Thursday, August 8


Death of A Ballplayer

Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers. Instead he was convicted–wrongly–of first-degree murder and spent the next 27 years in prison.

Wednesday, August 7


Boys and Girls

On the attempt to rehabilitate Afghanistan’s child jihadis.


The Wizard Of Kabul

How a Peace Corps volunteer turned a high school basketball squad into Afghanistan’s national team.

Longform Podcast #54: Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a GQ correspondent and National Magazine Award winner.

"I find it satisfying to be able to give a voice to people that sort of get lost…You know, when these big horrible things happen, and the spotlight is very briefly on them, and then it moves away, and it's not that I'm dragging them out and forcing them to 'Relive your horrible moments!' It's more a thing of, 'If you'd like to relive your horrible moment, if you want people to know what actually happened, talk to me. I will tell your story.'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and the The Literary Reportage concentration at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In

Women who left their careers to be stay-at-home mothers reflect on the decision ten years later.

Tuesday, August 6


The Confessions of Innocent Men

Unpacking a false confession 20 years later.


Nuke the Cat!

Script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules of blockbuster screenwriting.


How Much Is a Life Worth?

A profile of Ken Feinberg, lawyer who specializes in determining compensation after tragedies and disasters.

Monday, August 5


The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

The Mennonite women of the Manitoba Colony would awake with blood and semen stains, dried grass in their hair, and tiny bits of rope on their wrists and ankles. Their rapists, armed with a veterinary tranquilizer converted to spray form, were eight young men from their own community.


Great Guns

The author, who died last week, tells the story of his guns.