Wednesday, April 30


Love and Death in the Cape Fear Serpentarium

Some passions are more dangerous than others.

Longform Podcast #90: Susan Dominus

Susan Dominus is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine.

"A lot of reporting is really just hanging around and not going home until something interesting happens."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

Dirty Water: The Story of the Standells

A tour with the Stones, an appearance on The Munsters, and a song about “how Boston is a shit hole.”


Tuesday, April 29


Whitewood Under Siege

The controversy-filled world of shipping pallets.


The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?

Policing the world of experimental research in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.


A Libertarian Utopia

At a high-profile Libertarian conference, everyone agrees government should be smaller, but what should replace it is much more contested.

Monday, April 28


This Man Is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case

“Which is how, despite the drinking, the stealing, the racist outburst, the abysmal courtroom performance, the disbarment, and the ultimate imprisonment of his lead attorney, an intellectually disabled man has ended up on the verge of execution.”


The Istanbul Derby

A trip to Turkey for a soccer game between bitter rivals and its accompanying madness.


Mr. Mike's America

A cross-country drive with Michael O'Donoghue, the first head writer of Saturday Night Live.

Previously: The Longform Guide to SNL.

Sunday, April 27



A reclusive hacker wages a shadow war against payday loan cyber-extortioners.