On the history of masturbation.
Wednesday, August 6
Tuesday, August 5
Louis Scarcella was a star New York City detective in the ’80s and ’90s, cracking cases no one else could. Now it appears that many of the people he put away were innocent, forced into false confessions and convicted with testimony from flimsy witnesses. Scarcella maintains that he did nothing wrong, despite evidence against him much stronger than in many of his cases.
Previously: Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast.
Monday, August 4
On the coast of Abu Dhabi, gilded outposts of the Louvre, the Guggenheim and New York University are being built by foreign workers who cannot leave and are paid half of what they were promised.
In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters. The case hinged on the testimony of a jailhouse informant named Johnny E. Webb. Today, Webb says he lied.
Previously: "Trial By Fire," David Grann's 2009 article on the Willingham case.
What U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has seen in Russia since he arrived two and a half years ago.
Sunday, August 3
A profile of celebrity cat Lil BUB and the man who was contemplating bankruptcy before he found her.
Barack Obama on Africa, Putin and the gap between what CEOs tell him over lunch and what they tell their lobbyists.
Saturday, August 2
An excerpt from Murakami's forthcoming novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.