Thursday, August 23

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Fear of a Black President

The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.

Wednesday, August 22

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The Woman in 606

The aftermath of a stranger’s death and the puzzle of psychosis.

Longform Podcast #3: David Grann

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"You don't always know all the answers. I think that's what kinda makes life interesting. The thing that makes these stories real, while they are in some ways unfathomable, [is that] there's an uneasiness of certitude. Because there are things that are not always known, there are elements of doubt, and that can be very haunting ... In some of the stories, you get as close as you can to all you know—and then there are parts that elude you."

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From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader

On a former Louisiana preacher who converted to Atheism.

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How Lester Bangs Taught Me to Read

The rock critic’s lasting impact.

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Brian Eno: A Sandbox In Alphaville

A previously unpublished, 20,000-word interview with Eno.

Tuesday, August 21

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The Archipelago of Arrogance

A meditation on the “out-and-out confrontational confidence of the totally ignorant.”

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Killing for God

Ervil LeBaron, the Mormon Manson, terrorized Mexico’s Mormon compounds, ordering the killing of enemies and relatives alike. Even after he was captured, followers continued treat the “Hit List” he left behind as the word of God.

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Guns 'R Us

A report from Sprague’s Sports, a firearms emporium in Yuma, Arizona.

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The White Album

“I am talking here about a time when I began to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition but one I found troubling.”

Monday, August 20

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Earthly Concerns

The secretive financial behemoth that is the American Catholic Church.

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Please God Stop the Rain

The day Hurricane Irene nearly drowned Prattsville, New York.