Friday, August 10

Avatar_57x57

The rise and fall of Mickey the Pope, the founder of a New York City marijuana delivery business.

Avatar_57x57

The story of Donald Smaltz, an independent prosecutor run amok.

Avatar_57x57

An examination of the funeral industry.

Avatar_57x57

A profile of Merle Haggard.

Thursday, August 9

Avatar_57x57

“For the first few days after the surgery, it was difficult to separate out my newly implanted sense from the bits of pain and sensation created by the trauma of having the magnet jammed in my finger.”

Avatar_57x57
Avatar_57x57

On Mitt Romney’s top strategist—a steroid-dabbling, screenwriting bon vivant.

Avatar_57x57

Fact-checking David Brooks.

Avatar_57x57

Suicide-by-subway, and how the dead haunt the living.

Wednesday, August 8

Longform Podcast #1: Matthieu Aikins

Matthieu Aikins, on the eve of a move to Kabul. Aikins is a correspondent for GQ, Harper's and Wired.

"There's no real objective framework for deciding what the value of your life is, versus the value of a story ... Especially when you go to places where people are getting killed for the silliest reasons, and a life is worth so little, you realize you don't necessarily have to value yourself as this, like, precious commodity that can't be risked in any way. And that's just a personal choice, and it's actually a very selfish one, because obviously, if you have loved ones, you're affecting them by making that choice. In any case, it's just a different headspace that you inhabit."

Show Notes »
Avatar_57x57

June 4, 1974: the first and last 10-cent beer night in Cleveland Indians history.

Avatar_57x57

On the Calorie Restriction movement, the scientifically-supported belief that the key to a very long life is to eat as little as possible.