How amateur satellite aficionados track the U.S. government’s spy technology.
Friday, December 28
Aeon is a new digital magazine of ideas and culture, publishing an original essay every weekday. Just launched in September 2012, Aeon has already produced a slew of fascinating pieces, several of which have been featured on Longform. Here are three of the very best:
The Golden Age
John Quiggin on the 15-hour week.
The Vanishing Groves
Ross Andersen on seeing the history of the universe in tree rings.
Erik Davies on rehabilitating psychedelics.
Read those stories and more at aeonmagazine.com.
In 2003, a platoon of American soldiers opened fire on a family in a Baghdad intersection. A decade later, one of the shooters tracks down the survivors.
On the actors who unwittingly starred in The Innocence of Muslims.
Thursday, December 27
In 1945, a fire tore through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. Four children escaped; five vanished.
Wednesday, December 26
How Jerry Lee Lewis got away with murdering 25-year-old Shawn Michelle Stevens, his fifth wife.
Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, cocaine, and the making of The Blues Brothers.
The story of three friends from Texas and the obstacles they face trying to get a college degree in an age of economic inequality.
Tuesday, December 25
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Monday, December 24
A writer’s evolving relationship with guns.