Thursday, April 16


The Terrible Things I Learned About My Dad: On Abuse and the People We Love

The author discovers devastating secrets while going through her late father’s belongings.

Wednesday, April 15


This Magic Moment

David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos and director of the series finale, analyzes the final scene shot-by-shot.


Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

Longform Podcast #137: Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Grantland, and more.

“You have this sense that you’re bonding, but at the same time you're also going to betray them. Because if you hear this quote that they say or you see it in a mannerism, you write it in your notebook and you think ‘I got it.’”

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The Gangster in the Huddle

The double life of Aaron Hernandez.


Trash Food

The complicated class politics of American eating habits.


Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

On his anxiety as a teenager, the treatment he was given for it, and the way that the psychiatry of the day failed his family.

Tuesday, April 14


A Tale of Two Poets

On the parallel sadness of Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop.


The Tragic Love Story Of Christy Mack and MMA Fighter War Machine

The woman that the mixed martial arts star beat nearly to death tells her side of the story.


The Insane Story of the Guy Who Killed the Guy Who Killed Lincoln

The man who killed John Wilkes Booth was a eunuch. By choice.


Tangled Up in Indigo

The writer’s obsession with a genus of snake known as “indigo.”

Monday, April 13


Following Terry Fox

Tracing the 3,339 miles the Canadian ran in 1980, on one good leg and one prosthetic limb.