Wednesday, January 16

Longform Podcast #23: Starlee Kine

Starlee Kine is a contributor to This American Life and the New York Times Magazine.

"There's a fearlessness I had when I was younger that I don't have now ... It threw me into a crisis, the Internet in general. You're more cautious about what you kind of have out there. There's that, that I just don't want people to know every single thing anymore, but there's [also] an inner fear that did not exist before, an inner censoring that was not there."

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For Amusement Only

From pinball prohibition in 1940s NYC to Dave & Buster’s, the rise and fall of the American arcade.

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The Carefully Cultivated Soul of SoulCycle

On the casting process for New York’s cult leader-like spin instructors.

Tuesday, January 15

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The Longest Hunger Strike

An inmate’s protest.

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Against Joie de Vivre

Why parties, love, kids, conversation and more are so miserable (at least to Phillip Lopate).

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96 Minutes

An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.

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The Real Cuban Missile Crisis

A reassessment of the calm, cool JFK.

Monday, January 14

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Brainwashed!

The psychology of cults and the scholars who fight about it.

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The Party Faithful

The rise of Israel’s far right.

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Toastmaster

Adventures in public speaking.

Sunday, January 13

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The Inside Job

A bookkeeper’s $9 million swindle, her lavish second life, and the boss who didn’t notice.

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Boomtown Slum

A day in the economic life of the Nairobi’s Kibera, the largest shanty-town in Africa.