Wednesday, April 22

Longform Podcast #138: Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek.

“Nigeria is a deeply sexist country. It can be difficult for people to take you seriously. But that also has its benefits, because it’s very easy to disarm your subjects. If I’m interviewing people who underestimate me, I can get them to open up because they somehow think that I’m naïve or I don’t know what I’m doing. So I don’t mind if some sexist general or banker thinks I’m this young little student who doesn’t know what she’s talking about. As long as you tell me what I want to know, it’s great.”

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The Whistleblower’s Tale

When an accountant decided to call foul on Halliburton’s financial record-keeping, he thought he was doing the right thing. He spent 10 years fighting for the courts to agree.

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The Catastrophe

Tracking Spalding Grey’s descent towards suicide.

Tuesday, April 21

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Anchorman: The Legend of Don Lemon

The CNN anchor may not be the clueless bumbler the internet believes him to be.

Previously: Brodesser-Akner on the Longform Podcast.
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Putin's Action Hero

When Putin suggested to Obama that the White House and the Kremlin speak through an intermediary, he named who he thought was the obvious candidate: his friend Steven Seagal.

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The Underground Inferno that Created a Ghost Town

What remains of the ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

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The Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Museum We Never Knew We Needed

Is it homage? An art project? Whatever it is, it is very Brooklyn 2015.

Monday, April 20

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"We Haven’t Been Able to Rule Him Out"

Nearly 20 years ago in a remote California town, a 16-year-old named Karen Mitchell disappeared. The case went cold, but last month local law enforcement started looking at it again after the arrest of a former resident: Robert Durst.

Dean is a contributing editor at Longform.
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The Ghost of Cornel West

The rise and fall of “America’s most exciting black scholar.”

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Kidnapped at the Border

Kidnappers in Mexico have changed their business model from retail to wholesale—instead of extorting a handful of rich families, they are targeting thousands of undocumented migrants.

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Town Waiting for an Eruption Found It After Firing Its First Black Police Officer

Gerry Pickens took a paycut to join the police department in tiny, overwhelmingly white Orting, Washington. Fired less than a year later, he’s now suing the town for enough to break it.