Friday, October 12

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An argument for outing a notorious message board member: “Under Reddit logic, outing Violentacrez is worse than anonymously posting creepshots of innocent women, because doing so would undermine Reddit’s role as a safe place for people to anonymously post creepshots of innocent women. I am OK with that.”

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Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian launches an ambitious campaign.
Longform Podcast #11: Joshuah Bearman

Joshuah Bearman discusses "The Great Escape," his article about a CIA operation in Iran that became the basis for the new film Argo.

"We were sitting there and we were like, 'This would be perfect for George Clooney.' And it very quickly in fact turned out that George Clooney wanted it. So not long after David and I had been having our daydream, we had this project that Clooney had taken quickly into the empyrean heights of Hollywood."

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A strange, ongoing property battle among the richest of Texans.

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How a couple made millions on uncanny forgeries.

Thursday, October 11

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The last men who ride the rails, “where silence and lawlessness still reign.”

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Meet Kareem Ahmed, the President’s reclusive bankroller.

Wednesday, October 10

Longform Podcast #10: Chris Jones (Live)

Chris Jones (Live in Romania)

Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones before a live audience in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian magazine Decât o Revistă.

"It just feels good to fucking win ... If you want to say 'Let's get rid of [journalism awards],' no problem. But if they exist, I want to win them. Just because I won two—I know Gary Smith has won four. I want five. Unless Gary Smith wins five, and then I want six. That's just how I work. And maybe that's a terrible, competitive, creepy thing. But journalism is competitive."

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A Javanese shrine where Muslim pilgrims seeking good fortune must peform a ritual: find a stranger, have sex with them.

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Unraveling the layers of upstate New York’s most reclusive community.

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In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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How one woman is monitoring the jihadi network from a home office in Montana.