Wednesday, July 16

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Gang-bang buffet tables, deeply earnest 'Letters to the Editor,' ghost-writing Kierkegaard references into model bios in Barely Legal, and how a half-decade of reviewing porn eroded the thin line between the author's alter egos and self.

Previously: Evan Wright on the Longform Podcast.

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A conversation with one of Russia’s “little green men”: a 24-year-old recruited to fight in Eastern Ukraine.

Tuesday, July 15

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More than 100 years after they were discovered, we’re still looking for an answer as to why blood types exist.

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The debate surrounding Truvada, the first drug approved by the FDA to prevent HIV.

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On a $40 million raise and a fired co-founder.

Monday, July 14

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The preacher ran a prostitution ring out of his halfway house. The teenager posed as his nephew and later claimed he feared for his own life. Only one man they drove into the woods would survive.

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On a remote island, a former airline executive and his wife are preparing for the world to end. Others are starting to join them.

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“I come to America, I go to England, I go to France…nobody’s at risk. They’re afraid of getting cancer, losing a lover, losing their jobs, being insecure. … It’s only in my own country that I find people who voluntarily choose to put everything at risk—in their personal life.”

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An investigation into how Rikers Island guards treat the roughly 4,000 inmates who are mentally ill.

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Why Parks Middle School decided to cheat.

Previously: Rachel Aviv on the Longform Podcast.

Sunday, July 13

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Navigating the bureaucratic welfare maze while raising a family.