Friday, August 28

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The Red-Baiting of Lena Horne

She stumbled into communist circles, and it nearly derailed her career.

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Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia

A town ruined by the chemical C8, an ingredient in the making of Teflon.

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Heart of Agave

A small organic agave farmer stands firm against the collision of Big Agriculture and tequila.

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Mostly Joking

Behind the scenes with the creator of Black-ish.

Thursday, August 27

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Connor Goes to Hollywood

Chasing stardom in YouTube’s crowded universe.

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Searching for Sugar Daddy

The men and the women of the transactional-love economy. “A thing you should know is that there are very few people to root for in this story.”

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Apartment"

A new neighbor's arrival highlights old and quiet problems.

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White Kermode

On the rare white bear that may save a British Columbia rainforest.

Wednesday, August 26

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In Conversation: Quentin Tarantino

“I probably am mellowing. I’m happy about that. I was a pretty angry young man, but if I were angry now, it’d be like, What the fuck is my problem? I’ve got a really terrific life. It’s so rare to be an artist in my position.”

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One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

How three generations of a Brazilian family evangelized for and fought over the sport of Gracie jiu-jitsu as it moved from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.

Previously: David Samuels on the Longform Podcast

Longform Podcast #155: S.L. Price

S.L. Price is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.

“The fact is, if you write about sports and people think they're just reading about sports, they'll read about drug use. They'll read about sex. They'll read about sex change. They'll read about communism. They'll read about issues they couldn't possibly care about, issues that if they saw them in any other part of the paper they would just gloss over. But because it's about sports—because there's a boxing ring or a baseball field or a football field—they'll be more patient and you can get some issues under the transom.”

Thanks to Pitt Writers and TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.