Monday, March 24


Sinkhole of Bureaucracy

In an old mine an hour north of Pittsburgh, 600 federal employees manage paperwork for the government’s retirement system. By hand. On paper. Without computers. The same exact way they always have.



What caused the worst shipping disaster in maritime history?


Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?

On the post-prison lives of several men in West Baltimore.


Sacred and Profane

On the FBI's failed negotiations with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco.

Previously: Malcolm Gladwell on the Longform Podcast.

Sunday, March 23


In the Jungle

How legends of the American music industry made millions off the work of Solomon Linda, a Zulu tribesman who wrote “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and died a pauper.


For Jared Remy, Leniency Was the Rule Until One Lethal Night

The son of a Red Sox legend, his trail of violent attacks runs back to his teen years. So does the line of judges who somehow saw fit, time and again, to give him one more chance. Now he’s on trial for murder.


Flying Upside Down

An engineering team races to create a next-generation computer.

The first installment of The Soul of a New Machine.

Saturday, March 22


'On Va Tuer Les Demons' ('We Will Kill the Demons')

On children accused of sorcery in Congo.


Pixel and Dimed

On (not) getting by in the gig economy.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Birthday Cake"

A forgotten birthday cake sets off a chain of unexpected events.

For a daily short story recommendation from our editors, check Longform Fiction or follow @longformfiction on Twitter.


The Man Who Loves To Hate

On Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died this week.

Friday, March 21