Thursday, May 19

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Playing Chicken

The agriculture industry has known for 40 years that using antibiotics can create superbugs. Only one company has taken the science seriously.

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Bill Clinton's Big Moment

He is 69. He is no longer a virtuoso politician. He has been marginalized within his wife’s campaign. Nobody knows what what his role will be if she wins, but everyone agrees that he’s desperate to find out.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Expatriate"

A woman picks up her father's ashes at a funeral home.

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Beyond Laughter

A profile of Andy Kaufman.

Wednesday, May 18

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Hold the Fort

A family loses everything in the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig

Robin Marantz Henig, the author of nine books, writes about science and medicine for The New York Times Magazine.

“I have my moments of thinking, ‘Well, why is this still so hard? Why do I still have to prove myself after all this time?’ If I were in a different field, or if I were even on a staff, I’d have a title that gave me more respect. I still have to wait just as long as any other writer to get any kind of response to a pitch. I still have to pitch. Nothing is automatic, even after all these years of working at this.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Johnson & Johnson, and Audible.

Show Notes »
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The Long Rescue

A man’s search for his kidnapped children in India and Nepal.

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Body Politics

How artist Petr Pavlensky uses his body and the Russian legal system as canvases.

Tuesday, May 17

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The False Promise of DNA Testing

Once viewed as a forensic “silver bullet,” DNA evidence is coming under fire.

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Doctors With Enemies

Did Afghan forces target the M.S.F. hospital?

Previously: Mattheiu Aikins on the Longform Podcast
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Monday, May 16

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The Secret History of Bioluminescence

On the longstanding human fascination with a light source we could borrow but not share.