Wednesday, April 10

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November 24, 1963

On the death of a brother.

Longform Podcast #36: Patrick Symmes

Patrick Symmes is a foreign correspondent and contributor to Outside and Harper's.

"They rolled us up like a cheap carpet. We were locked in a room for 14 hours. And for the first six hours that was okay. Everything was nice; there was coffee. But then the nightshift came on. You could hear gunshots in the street, and these guys were scared. And they were thugs. And they were thugs with a mission: to get rid of every foreigner who might witness what was happening."

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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook

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Tuesday, April 9

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Shaved Heads, Snipped Tubes, Imperial Marines, and Dope Fiends

The rise and fall of Synanon, an addiction-recovery cult in California, and its charismatic leader, a one-time homeless wino named Chuck Dederich who taught his followers to berate each other for therapy.

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The Man Who Pierced the Sky

On Felix Baumgartner and his 24-mile jump.

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Bikers Against Child Abuse

“Remember why we’re here: to empower the child. If you can’t handle it, keep your shades on.”

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Time In A Bottle

One year before his death, Mickey Mantle describes a life of drinking.

Monday, April 8

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Hollywood Archaeology: The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Two decades later, unpacking a historic bust.

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Death of a Revolutionary

Shulamith Firestone, one of the first radical feminists, helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in it.

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The Invincible Mrs. Thatcher

A profile of the prime minister.