Thursday, May 2


Our Radical Future: Cults, Utopias and Rebellions of the 1890s

On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”


The Killings in Kaufman

A legal battle over stolen computer monitors ends one man’s career and the lives of three others.

Wednesday, May 1


The Night New York Avoided a Riot

In the days following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, more than 100 cities experienced significant civil disturbance. In New York, everyone expected riots. What happened next.

Longform Podcast #39: Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Natasha Vargas-Cooper has written for GQ, Spin and BuzzFeed.

"Writing is the worst part of this gig for me. I hate sitting down and writing; it's being with my worst self. … But then, when it's over, it's the best. I have no greater joy than reading what I've published—with the exception of some editors who have fucked up my shit."

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Show Notes »

The Driver

On Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, “the world’s most wanted terrorist not named Osama bin Laden,” whose death five years ago remains a mystery.


Tangled Up in Blue

The brief life and complicated death of Tommy Lasorda’s gay son.


The Devil in George Jones

A profile of the country music legend.

Tuesday, April 30


The Prophets of Oak Ridge

The story of three peace activists — a drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter — who penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States.


In Virginia's Fairfax County, Robbing Banks for the CIA

A captured bank robber makes a remarkable claim.

Monday, April 29


Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.

“It’s insanity to kill your father with a kitchen knife. It’s also insanity to close hospitals, fire therapists, and leave families to face mental illness on their own.”


Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

Libor, ISDAfix, and how the big banks do business.