Thursday, August 20

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Fiction Pick the Week: "The Thief"

Theft and magic in the early 20th century.

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The Transitive Nightfall of Fatty Egg Rolls

Tracking down the very best in Grateful Dead concert concessions.

Wednesday, August 19

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Black Arts

The Academy of Art University in San Francisco is very profitable for the family who runs it. But not so much for the students who attend in hopes of becoming artists.

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Colony Collapse

The rise, and rise, of bee mortality in America.

Longform Podcast #154: William Finnegan

William Finnegan is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.

“I suppose in retrospect I was just trying to find out what the world held that nobody could tell me about until I got there. I was a big reader and had a couple of degrees by that point, but there was something out well over the horizon that I wanted to get near and record and understand, and I even felt like it would transform me.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, SquareSpace, and The Great Courses for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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Playing Doc's Games

Surfing San Francisco with a true believer.

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An Oral History of Iowa's Attempted Indoor Rainforest

It was the failed dream of the heir to the Frank-o-Matic sausage-link machinery fortune.

Tuesday, August 18

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Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

“The central conflict of domestic life right now is not men versus women, mothers versus fathers. It is family versus money.”

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How Darrelle Revis Became the NFL's Savviest Negotiator

“In an industry in which millions of people are invested in his success – in which he’s constantly being advised, praised and berated, often by total strangers – Revis’ tranquillity might be his greatest asset. He isn’t just an island. He’s a fortress.”

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Out of Bethlehem

The life and politics of Joan Didion.

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The Trials of Ed Graf

The tale of the first conviction overturned on faulty arson science.

Monday, August 17

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Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.

Previously: Buzz Bissinger on the Longform Podcast