Friday, December 13

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Missing American in Iran Was on Unapproved Mission

What the CIA really knew about Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in 2007.

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Inside the Rainbow Gulag

The unraveling of Lisa Frank, Inc.

Thursday, December 12

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The Deadly Sins/Sloth; Nearer, My Couch, to Thee

Adventures in acedia, from Aquinas to Bartleby.

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Interview: Spike Jonze

“How much money do you make? And do you shave your pubic hair?”

Wednesday, December 11

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Apocalypse, New Jersey

A dispatch from Camden, “America’s most desperate town.”

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Jesus Raves

New York’s Pastor Parker and his growing string of Liberty Churches, each of which will “adopt the culture of its neighborhood.”

Longform Podcast #72: Andrew Leland

Andrew Leland is an editor at The Believer and hosts The Organist

"I think a good editor has a strong stomach for crazy assholes. Because often crazy assholes are really brilliant great writers."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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Home of the Whopper

Fast-food workers, the minimum wage, and a future served by robot labor.

Tuesday, December 10

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There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

A battle against an invasive breed of ants has begun in Texas. It also might be over already.

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The Nastiest Injury in Sports

On the history, science, and rise of ACL tears.

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Where It Hurts

On director Steve McQueen and his film 12 Years a Slave.

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I Spent a Month Living In A Romanian Sexcam Studio

Life on the other side of the laptop.