Thursday, August 9

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

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Fact-checking David Brooks.

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

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

Tuesday, August 7

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An essay on televangelists and a missing mother.

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Life inside a provincial Russian drug den. Originally appeared in Russky Reporter.

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A tech reporter tells the story of his ruined digital life.

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“What could possibly be funnier than depositing a perfectly ridiculous, obviously false, fake cheque?”

Monday, August 6

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The rise and fall of Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the most successful (and some say illegal) alternative currency in the U.S.

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A profile of wine critic Robert Parker.