A profile of Richard and Karen Carpenter.
Friday, February 8
An 88-year-old woman is taken from her Wisconsin farmhouse. Inside the investigation to find her.
Thursday, February 7
Our sponsor again this week is Aeon, a great new digital magazine covering ideas and culture. Aeon publishes an original essay every weekday, several of which have been picked for Longform. Here are three recent favorites:
No Drama, King Obama, by Edward L. Fox
In Javanese culture, a ruler must stand chivalrously above strife: cool, intelligent and self-contained. Sound familiar?
Mortal Remains, by Thomas Lynch
The dead are no longer welcome at their own funerals. So how can the living send them on their way?
Animal Spirits, by Stephen T. Asma
The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence.
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Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show’s thrilling, scary, inept performance on German television.
Wednesday, February 6
Joshua Topolsky is editor-in-chief of The Verge.
"Sometimes you tell stories that people don't know they need to read yet. You have to keep telling those kinds of stories, and eventually people will wake up to them. Of course we look at traffic. But the main thing is, are we doing good work? At the end of the week or the end of the day, do I think, that was awesome, I'm really glad we wrote that?"
Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!
On meterologic obsession, making weather, and very powerful storms.
Tuesday, February 5
Throughout their troubled lives, identical twins William and Chris Cormier shared a preternatural bond. Then the body of a Florida journalist ended up in their backyard.