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Saturday, December 8

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Signifying Rappers

Inside North Dorcester’s RJam Productions studio, where Nate and Gary Smith churn out rap demos for $500/tape.

Friday, December 7

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Megan Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church: An heir to hate

The next generation of America’s most controversial (and likely most despised) church.

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Escape to Alcatraz

On prison tourism.

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Horrific Fire Revealed a Gap in Safety for Global Brands

The human lives lost in exchange for cheaper goods.

The Gene Weingarten Archive

The Gene Weingarten Archive

Legendary birthday clowns, tragically neglectful parents, and a dogged search for the armpit of America — Weingarten on Longform.

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Thursday, December 6

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2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten

An oral history of Freaks and Geeks.

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The Hells Angels' Devilish Business

How the biker gang makes money.

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Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder Brings Woman Agony, Not Ecstasy

Gretchen Molannen was perpetually aroused. She couldn’t work or sleep.

On December 1, the day after this story was published, she killed herself.

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Tinker To Evers To Chance ... To Me

The brilliant, tragic life of Hall of Fame second baseman Johnny Evers.

Wednesday, December 5

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Twelve Easy Pieces

On a business that sells packaged pre-sliced apples as snack food.

Longform Podcast #19: Choire Sicha

Choire Sicha is co-founder of The Awl.

"People come to me pretty much every week ... and say 'I'm starting a website about ... say ... Canadian ... candy makers' and they're like 'What's the secret?' And I say, the secret is when we launched there were three of us. Two of us were doing editorial. And one of was doing business. And guess what? We had a new product and he had nothing to do all day so he had to make himself a job that was about revenue. So, who is this dedicated person at your company? And they're like 'we're both editorial' and I'm like 'you're hosed, you're done, forget about it.'"

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