Thursday, January 24


Hillary the Pol

“Hillary Clinton was never a shy person.”


The Rules of the Game

A history of the Hollywood publicity racket.

Wednesday, January 23


"I Will Ruin Him"

On being stalked in the age of the Internet.

Longform Podcast #25: Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"There's always the fear, which comes with having done it for a long time, that you're repeating yourself. That's actually a genuine concern—you worry that you're becoming an imitiation of yourself ... The funny thing is that you spend the first half of your career wanting desperately to have a voice that's distinctive and recognizable, then you go to the other side of that and think oh my god, all my stories sound the same."

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Show Notes »

Could Cyril Ramaphosa Be the Best Leader South Africa Has Not Yet Had?

Twenty years ago, Ramaphosa was by Mandela’s side as apartheid ended and in line to become deputy president. He didn’t get the job. Now one of the richest men in Africa, he’s finally getting the chance.


The Accidental Activist

On Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, who left Pro-Choice activism for born-again Christianity and a strange life of financial opportunism.

Tuesday, January 22


Raiders of the Lost R2

Digging for Return of the Jedi set remnants in the desert.


The Importance Of Being Francesa

On the cranky king of New York sports talk.


Dead Sea Scrolls Go to Court

A scholarly dispute devolves into criminal impersonation.

Monday, January 21


High School Is a Sadistic Institution

The science behind why high school sucks.


The Force

How the United States came to spend more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined.

Sunday, January 20


Stranded on the Roof of the World

Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of Earth’s most remote places, a pocket of land 14,000 feet high where the currency is sheep, the dream is a road, and many will go an entire lifetime without ever seeing a tree.