Thursday, November 21

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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?

Wednesday, November 20

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Stuxnet's Secret Twin

A technical explanation of the real program to sabotage Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Longform Podcast #69: Rachel Aviv

Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"If I'm writing about the criminal justice system, I wish I were a lawyer. If I'm writing about psychiatry, I wish I were a psychiatrist. I have often filled out half my application to get a Ph.D in clinical psychology. That is one area where I am constantly on the verge of jumping the fence. But even when I wrote about religion, I thought I wanted to be a priest."

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What It's Like to Fail

How a comedy writer making $300,000 a year ended up homeless.

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How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

How our memories become contaminated by inaccuracies.

Tuesday, November 19

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Ghost Cat

On the mountain lions of Los Angeles.

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Inside the One-Man Intelligence Unit That Exposed the Secrets and Atrocities of Syria's War

A profile of Eliot Higgins, whose blog, Brown Moses, has become required reading at intelligence agencies, human rights organizations, and news outlets around the world.

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Shelter From The Storm

The inside story of Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks.

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The Truly Paranoid Style in American Politics

A tour of our greatest conspiracy theories.

Monday, November 18

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Auto Correct

The long road to Google’s self-driving car.

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The Life and Death of Juliano Mer-Khamis

On the assassination of a half-Palestinian, half-Jewish cultural revolutionary.

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Doris Lessing: The Art of Fiction No. 102

INTERVIEWER: I imagine that people try to set you up as some sort of guru, whether political or metaphysical.

LESSING: I think people are always looking for gurus. It’s the easiest thing in the world to become a guru. It’s quite terrifying.