Friday, January 10


My Mother’s Lover

From her deathbed, the author’s mother revealed a secret she had kept for 60 years: her true love was not his father, but a man named Angus Zahrt. On his ensuing search for the full story.

Thursday, January 9


The Steroid Hunt

What baseball writers did during the steroid era.


The Innocent and the Damned

Allegations of child sexual and Satanic ritual abuse overtake an Austin suburb.


Wilderness Women

The wild competition to be “worshipped” by Alaska’s most eligible bachelors.


America, Your Food Is So Gay

The gay influence on American cooking.


Wednesday, January 8



Seventeen-year-old Israel Arenas Durán disappeared after being arrested near his home in Nuevo León. He is one of more than 25,000 who have gone missing in Mexico since 2006.



The art of shaping a magazine article.

Longform Podcast #74: Jon Mooallem

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Wild Ones and American Hippopotamus, the latest story from The Atavist.

"I'm terrible at writing nut graphs. I never know why people should keep reading. That's the menace of my professional existence, trying to figure that out. Because often you have to explain that to an editor before you even start, and I may not even know while I'm writing what the bigger point is."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

Afro-Europe in the World Cup

How the children of African immigrants came to control the destiny of teams in France and Belgium and what it says about European identity.


How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

How and why the goverment pulled Silicon Valley into the war on terror.

Tuesday, January 7


Dear Charlie

The rocky career and enduring appeal of country legend Charlie Rich, “the missing link between Elvis Presley and Ray Charles.”