Thursday, January 22

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The Invisible Woman

A conversation with Björk about Vulnicura, her new—and confessional—album about her recent break-up with Matthew Barney.

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The Story of Diana: The Making of a Terrorist

How a woman born of wealth and privilege tries to bomb the establishment from which she came and ultimately dies in the process.

This Pulitzer-winning series is reprinted online in full and for the first time by Longform.

Wednesday, January 21

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"Food Is a Death Sentence to These Kids"

People with Prader-Willi syndrome, caused by a genetic defect, always feel as though they’re starving. How can you condition them to control their appetites when temptation is everywhere?

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From Gitmo to an American Supermax, The Horrors of Solitary Confinement

On the psychological damage punitive isolation inflicts upon Guantánamo and American prisoners alike.

Longform Podcast #125: Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal has written for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s and Foreign Policy. He’s the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes.

“When I got to the Taliban, I got out my notebook and tried to ask the hard-hitting questions. ‘What are you fighting for? Why are you doing this? What’s happening with the civilians you’re killing?’ And of course you do that and you get boilerplate answers and icy stares. So I just started asking them questions about their childhood. ... People love to talk about themselves and he began to open up and very subtly something shifted and it no longer became about the war and America versus the Taliban, it became about him being an Afghan and his experience.”

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Making Sense of Ferguson

A narrative of the Michael Brown shooting.

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The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars—a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.

Tuesday, January 20

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The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How the singer became the target of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics' early, racially-motivated war on drugs.

Excerpted from Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.
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Can Moral Mondays Produce Victorious Tuesdays?

North Carolina’s protest movement has galvanized the state’s progressives, but couldn’t stop 2014’s Republican tide. Its leaders say they’re just getting started.

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U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit

“Easy care” sheep, crushed piglets, and starving calves. These are the products of a remote research center where scientists are trying to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry.

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When a Stranger Threatens Suicide

An American writer living in Japan, unread and underpublished, sends an email to a group of writers he doesn’t know informing them that he is committing suicide.

Monday, January 19

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From Amateur to Ruthless Jihadist in France

Chérif and Saïd Kouachi’s path to the Paris attack at Charlie Hebdo.