Saturday, April 5


Back in the Day

On Michael Jackson’s talent.

Friday, April 4


“U Want Me 2 Kill Him?”

A teenager orchestrates his own attempted murder via an Internet chatroom.


U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest

An investigation into the ill-fated text messaging platform ZunZuneo.


The New Face of Heroin

A dispatch from Vermont, which is in the midst of what the governor calls a “full-blown heroin crisis.”

Thursday, April 3


The Early David Letterman 1967-1980

“Every Sunday at my house … we watched The Ed Sullivan Show…. Whether we enjoyed it or not. That was my first lesson in show business. I don’t think anybody in the house particularly enjoyed it. We just watched it. Maybe that’s the purpose of television. You just turn it on and watch it whether you want to or not.”


The Traitor

The case against Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel.


A Q&A With A Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

How do you sell a $3000 vacuum?


Just Cheer, Baby

The cheerleader who sued the Raiders for failure to pay minimum wage.


Who's Behind Newsweek?

The secretive group that owns the venerable magazine.

Wednesday, April 2


Up, and Away

The author goes in search of his father’s days as a member of an elite club of sport parachutists.

Longform Podcast #86: Mattathias Schwartz

Mattathias Schwartz has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper's.

"I figure it's like digging through a wall with a spoon: if you spend enough time at it eventually you get to the other side."

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