Wednesday, January 14

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My Life Under Armed Guard

Since exposing the Neapolitan mafia by publishing Gomorrah at age 27, Roberto Saviano has lived for nearly a decade under armed guard, shuttling between anonymous hotels and army barracks.

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A Wild Goose Chase

A Georgia chicken farmer hoped to find financial independence in ethical foie gras. Things got weird.

Longform Podcast #124: Alex Blumberg

Alex Blumberg is a former producer for This American Life and Planet Money. Last year he founded Gimlet Media, a podcast network, and hosts its first show, StartUp.

“When someone starts talking about something difficult, when they get unexpectedly emotional, your normal human reaction is to sort of comfort and steer away. To say, ‘Oh I’m sorry, let’s move on.’ What you need to do, if you want good tape, is to say, ‘Talk more about how you’re feeling right now.’ It feels like a horrible question to ask. It feels like you're going against your every instinct as a decent human being to go toward the pain that this person is experiencing.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda and Alarm Grid for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Broad Strokes

On the appeal of Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

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How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice

Designing technology that allows ALS patients to communicate.

Tuesday, January 13

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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

How mental illness reshapes a marriage.

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Motley Crew

A 58-year-old diabetic and his team of amateur rugby players attempt to qualify for the 1984 Summer Olympics in rowing.

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Crime Fiction

The story of Tyrone Hood, who served 21 years for a murder he didn’t commit, and the Chicago criminal justice apparatus that allowed a serial killer to go free.

Previously: Nicholas Schmidle on the Longform Podcast.

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"I Don't Know If I'm Already Infected"

Sheikh Humarr Khan was a globally renowned expert in tropical diseases, and the hero who ran Sierra Leone’s worst Ebola ward. So why, when he finally fell ill, was he denied the extraordinary treatments that could have saved him?

Monday, January 12

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Donna's Last Days

Cancer, poverty, and a reporter taking care of her source.

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A City Run by Children

The theme-park chain where kids learn to pilot a plane, pay taxes, and pretend to be adults.

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Bees, Inc.

Save the honeybee, sterilize the earth.