Friday, December 21

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David Pinchbeck and the New Psychedelic Elite

How the pop psychedelic author helped jumpstart the modern apocalypse movement after an alleged visit from “Quetzal-coatl, a mystical bird-serpent in Mayan myths.”

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Mississippi Drift

An ill-fated trip down the river with a group of anarchists.

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Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church

On the culture of misogyny and abuse at one of the nation’s largest megachurches.

Thursday, December 20

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Who’s Afraid Of Nichols & May?

Their partnership lasted a mere four years, but transformed comedy forever. Mike Nichols and Elaine may give their first joint interview since breaking up 51 years ago.

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Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up

“I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information. As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down. Reading that changed my life. I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage? Don’t I know how to do this already? The answer is no. You must keep doing it. The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop.”

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Dream Map to a Mind Seized

A mother on her autistic child’s progression and regression.

Wednesday, December 19

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Restless Genes

How the compulsion to explore is coded in the human genome.

Longform Podcast #21: Eli Sanders

Eli Sanders is an associate editor at The Stranger and the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

"There was one particular moment in the trial, which I described, where ... there was just not any human ability to be detached from what was happening in front of you, what was being shared. It was so painful, you could not help but cry, and there was no reason to deny that that moment had happened."

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Show Notes »
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The Doctor, the CIA, and the Blood of Bin Laden

The disappearance of the mysterious “Pakistani asset” that helped the CIA zero in on Bin Laden.

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Joy

On joy, pleasure and Ecstacy.