Wednesday, April 10


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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Show Notes »

A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan

A portrait of a new nation.


'North Pond Hermit,' Suspect in More than 1,000 Maine Burglaries, Captured

The story of Christopher Knight, who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years with virtually no human contact.


Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook

The private life of a disgraced former congressman.

Tuesday, April 9


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.


The Man Who Pierced the Sky

On Felix Baumgartner and his 24-mile jump.


Bikers Against Child Abuse

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


Time In A Bottle

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

Monday, April 8


Hollywood Archaeology: The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Two decades later, unpacking a historic bust.


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.


The Invincible Mrs. Thatcher

A profile of the prime minister.