Thursday, August 16

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Orchid Fever

The story of John Laroche, which led to Orleans’ The Orchid Thief, and tangentially, the film Adaptation.

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In the Shadow of Wounded Knee

How the Oglala Lakota healed from a massacre.

Wednesday, August 15

Longform Podcast #2: Janet Reitman

Janet Reitman is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of Inside Scientology.

"I'm very open about the fact that I know nothing ... Every reporter should admit you know nothing, and when you do, there will be people that will take pity on you, and try to teach you. And then you have to be shrewd enough to know who's spinning you, and who is being genuine."

Show Notes »
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Penis Rays, Self-Loathing and Psychic Voodoo

Autobiographical cartoonists on truth and lies.

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A Shock to the System

On getting a brain implant to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease.

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Obama vs. Poverty

As a young community organizer in Chicago, Barack Obama concluded that to make a real difference, he needed to gain power. A look at how that plan has worked thus far.

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A Dot-Com Bust

How the self-proclaimed “inventor of all things streaming” went from dot-com millionaire to crime ring accomplice.

Tuesday, August 14

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Capturing the Last Don

How Bernardo Provenzano, “boss of all bosses of the Sicilian Mafia” and fugitive for more than 40 years, got caught.

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Cigarettes and Alcohol: Andy Capp

“Reg Smythe was the greatest British newspaper strip cartoonist of the 20th Century – and second only to Peanuts’ Charles Schulz on a global scale. So why don’t we treat him that way?”

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Giant Size

Life when you’re seven feet tall.

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As Long As They Both Shall Live

Professional daredevils in love.

Monday, August 13

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Helenism

The life’s work of Cosmo editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown.