Wednesday, March 27

Longform Podcast #34: Molly Young

Molly Young is a freelance writer for GQ and New York.

"Writing a celebrity profile puts you in a position that no human being wants to be in: you are speaking with somebody, you know that they're lying to you, and you know that they know that they're lying to you. That's just the most humiliating position—it violates any human instinct for maintaining dignity."

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Show Notes »

Kickstart My Heart

On the Adderall days of college.


Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

A profile of organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who argues that the key to success comes from helping others.


The Power of Swarms

On the new science of collective behavior.

Tuesday, March 26


Our Band Could Be Your Band

How the Brooklynization of culture killed regional music scenes.


Life, Death, and Free Culture in the Mission

On Ilya Zhitomirskiy, an idealistic young developer who committed suicide 18 months after founding Diaspora, his well-publicized, open-source alternative to Facebook.


My Gucci Addiction

How the author of Friday Night Lights spent more than half a million dollars over three years on “eighty-one leather jackets, seventy-five pairs of boots, forty-one pairs of leather pants, thirty-two pairs of haute couture jeans, ten evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves.”


The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox

Inside the most sensational murder in the history of study abroad.


We Aren’t the World

New research upends ideas about culture’s impact on how our brains our wired.

Monday, March 25


The Centroid

On a little-known statistic that tracks the movement of America’s population by searching for its balance point.


The Dwarves of Auschwitz

How the Ovitzs, a family of Jewish dwarves from Transylvania, survived Auschwitz.



Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman were young and in love and pregnant and partial to heroin and living in a Village apartment with a lot of heavy weaponry lying about. Then they were arrested, and their stories started to change.