Thursday, September 4

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Guitar Drag

The author reflects on a ballad of racial injustice.

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Wednesday, September 3

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Casualties of War

A couple’s only son is killed in Iraq.

Longform Podcast #107: Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.

"There’s nothing purely, or maybe even at all, altruistic about this exchange. It’s transactional in the Janet Malcolm classical sense, but also in the emotional sense. There is a way in which I’m super open. I take in these experiences. They keep me up at night. They really get inside me. But then, I'm also using them to craft whatever I’m working on."

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The Orthodox Hit Squad

One rabbi’s tactics against husbands who refuse to divorce their wives.

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The Great Forgetting

On childhood amnesia, or why we don’t remember much before age seven.

Tuesday, September 2

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Interview: Bill Hader

“I did a few days on Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the vibe on the set was very heavy and serious. The only thing I can equate it to is tripping with a bunch of your friends.”

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They Heard the Call of Freedom, a Summons that Still Haunts

“They thought they were going to change the world,” he says of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project volunteers. “They didn’t expect that white folks would be so vicious.”

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Why I Write

An essay on motivation.

Monday, September 1

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Freedom Fighter

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on Earth to abolish slavery. The law had little effect; at least 140,000 people are still enslaved today. Their best hope for freedom is an abolitoinist named Biram Dah Abeid.