Friday, July 19


The Last Executioner

The mysterious life and death of Dow B. Hover, the man who ran New York’s electric chair.


Makers of War

How a corporate network engineer became one of Aleppo’s most prolific weapons manufacturers.

Thursday, July 18


A Life-or-Death Situation

How a bioethicist’s field of study—suicide, euthanasia, a dignified death—”turned unbearably personal.”

Wednesday, July 17


Jahar's World

The multiple lives of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


Fu Fighters

Whitewater rafting down a Chilean river with a movie star and the Kennedys.


Adventures of a Man of Science

On literary manifestos, long-distance reading, and the egg of death.

Longform Podcast #50: Edith Zimmerman

Edith Zimmerman is the founding editor of The Hairpin and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine.

"I never wrote anything myself or ran anything from other people that was needlessly negative. It wasn't some false grin plastered all over it — we addressed dark things too, and poked fun at things. But I didn't want there to ever be a tone of yeah, let's really just deflate this. Because ultimately you're just stabbing at a ghost among friends. And then at the end you've all just fallen on the floor and the ghost is gone. You're not really doing anything constructive."

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Show Notes »

Marooned at the End of the World

In 1913, a ship carrying 31 explorers got stuck in the Arctic ice, hundreds of miles from civilization. The leader left to carry on the expedition. Others stuck with the boat. Help wouldn’t come for a year.


The Ghosts of Emmett Till

Jurors from the Emmett Till trial revisit the case 50 years later.

Tuesday, July 16


The Percentages: A Biography of Class

A personal history of class in America.


Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America

A profile of the writer behind “Deep Thoughts” on Saturday Night Live.