Thursday, September 6

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The governor of Arkansas, profiled.

Wednesday, September 5

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“It was creepy to wake up violently in the middle of the night. It was creepier when no one could tell me why it was happening.”

Longform Podcast #5: Paul Ford

Paul Ford is a writer and programmer.

"You don't really read a newspaper to preserve journalism, or save great journalism, or to keep the newspaper going. You read it because it gives you a sense of power or control over the environment that you're in, and actually sort of helps you define what your personal territory is, and what the things are that matter for you. As long as products serve that need—as long as books allow you to explore spaces that it's otherwise really hard for you to explore and so on—I think people will continue to read them."

Show Notes »
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An essay about phone dials and a response to the end of blogging.

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How Wall Street got addicted to trading at the speed of light.

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On the craft of reporting poverty.

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A profile of the cyclist by his former mechanic and assistant.

Tuesday, September 4

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An essay on African-American fatherhood.

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A profile of Griselda Blanco, aka the “Black Widow,” who pioneered the cocaine trade in New York and Miami.

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On JFK and the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

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In 1974,  a pair of four-year-old cousins wandered into the jungle near India’s border with Myanmar. The boy was found five days later, temporarily incapable of speech. The girl was gone. For decades, stories echoed through villages of a “wild-looking woman,” sometimes striding beside a tiger. Thirty-eight years later, she returned.