Wednesday, July 22

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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Out of Thin Air

Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.

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The Reckless Plot to Overthrow Africa's Most Absurd Dictator

Mistakes were made by the middle-aged Americans who hoped to take over Gambia.

Tuesday, July 21

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E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

“I tell them it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

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"We Are Drowning in Material"

Catching up with Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

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Cheating, Incorporated

On the adultery website AshleyMadison.com.

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Up in the Air

Inside the compulsive world of airline rewards hobbyists, who spend the bulk of their lives flying around the world for free.

Monday, July 20

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“These People Need to Know What We Have Gone Through”

To reduce recidivism, a program brings criminals face to face with their victims. The results aren’t always what you’d expect.

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Joe Gould's Teeth

Falling into the black hole of literary journalism’s most famous eccentic

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The Voice

On the life and death of The Voice contestant Anthony Riley.

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Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

Working on the high seas is always dangerous, but the Dona Liberta has a particularly bad reputation.