Saturday, October 12



A visit to the massive Northern California surf break.

Friday, October 11


The Marathon of Their Lives

Two very different fates at the Chicago Marathon.


4chan Camgirl Loli-chan Grows Up

What happened to “one of maybe 20 girls who became famous in the mid-’00s for posting photos of themselves on image boards.”


The Secrets of Bezos

What it’s like to work for, compete against, and find out you’re the biological father of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. An excerpt from The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.

Thursday, October 10


The Obama Administration and the Press

The White House’s unprecedented crackdown on reporters.


Alice Munro: The Art of Fiction No. 137

“I think I knew that at heart I was an aging spinster.”

Wednesday, October 9

Longform Podcast #63: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson, a contributor to This American Life, The Guardian and GQ, is the author of six books, including The Men Who Stare at Goats. His latest is Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries.

"The older you get, you realize that no uncomfortable fact makes your story worse. Contradictions are great. What's bad, what to me is the worst journalistic sin, is ridiculous polemicism. ... To me, the contradictions, the story not turning out the way you want—you have to be a twig in the tidal wave of the story."

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Show Notes »

The Ghost of Speedy Cannon

How race and recollection still frame an Alabama football fatality 40 years later.


Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago

How Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars.

Tuesday, October 8


The Andrew Wylie Rules

An interview with the literary agent about the state of the book industry and how, at least for him, it continues to be quite lucrative.


Failure Is Not an Option

A decorated college track coach, forced to resign because of an affair she had with a athlete 10 years before, fights back.