near his home in Nuevo León. He is one of more than 25,000 who have gone missing in Mexico since 2006.



The art of shaping a magazine article.

Longform Podcast #74: Jon Mooallem

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Wild Ones and American Hippopotamus, the latest story from The Atavist.

"I'm terrible at writing nut graphs. I never know why people should keep reading. That's the menace of my professional existence, trying to figure that out. Because often you have to explain that to an editor before you even start, and I may not even know while I'm writing what the bigger point is."

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Show Notes »

Afro-Europe in the World Cup

How the children of African immigrants came to control the destiny of teams in France and Belgium and what it says about European identity.


How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

How and why the goverment pulled Silicon Valley into the war on terror.

Tuesday, January 7


Dear Charlie

The rocky career and enduring appeal of country legend Charlie Rich, “the missing link between Elvis Presley and Ray Charles.”


Glass, Darkly

An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”


Teresa McGovern: A Death in the Cold

“In all his life, this was the moment of his greatest defeat.” On the death of George McGovern’s daughter on a cold winter night in Madison, Wisconsin.

Monday, January 6


The World’s Best Bounty Hunter Is 4-Foot-11. Here’s How She Hunts.

The FBI couldn’t find Ryan Eugene Mullen. Neither could a trio of private investigators. Only Michelle Gomez knew where to look.


Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

How violent threats made online go unchecked.


Smokey and the Bandit

How Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, with a little help from the Bush Administration, got 140 trees chopped down in a national park to improve his view and ruined the life of a park ranger in the process.