Friday, September 13

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Longform Fiction Pick: "Late Night"

Recounting an appearance on Letterman.

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Virginia Larzelere: Sentenced to Death for a Murder She Didn't Commit

How a series of lies and an incompetent lawyer led to a Florida woman’s wrongful conviction.

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The End of Kindness: Weev and the Cult of the Angry Young Man

The prevalence of online threats against women and why the people who make them go unpunished.

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Meet the Overwhelmed Psychiatrist in the World’s Happiest Country

A profile of Chencho Dorji, Bhutan’s first psychiatrist, who has treated “more than 5,300 depressed, anxious, psychotic and drug-addled” people since 1999.

Thursday, September 12

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Blockbusters

From bombs to a boxer, variations on a name.

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The President and the Pipeline

How the Keystone XL became the defining environmental test of Obama’s presidency.

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Ditto Boys

On Westmont College, a “feeder school” to the upper ranks of the Christian conservative movement.

Wednesday, September 11

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Beso de los Exoticos

On lucha libre’s exóticos, “wrestlers who dress in drag and kiss their rivals, never quite revealing whether the joke is on their opponents, themselves or conservative Mexican society at large.”

Longform Podcast #59: Nancy Jo Sales

Nancy Jo Sales writes for Vanity Fair and is the author of The Bling Ring.

"I'm a mom now, so my life's a little different. I can't do certain things that I used to do, and I won't, because they're dangerous or ridiculous or keep me out till five in the morning or whatever. But back in those days, I didn't even have a pet. This was everything I did. This was my whole life, this passion to find out these things, and do these things, and see these things, and have these adventures and be able to report about this street life that rarely gets talked about. I just didn't really have a lot of boundaries in those days. I don't think I had any, really. And if you really throw yourself into something, you can get a great story. You can also not have a life of your own."

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Prep-School Gangsters

“They cruise the city in chauffeured cars, blasting rap, selling pot to classmates. How some of New York’s richest kids joined forces with some of its poorest.”