Saturday, July 7


Quite Likely the Worst Job Ever

The sewer hunters, or “toshers,” of 19th century London.

Knowing where to find the most valuable pieces of detritus was vital, and most toshers worked in gangs of three or four, led by a veteran who was frequently somewhere between 60 and 80 years old. These men knew the secret locations of the cracks that lay submerged beneath the surface of the sewer-waters, and it was there that cash frequently lodged.

Friday, July 6


Tiny Little Laws

An investigation into sexual violence on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.


The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

The murderous tale of Washington D.C. fabulist Albrecht Muth and his late wife Viola Drath.


A Brief History of Money

The evolution of currency as “a complete abstraction.”


Reimagining Recreation

On New York City’s “Young Turks of radical urban playground design.”

Thursday, July 5


Thank You for Killing My Novel

His book panned in the New York Times after being misread by the critic, an author responds.


City in a Bottle

The story of booze and Bangalore.


The Audition

On trying out for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


A Journey Into The Mind of Watts

On life in Los Angeles, and the specter of a second riot.



The playground, the Ivy League, the triangle offense,  and how we dreamed up a “black basketball” and “white basketball.”

Wednesday, July 4


The Commandments

The Constitution and its worshippers.