Wednesday, March 19


The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence

In Harpersville, Alabama, a traffic violation can lead to months in jail and a never-ending stint in a work-release program – what some refer to as a modern-day debtors’ prison.

Longform Podcast #84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.

"I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that result in really bad actions. My lack of outrage actually is one of the things that probably helps me in my reporting because I really am propelled by this pure curiosity. ... I just want to know, 'Where did that come from?'"

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Show Notes »

The Devil and the Art Dealer

On the discovery of a billion dollars worth of artwork looted by Nazis in the cramped apartment of a Munich recluse.


Anatomy of a Commercial Interruption

A filmmaker goes to court to fight the television commercial break.

Tuesday, March 18



Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive—and perhaps of all time—back away from his art to open a construction business?

Previously: Jason Fagone on the Longform Podcast.


The Secret World of Fast Fashion

How Korean immigrants in L.A. revolutionized fashion’s production cycle.


Inside the Milk Machine

“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation.”

Monday, March 17


Inside Baseball

The Giants' miraculous 1951 comeback wasn't all that it seemed.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Cheaters.


Hey Mama

A son interviews his mother about language and love in the South.


One More Time

Why we love repetition in music.