Friday, January 25

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Sharecroppers of the Sea

Catch shares are touted by the government and environmental groups as the solution to overfishing. But for a new generation under the system, the economics consist mainly of "absentee landlords, brokers and bankers, [and] fish quota that costs more than your house."

Thursday, January 24

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Exit Interview: Timothy Geithner

The outgoing treasury secretary on his financial crisis regrets, putting policy before politics, and whether Washington will ever be able to strike a grand bargain.

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The Price of a Stolen Childhood

Calculating restitution for victims of child pornography.

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Hillary the Pol

“Hillary Clinton was never a shy person.”

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The Rules of the Game

A history of the Hollywood publicity racket.

Wednesday, January 23

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"I Will Ruin Him"

On being stalked in the age of the Internet.

Longform Podcast #25: Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"There's always the fear, which comes with having done it for a long time, that you're repeating yourself. That's actually a genuine concern—you worry that you're becoming an imitiation of yourself ... The funny thing is that you spend the first half of your career wanting desperately to have a voice that's distinctive and recognizable, then you go to the other side of that and think oh my god, all my stories sound the same."

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Could Cyril Ramaphosa Be the Best Leader South Africa Has Not Yet Had?

Twenty years ago, Ramaphosa was by Mandela’s side as apartheid ended and in line to become deputy president. He didn’t get the job. Now one of the richest men in Africa, he’s finally getting the chance.

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The Accidental Activist

On Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, who left Pro-Choice activism for born-again Christianity and a strange life of financial opportunism.

Tuesday, January 22

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Raiders of the Lost R2

Digging for Return of the Jedi set remnants in the desert.

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The Importance Of Being Francesa

On the cranky king of New York sports talk.