Saturday, August 31

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City of the Lost

Life inside Za’atari, a camp for Syrian refugees just across the Jordanian border, where “the dispossession is absolute. Everyone has lost his country, his home, his equilibrium. Most have lost a family member or a friend. What is left is a kind of theatrical pride, the necessary performance of will.”

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A Solution From Hell

A history of humanitarian intervention.

Friday, August 30

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The Meaning of Work

Chris, a 25-year-old black man, tries to get a good job.

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Tommy Morrison's Latest Big Fight

In search of the former boxing champ, who refuses to believe he has HIV.

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Chemical Warfare in Syria

“At first, there is only a little sound, a metallic ping, almost a click.”

Thursday, August 29

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'F--- Rap, Laying Back Eating Poutine'

Three days on road with former chef and current rap eccentric Action Bronson.

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The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement

Meet Alan Chambers, former leader of Exodus International–a “pray the gay away” ministry.

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Curses! The Birth of the Bleep and Modern American Censorship

From the proto-bleep to meta-bleep: how the US government protects us from the profane.

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Gibbeted

On the hanging of James Murphy, murderer.

Wednesday, August 28

Longform Podcast #57: Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow is a staff writer at the Washington Post and a contributor at ESPN the Magazine.

"It's not really my place to complain about it being hard for me to write. I wrote the story ("After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonely Quiet") and I got to leave it. And even when I was writing the story, I was only experiencing what they were experiencing in a super fractional way. The hard part is that it was a story where there are no breaks, there's no—it is this relentless, sort of bottomless pain and I struggled with that. … A story can only have so many crushing moments, otherwise they just all wash out. But the other truth is: it is what it is. It's an impossibly heartbreaking situation. And making the story anything other than relentlessly heartbreaking would've been doing an injustice to what they're dealing with."

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