Friday, March 20

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The Brain’s Empathy Gap

Can the insights of neuroscience help us get over our prejudices?

Thursday, March 19

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The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Researchers do look into near-death experiences, seeking a verified case of what they call “apparently non-physical veridical perception.”

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The Miami Connection

Billionaire Marcelo Claure wants to help David Beckham bring professional soccer to South Florida. He just doesn't want to talk about it.


Available exclusively on Longform thanks to Howler.

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The Killer in the Blue Dress

While accused killer Robert Durst was in Galveston, he made a few friends besides Morris Black.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Maybe We Should Get Tattoos and Other Possibilities For Happiness"

Family problems and a myriad of solutions.

"I don’t know if my husband and I are on the way to church or a hangover. It is too early in the drive to tell. The first Thursday of every month, my husband’s sister comes over to watch the kids. They are too old for a sitter, but the older one keeps trying to kill herself and we don’t want to risk it. Always keep an eye on them, I tell my sister-in-law. Don’t leave them alone for a second, not even to ice a cake, organize a closet, dry the dishes, say a prayer."

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The Woman Who Froze in Fargo

A woman thought a Coen brothers movie was a “true story” and tracked it to her death. Now someone’s made a fictional film about her, further blurring the lines between reality and artifice.

Wednesday, March 18

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The Sting

The long arm of the DEA reaches into Liberia to bust a cocaine trafficker.

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Harper Lee’s Forgotten True-Crime Project

Many people hoped that this would be the second book she’d publish.

Longform Podcast #133: Adam Platt

Adam Platt is the restaurant critic for New York.

“My job was described to me recently as ‘the last great job of the 20th century.’ I think there might be something to that.”

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Like a Prayer

Squeamish though they might be about God, even the totally irreligious can find some comfort in praying.

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Rogue Wounds

A brief history of pretending to be sick.

Tuesday, March 17

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Luminous Life

In the deep ocean, a swimming sea-worm called a “green bomber” can throw sacs of light when attacked.