Friday, December 20


Al Goldstein: The Anti-Hef

A profile of the publisher of Screw, who died this week.


The Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico’s Monkey Woman

An exploited celebrity’s long journey home.


Concealed Carry: How Utah Became America's Gun Permit Mill

A journey through America’s convoluted gun laws.

Thursday, December 19


Tyler Hadley's Killer Party

He murdered his parents. Then he threw a party.

Longform Podcast #73: Joe Sexton

Joe Sexton is a senior editor at ProPublica and a former reporter and editor at the New York Times, where he led the team that produced "Snow Fall."

"My experience in a newspaper newsroom over the years has been: The word you hear least often, the word that's hardest for people to say in that environment, is the word yes. It's safer to say no. You get second-guessed less often if you say no. Your job's not on the line if you say no. But if you're willing to say yes and you're willing to face the consequences of having said yes, then quite amazing things can happen."

Thanks to Random House and TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

The Welfare Queen

Ronald Reagan made Linda Taylor a notorious American villain. Her other sins were far worse.


Temporary Work, Lasting Harm

Asphyxiation, heavy machinery accidents and heat stroke–the dangers of America’s temporary workforce.

Wednesday, December 18


Searching For Mecca

Investigating the unsolved murder of Malcolm X’s grandson.


The Rhyme of History

On the echoes between the world leading up to World War I and our present international trajectory. Then, as globalization, nationalism, and radicalism converged, and tensions within the Balkans served as a spark. Today, conflicts in the Middle East, whose borders were mostly drawn in the wake of World War I, could play a similar role.