Wednesday, June 19


Serena Williams: The Great One

The best women’s tennis player of all-time opens up.

Longform Podcast #46: Nicholas Schmidle

Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"I was in a taxi, leaving Karachi to go attend this festival, and we started getting these very disturbing phone calls from newspaper reporters that didn't exist, all of them asking me to meet them at various places in Karachi. I had read enough about the Daniel Pearl case to know what happened in the days leading up, and this was very similar. ... We kept driving towards the festival, and shortly after that, friends started calling. They were watching local television, and it was being reported that 'Nicholas Shamble,' editor of Smithsonian Magazine, had been kidnapped. And I was like, 'All right, I get the hint.'"

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Show Notes »

The Price of Loyalty in Syria

On living in Syria as an Alawite loyalist.


Missing Michael Hastings

A eulogy for the journalist.

Tuesday, June 18


Shutter Madness

On photographer Garry Winogrand and the unedited archive of more than half a million exposures he left behind.


The Graduate

On navigating the New York media world as a young journalist.


The Whaleboat

“When I look at Mr. McCreery’s boat… I know that life is wild, dangerous, beautiful.”



Among the Sasquatch-searchers.

Monday, June 17


Contest of Words

High school debate and the demise of public speech.



Inside the world of high-priced online reputation management.


The Prism

“As a matter of historical analysis, the relationship between secrecy and privacy can be stated in an axiom: the defense of privacy follows, and never precedes, the emergence of new technologies for the exposure of secrets. In other words, the case for privacy always comes too late.”