Wednesday, October 10

Longform Podcast #10: Chris Jones (Live)

Chris Jones (Live in Romania)

Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones before a live audience in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian magazine Decât o Revistă.

"It just feels good to fucking win ... If you want to say 'Let's get rid of [journalism awards],' no problem. But if they exist, I want to win them. Just because I won two—I know Gary Smith has won four. I want five. Unless Gary Smith wins five, and then I want six. That's just how I work. And maybe that's a terrible, competitive, creepy thing. But journalism is competitive."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!

Show Notes »
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The Swingers’ Guide To Islam

A Javanese shrine where Muslim pilgrims seeking good fortune must peform a ritual: find a stranger, have sex with them.

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Peeling Oniontown

Unraveling the layers of upstate New York’s most reclusive community.

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The Beautiful Game

In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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Behind Enemy Lines With a Suburban Counterterrorist

How one woman is monitoring the jihadi network from a home office in Montana.

Tuesday, October 9

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The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue

A spy takes on his own agency.

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The Rise and Fall of the Cincinnati Boner King

A jailhouse interview with Steve Washak, who made millions selling “natural male enhancement” pills.

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The New Price of American Politics

Why the flood of money in this election is just the beginning.

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"The Promise"

On Bruce Springsteen’s song, and growing up in a factory town.

Monday, October 8

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Ultimate Glory

A youth wasted on pro-level Ultimate Frisbee.

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The Patent, Used as a Sword

For the first time, the giants of the tech industry are spending more on creating, buying, and fighting patents than they are on R&D.

Part of New York Times' ongoing iEconomy series.