Thursday, November 20

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Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?

How the new store is—and isn’t—changing Detroit.

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A Rape on Campus

A brutal assault and the struggle for justice at the University of Virginia.

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The Secret Life of Passwords

What our private codes say about us.

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“When in Doubt, Seduce”

A profile of Mike Nichols.

Wednesday, November 19

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Inside the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail

Spending time with the residents of K6G, the only gay wing in the entire American penal system.

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My Last Day in Yemen

A journalist on the lingering effects of escaping a kidnapping.

Longform Podcast #118: Emma Carmichael

Emma Carmichael, a former editor at Deadspin and The Hairpin, is the editor in chief of Jezebel.

"Online feminism has more and more rules lately. There are only so many things you can say. And while our opinions are getting more constrained online, personal feminism and face-to-face conversations are looser and more complicated and don't go by any rules. ... The ideal with Jezebel is getting to a point where you can say, 'This is what I think, so who gives a fuck.'"

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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All About My Mother

“For much of my life, there was something about my mother I felt almost allergic to. As she approached death, for the first time I found I didn’t merely love her, I actually liked her.”

Excerpted from The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion.

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The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

“The Jihad route leads from Tunisia via Tripoli into Turkey and on to Syria. Thousands have followed the path into Syria, and only a few have returned.”

Tuesday, November 18

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Firestone and the Warlord

How a major American company helped bring Charles Taylor to power in Liberia.

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Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We're 100% Sure It's Maybe Totally for Real)

The comedian on his show business bucket list, Donald Sterling, and whether he ever feels guilty for being funny.

"I just know that sometimes the things that scare you the most or make you want to cry the most or are the most tragic are the things you just gravitate to or address in a comedic context, partially because you shouldn't."

Previously: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's "If He Hollers Let Him Go," a Best of 2013 pick.

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The Smartest Bro in the Room

A profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.