Wednesday, September 18

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Eat, Pray, Love, Get Rich, Write a Novel No One Expects

A profile of Elizabeth Gilbert, whose bestselling memoir may have sunk her literary career.

Tuesday, September 17

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Mysteries of Thoreau, Unsolved

On dirty laundry and the meaning of freedom.

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19: The True Story of the Yarnell Fire

The Granite Mountain Hotshots, an outfit of professional wildland firefighters, had 20 members. On June 30, 19 of them lost their lives.

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Inside the National Suicide Hotline

Trying to prevent the next tragedy.

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On Philly Schools

“It is overwhelmingly young people of color, and those who work in their schools, who will bear the brunt of these closings and witness the worst effects of the budget cuts. Over the last six months, the SDP and the state of Pennsylvania have decided, again and again, that this is acceptable.”

Monday, September 16

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Conflict Minerals

“Turns out your laptop—or camera or gaming system or gold necklace—may have a smidgen of Congo’s pain somewhere in it.”

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"A Town Destroyed for What Two People Did"

One year later, a dispatch from Steubenville.

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Coronado High

How a group of hippie surfers and a former Spanish teacher built the largest weed-smuggling empire on the West Coast.

Previously: Bearman discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.

Sunday, September 15

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Why Is Zambia So Poor?

“The only thing I’m able to conclude after my trip here is that it’s incredibly difficult for a poor country to go about getting un-poor.”

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Leifland

On a group of women whose lives were forever altered by the Leif Garrett episode of Behind the Music.

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A Teacher and Her Student

An interview with novelist Marilynne Robinson, conducted by a graduating student.