Saturday, December 14


Show Dog

“If I were a bitch, I’d be in love with Biff Truesdale. Biff is perfect. He’s friendly, good-looking, rich, famous, and in excellent physical condition. He almost never drools.”

Friday, December 13


Missing American in Iran Was on Unapproved Mission

What the CIA really knew about Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in 2007.


Inside the Rainbow Gulag

The unraveling of Lisa Frank, Inc.

Thursday, December 12


The Deadly Sins/Sloth; Nearer, My Couch, to Thee

Adventures in acedia, from Aquinas to Bartleby.


Interview: Spike Jonze

“How much money do you make? And do you shave your pubic hair?”

Wednesday, December 11


Apocalypse, New Jersey

A dispatch from Camden, “America’s most desperate town.”


Jesus Raves

New York’s Pastor Parker and his growing string of Liberty Churches, each of which will “adopt the culture of its neighborhood.”

Longform Podcast #72: Andrew Leland

Andrew Leland is an editor at The Believer and hosts The Organist

"I think a good editor has a strong stomach for crazy assholes. Because often crazy assholes are really brilliant great writers."

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Show Notes »

Home of the Whopper

Fast-food workers, the minimum wage, and a future served by robot labor.

Tuesday, December 10


There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

A battle against an invasive breed of ants has begun in Texas. It also might be over already.


The Nastiest Injury in Sports

On the history, science, and rise of ACL tears.