Thursday, February 27


The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass

An undercover cop targets an autistic teen as a drug dealer.


Wednesday, February 26


The Allman Brothers Story

A 16-year-old journalist goes on tour with a band on top. The article that inspired Almost Famous.


The Murders Before the Marathon

A triple homicide, the alleged involvement of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, and those caught up in the FBI’s ongoing investigation.

Longform Podcast #81: Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits.

"Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is all you get these days before the jig is up. ... Unless, like Barbara Ehrenreich, you legally change your name. I was not quite prepared to go that far."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

The Plot From Solitary

How four prisoners in solitary confinement launched the largest hunger strike in American history.


All About Eve—and Then Some

A profile of Eve Babitz – muse, writer, LA party girl.

Tuesday, February 25


Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine

On the dueling propagandists of Kiev and Moscow.


James Is a Girl

The strange life of a 15-year-old model.


American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

“Too much is being asked of the Delta.”


The Most Thrilling Boring Game In The Universe

Trying to understand the appeal of Eve Online.

Monday, February 24


How Much My Novel Cost Me

An essay on how to turn a sizable book advance into a sizable debt.