Wednesday, May 13

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The Wasting

A plague leads sea stars to tear off their own arms.

Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast

Longform Podcast #141: Stephen J. Dubner

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?”

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Tuesday, May 12

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The Wedding Sting

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‘I Put in White Tenants’

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Can Horse Racing Be Cleaned Up?

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Navigating a New Reality

The informal network of volunteers that keep abortion access open in Texas.

Monday, May 11

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Blur Lines

The ups and downs of a beloved British pop band.

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Who Funds the Future?

Inside the mind of Marc Andreessen.

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Returning to the Nepal Earthquake

The humanitarian crisis the rest of the world has already forgotten about.