Friday, April 4

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An investigation into the ill-fated text messaging platform ZunZuneo.

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A dispatch from Vermont, which is in the midst of what the governor calls a “full-blown heroin crisis.”

Thursday, April 3

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“Every Sunday at my house … we watched The Ed Sullivan Show…. Whether we enjoyed it or not. That was my first lesson in show business. I don’t think anybody in the house particularly enjoyed it. We just watched it. Maybe that’s the purpose of television. You just turn it on and watch it whether you want to or not.”

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The case against Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel.

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How do you sell a $3000 vacuum?

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The cheerleader who sued the Raiders for failure to pay minimum wage.

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The secretive group that owns the venerable magazine.

Wednesday, April 2

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The author goes in search of his father’s days as a member of an elite club of sport parachutists.

Longform Podcast #86: Mattathias Schwartz

Mattathias Schwartz has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper's.

"I figure it's like digging through a wall with a spoon: if you spend enough time at it eventually you get to the other side."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Audible for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. mattathiasschwartz.com
  2. Schwartz on Longform
  3. [4:00] "A Massacre in Jamaica" (New Yorker • Dec 2011)
  4. [20:15] The Philadelphia Independent
  5. [25:00] "The Hold-'Em Holdup" (New York Times Magazine • Jun 2006)
  6. [26:45] "The Trolls Among Us" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2008)
  7. [26:45] "The Church of Warren Buffett" (Harper's • Jan 2010)
  8. [35:00] "The Golden Touch" (Harper's • Dec 2008)
  9. [36:00] The Big Con (David Maurer • Bobbs-Merrill Company • 1940)
  10. [36:30] "The Still Lives of Wells Tower" (Paul Maliszewski • The Brooklyn Rail • Feb 2011)
  11. [37:00] "Petroleum, Louisiana"
  12. [37:00] "How Fast Can He Cook a Chicken?" (London Review of Books • Oct 2011)
  13. [49:00] "Camp Justice" (Kindle Single • Nov 2012)
  14. [50:45] "A Mission Gone Wrong" (New Yorker • Jan 2014)
  15. [53:15] "The Truth of El Mozote" (Mark Danner • New Yorker • Dec 1993)
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At the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha.

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The story of a very bad basketball team.

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Bonobos are celebrated as peace-loving, matriarchal, and sexually liberated. Are they?