Sunday, January 19


Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?

To his friends and family, Ross Ulbricht was a compassionate, warm soul known for random acts of kindness. To the F.B.I., he was Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind behind the Silk Road who was willing to order hits to protect his black market operation.


Going the Distance

A profile of Barack Obama as he turns toward the finish line.

Saturday, January 18


"Hoop Dreams": An Oral History

Twenty years after its premiere, the filmmakers and subjects look back at “the great American documentary.”

Friday, January 17


The Campaign That Rocked Washington

An unlikely bipartisan alliance attempts to get Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


This Is What It’s Like to Be at War With Your Body

One man’s quest to have a healthy leg amputated.


Darkness in August

“There is only one given: On the afternoon of August 16, a 22-year-old from Australia named Christopher Lane, who had come to America to go to college and play baseball, went out running and, without warning or knowing why, was shot to death in Duncan.”


The Writer and the Puzzle: Richard Ben Cramer Couldn't Crack A-Rod

On the legendary journalist and the book he never finished.

Thursday, January 16


Is This Thing On?

Why audio never goes viral.


Runner, Interrupted

What happens when a runner loses his feet?


The First 48 Makes Millions Off Imprisoning Innocents

What happened when 21-year-old Taiwan Smart became the target of both police and a reality TV show.


Here Comes Everybody

What accounts for the gender gap in literary criticism?

Wednesday, January 15

Longform Podcast #75: George Saunders

George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December.

"Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I'll find human beings, I'll find human interest, I'll find literature. And I guess you could argue the weirder, or maybe the less explored the place, the better."

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