Wednesday, May 8

Longform Podcast #40: Vanessa Grigoriadis

Vanessa Grigoriadis is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York.

On the art of the celebrity interview: "People are smart. Particularly these people. They're sitting there thinking, 'When is she going to drop that question?' They know what you're doing. So the way I think about it is: let's have an actual, genuine, human, interesting conversation. ... [Journalists] have all sorts of schemes of what they think works for them. My scheme is no scheme."

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Show Notes »

The Adventures of Super Boy

An early profile of Justin Beiber.


Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?

An endangered-species murder mystery in Hawaii.


Is She for Real?

On a cruise with Syvlia Browne, the controversial psychic famous for telling distraught parents where their missing children are.

Tuesday, May 7


Lip Shtick

Adventures in the cosmetics department of a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.


Love and Madness in the Jungle

A financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a mystery: Did John Felix Bender die by his own hand? Or did Ann Bender kill him to escape their crumbling dream?


My Father, the Good Nazi

Horst von Wächter confronts - and rationalizes - a difficult family legacy.

Monday, May 6


What Do You Desire?

The writer, entering her thirties single and adrift, heads to San Francisco to spend time with’s Princess Donna Dolore and attend a gangbang “where all the men were dressed as panda bears.”


The Thin Red Line

Inside the White House debate over Syria.


The Luckiest Village in the World

In 2011, just before Christmas, a tiny Spanish town won 120 million Euros in the lottery. A trip to the new Sodeto.


Al Gore’s Golden Years

A profile of the almost-president.