Saturday, April 23

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Mount Impossible: How a Disabled Veteran Conquered Kilimanjaro

Summiting one of the world’s toughest peaks gave Julian Torres something an IED blast in Afghanistan had taken away.

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Everybody Is a Star: How the Rock Club First Avenue Made Minneapolis the Center of Music in the ’80s

The fabled venue where the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Prince emerged.

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In the Footsteps of a Killer

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, couldn’t stop working on the case.

Friday, April 22

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I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love

“A paean 2 Prince.”

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Unfriendly Climate

Katharine Hayhoe is one of the country’s most influential atmospheric scientists, spreading the word about the effects of climate change. She’s also an evangelical Christian.

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The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof.

The writer returns to his remote North Dakota hometown’s high school, then isolated with a graduating class of only 28, now even smaller but connected by the internet.

Thursday, April 21

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The Silence Is Broken

A conversation with Prince.

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The Secret History of Tiger Woods

A father’s death, an obsession with the Navy SEALs, and a life unraveled.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Plans"

Dolls and complicated gender dynamics.

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Even Sex Goddesses Get the Blues

The Cosmo editor and author of Sex and the Single Girl’s rocky real-life relationships.

Adapted from Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown.

Wednesday, April 20

Longform Podcast #189: Maciej Ceglowski

Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words.

“My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it's unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. I like the idea of things on the web being persistent. And more basically, I reject this idea that everything has to be on a really short time scale just because it involves technology. We’ve had these computers around for a while now. It’s time we start treating them like everything else in our lives, where it kind of lives on the same time scale that we do and doesn’t completely fall off the end of the world every three or four years.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, and Casper, and MIT Press for sponsoring this week's episode.

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