Monday, July 1


The Call of Battle

After two tours in Iraq, the writer returns to a volatile region of Afghanistan as an embedded journalist.


Michael Light in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler

How to photograph Los Angeles from a helicopter.

Sunday, June 30


The Art of Translation

On the sins of the lazy translator.


The Watchers

A startup’s plan to launch a fleet of cheap, small, ultra-efficient imaging satellites and revolutionize data collection.

Saturday, June 29


Los Infiltradores

Why three young undocumented activists intentionally got themselves detained.


The Octogenarian Who Took on the Shoguns

On Japan’s Hokkaido, an island the size of Ireland, and its rebel leader of lore, Shakushain.

Friday, June 28


Captive Audience

Listening to music in prison.

Longform Podcast #48: Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses "The Oilman's Daughter," his new story in The Atavist.

"This woman was given the opportunity to take on a new identity. And it was a mistake. She never should've done it. If there was a way for her to go back and say, 'No, I don't want to know this. I want to be who I am,' then I think she should've taken that. … I'm fascinated with people who want to radically shift their identity. It almost never works out well."

Show Notes »

The Upside of Trauma

What good can come of tragedy.


Armey in Exile

Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe build the most powerful Tea Party organization in the country. Then a feud threatened to undo everything.


Medical Research: Cell Division

The controversial history of WI-38, a cell strain created from an aborted fetus “that has arguably helped to save more lives than any other created by researchers.”