Thursday, September 12



From bombs to a boxer, variations on a name.


The President and the Pipeline

How the Keystone XL became the defining environmental test of Obama’s presidency.


Ditto Boys

On Westmont College, a “feeder school” to the upper ranks of the Christian conservative movement.

Wednesday, September 11


Beso de los Exoticos

On lucha libre’s exóticos, “wrestlers who dress in drag and kiss their rivals, never quite revealing whether the joke is on their opponents, themselves or conservative Mexican society at large.”

Longform Podcast #59: Nancy Jo Sales

Nancy Jo Sales writes for Vanity Fair and is the author of The Bling Ring.

"I'm a mom now, so my life's a little different. I can't do certain things that I used to do, and I won't, because they're dangerous or ridiculous or keep me out till five in the morning or whatever. But back in those days, I didn't even have a pet. This was everything I did. This was my whole life, this passion to find out these things, and do these things, and see these things, and have these adventures and be able to report about this street life that rarely gets talked about. I just didn't really have a lot of boundaries in those days. I don't think I had any, really. And if you really throw yourself into something, you can get a great story. You can also not have a life of your own."

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Show Notes »

Prep-School Gangsters

“They cruise the city in chauffeured cars, blasting rap, selling pot to classmates. How some of New York’s richest kids joined forces with some of its poorest.”


Delhi Rape: How India's Other Half Lives

On the lives of the men who gang-raped a woman on a Delhi bus last year, the life of their victim, and the people left out of India’s growing prosperity.

Tuesday, September 10


What Broke My Father's Heart

What happens when a pacemaker outlives the brain.


In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg

“Will you show me all of the man-in-the-street, sympathetic, mayoral candidates? The last time I met one of them on the subway was a long time ago. Let’s not get too carried away.”


Nancy Dubuc, the Duck Whisperer

How A+E’s CEO is navigating the new TV environment with hit shows like “Duck Dynasty.”