Thursday, May 15

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Wednesday, May 14

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Changing Times

A profile of Jill Abramson from her first weeks as executive editor of The New York Times.

Longform Podcast #92: Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison has written for The Believer, Harper's and The New York Times. Her latest book is The Empathy Exams.

"I sort of love imagining a small army of 22-year-old men who are just like, 'Fuck that book, I wish it was never published.'"

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

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The Devil's Bait

Exploring the riddle of Morgellons disease: sufferers feel things crawling under their skin and hardly anyone believes them.

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Big Water

The California Dream is made possible by old water and big water. Unfortunately, the former doesn’t care about us, and the latter’s running dry.

Tuesday, May 13

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The Long Ride to Riyadh

Taking a taxi across the Saudi desert.

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On A Norwegian Tragedy and 2083: A European Declaration of Independence

The writings of Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik are a copy-and-paste hodgepodge of “jeremiads against the scourge of cultural theory, lists of atrocities perpetuated by Muslims, and pages of derision of ‘female sluts,’ but also Wikipedia articles about sugar beet farming and investment tips.”

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The Undefeated Champions of Defeat City

A Little League season in Camden, New Jersey, where the murder rate is 17 times the national average.

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The Cello Courier

Transporting an instrument after a death in the family.

Monday, May 12

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Schooled

Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.