Friday, August 23

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My Name Is Not Robert

A case of mistaken identity and the incarceration of an innocent man.

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Sympathy for the Landlord

Renting in one of the most expensive American cities.

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D'Andre Brown's Basketball Dream

On not making the NBA.

Thursday, August 22

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The Line of Fire

How volunteer firefighters responded to a lethal West, Texas explosion.

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The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

Wednesday, August 21

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How The Light Gets Out

“In the computer age, it is not hard to imagine how a computing machine might construct, store and spit out the information that ‘I am alive, I am a person, I have memories, the wind is cold, the grass is green,’ and so on. But how does a brain become aware of those propositions? ”

Longform Podcast #56: Joshuah Bearman

Joshuah Bearman is the co-founder of Epic Magazine and a freelance writer. His latest story is "Coronado High."

"People who know me well will realize that parts of this story are actually about me. … It's about loss of innocence and getting to a certain point in your life where you realize the excitement of youth is over. Life at a certain point gets complicated and there are consequences and things get hard. These are people who dealt with those consequences in a way that I never did — they had to go to prison or destroy their friends lives — but that's what I liked about this story. It's a true crime story, but it became universal when I realized that there is this emotional experience that these characters go through that anybody can relate to."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Igloo Software for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Killing Machines

A briefing on drone warfare.

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Mailman at 72 With America’s Longest Route

On the job with America’s senior citizen letter carriers.

Tuesday, August 20

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The Cruelest Sport

“Professional boxing is the only major American sport whose primary, and often murderous, energies are not coyly deflected by such artifacts as balls and pucks.”