Saturday, July 25

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Inside the Family Battle for the Newman’s Own Brand Name

Paul Newman’s will held some unpleasant surprises for his daughters.

Friday, July 24

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52 Blue

The story of the loneliest whale in the world.

Leslie Jamison on the Longform Podcast.
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A Week In The Mysterious Sleeping Villages Of Kazakhstan

What is the sickness that leads inhabitants to sleep for days?

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Thirteen Months of Working, Eating and Sleeping at the Googleplex

Meet Ben Discoe, a programmer who did it from October 2011 to November 2012.

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Web Design: The First 100 Years

Right now, never-ending technological progress feels inevitable. It isn’t. And that’s a good thing. A talk on the future of the internet.

Thursday, July 23

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The Vegas Plot

Two ordinary Americans, inspired by right-wing extremism, plan to kidnap a cop.

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Comic Conman

The story of a lawyer-turned-money launderer, stolen evidence, and a bunch of comics selling at outrageously high prices at auction. And Mussolini.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Black Doom of Options"

An eviction notice causes a grotesque chain of events.

"Imogene grunted as she lifted the sledgehammer and again brought it down. She missed the knob and graced the door, taking some of the siding off it. She bent down and thrust the hammer at the spot. The wood gave away."

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Consider the Lobster

A trip to a lobster festival leads to an examination of the culinary and ethical dimensions of cooking a live, possibly sentient, creature.

Wednesday, July 22

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

The men who are trying to find out if wireless carjacking is possible.

Longform Podcast #150: Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times.

“Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you, and you’ll have to leave.’ I’m about three-quarters of the way there.”

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