Saturday, June 1


The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World’s Hottest Peppers

A trip to a pepper-eating contest in remote India.


Colum McCann’s Radical Empathy

A profile of the writer.

Plus: An excerpt from McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic. (via Longform Fiction)

Friday, May 31


Women As Bosses

“Some companies are beginning to allow women to take their management-training courses. A woman sitting in on an executive conference is less of a shock to the male than she was only a few years ago. A few big companies–R.C.A., the Home Life Insurance Co., and the New York Central, for example–have even ushered women into the board room.”

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Could California's Salmon Make a Comeback?

A fishery, an economy, and a way of life hang in the balance.


How A War Hero Became A Serial Bank Robber

An Iraq War veteran assuages his PTSD with bank heists.


Stephen King: The Fresh Air Interview

“The supernatural stuff doesn’t get to me anymore. But here’s the movie that scared me the most in the last 12 or 13 years: The movie opens with a woman in late middle-age, sitting at a table and writing a story. And the story goes something like, then the branches creaked in the - and she stops, and she says to her husband: What are those things? I can’t think of them. They’re in the backyard, and they’re very tall, and birds land on the branches. And he says, why, Iris, those are trees. And she says, yes, how silly of me. And she writes the word, and the movie starts. That’s Iris Murdoch, and she’s suffering the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Thursday, May 30


A Mother Helps Son in His Struggle with Schizophrenia

A week in the life of Naomi and Spencer Haskell.


The Greatest Vendetta on Earth

Why the head of Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey hired a former CIA agent to ruin a freelance writer’s career.


Wednesday, May 29


Access Hollywood

How Jeffrey Katzenberg became the Democrats’ kingmaker.

Longform Podcast #43: Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times.

"You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you're not supposed to. But as a human being, how can you not? Particularly people who had difficult, tragic, poignant lives. But there are also people that you just wish you had known. And, of course, the painful irony is that you're only getting to know them by virtue of the fact that it's too late."

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