Saturday, August 9

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Two truckers talk on a wintry Alaskan highway.

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To understand why a 64-year-old man would try and break the land speed record by traveling hundreds of miles per hour, you need to know a little something about his family.

Friday, August 8

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Rand Paul as the movement’s Pearl Jam.

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Sandra Bridewell, a Dallas socialite, and the people around her who keep dying.

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Following Muammar Qaddafi’s death in 2011, Libya had hundreds of billions of dollars. This is the story of how it was erased.

Previously: David Samuels on the Longform Podcast.

Thursday, August 7

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The World Cup and Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

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“My mother kept scrapbooks of everything any of her children did all their lives, and among my scrapbooks are newspapers that I wrote on the typewriter at the age of six, The Hersey Family News, with ads offering my older brothers for various kinds of hard labor at very low wages.”

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On Stewart Butterfield, the founder of Flickr and now Slack, a wildly popular, difficult-to-describe messaging service that has 38,000 paying subscribers just a few months after launching.

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A dispatch from the World Clown Association Convention.

Wednesday, August 6

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On the private, for-profit probation industry.

Longform Podcast #103: Adam Higginbotham

Adam Higginbotham has written for Businessweek, Wired and The New Yorker. His latest story is A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, for The Atavist.

"There's always a narrative in a crime story. Something has always gone wrong. These guys are always in prison, because they all fucked something up or trusted the wrong person. They always get caught in the end. Because if they hadn't, you wouldn't be reading about it."

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