A plague leads sea stars to tear off their own arms.Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast
Wednesday, May 13
Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week.
“I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this idea that if you quit something, if you don’t see something through to completion then you’re a loser, you’re a failure. I just think that’s a crazy way to look at things. But it’s also easy to overlook opportunity costs. Like, what could I be doing instead?”
On being among giant reptiles with a parent you don’t understand.
Tuesday, May 12
A faked marriage between undercover agents leads to the arrest of a dozen drug dealers.
Doping is a problem for equine sports, too.
The informal network of volunteers that keep abortion access open in Texas.
Monday, May 11
The humanitarian crisis the rest of the world has already forgotten about.