An investigation into shootings by U.S. Border Agents that have killed six Mexicans on Mexican soil over the past five years.
Thursday, May 9
He was a hedge-funder with a coke problem. She liked to drink and was thrice-divorced before they got married. When the police arrived, she was clutching his dead body in the shallow end of their pool. She would soon be accused of murder—not by the cops, but her Internet psychic.
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How pitching phenom Steve Carlton became a yoga-loving conspiracy theorist who calls a concrete bunker his home.
Two sisters help detectives solve a decades-old cold case by identifying their father as their mother’s killer.
How a network of evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy centers turned the complex reality behind black abortion rates into a single, fictional story.
Wednesday, May 8
Vanessa Grigoriadis is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York.
On the art of the celebrity interview: "People are smart. Particularly these people. They're sitting there thinking, 'When is she going to drop that question?' They know what you're doing. So the way I think about it is: let's have an actual, genuine, human, interesting conversation. ... [Journalists] have all sorts of schemes of what they think works for them. My scheme is no scheme."
Show notes and links:
- Grigoriadis on Longform
- [4:00] "Why Is Nancy Pelosi Always Smiling?" (New York • Nov 2009)
- [13:00] "Can Shakira Conquer the World?" (Rolling Stone • Oct 2009) [pdf]
- [16:30] "Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar" (New York • Apr 2013)
- [23:30] "New York's Power-Girl Publicists" (New York • Dec 1998)
- [38:00] "The Adventures of Super Boy" (Rolling Stone • Mar 2011)
- [40:45] "Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass" (New York • Oct 2007)
- [43:30] "The Tragedy of Britney Spears" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2008)
An endangered-species murder mystery in Hawaii.
On a cruise with Syvlia Browne, the controversial psychic famous for telling distraught parents where their missing children are.
Tuesday, May 7
Adventures in the cosmetics department of a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.