Thursday, November 6

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My Evil Dad: Life As A Serial Killer’s Daughter

“‘Why does my dad have duct tape by his pillow?’”

Wednesday, November 5

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Battle for the Senate: How the GOP Did It

An inside look at the Democratic infighting and Republican gameplan (“Obama, Obama, Obama”) that led to the midterm landslide.

Longform Podcast #116: Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and is a contributor to This American Life. His latest book is Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld.

"I test out my stories on my kids. You should be able to tell any story, now matter how complicated, to a seven-year-old in a way that they understand. If you can't, that probably means that either a) you're telling the story wrong or b) it's not really a story."

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The Sea of Crises

A sumo wrestling tournament. A failed coup ending in seppuku. A search for a forgotten man. How one writer’s trip to Japan became a journey through oblivion.

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Inside the Vigilante Fight Against Boko Haram

On Nigeria’s citizen vigilantes who’ve banded together to fight Islamist terrorists.

Tuesday, November 4

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Like Something the Lord Made

Vivien Thomas was paid a janitor’s wage, never went to college, and still became a legend in the field of heart surgery.

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Striving for a Climate Change

A profile of law professor Dan Kahan, “one of the best-known unknown academics in the country,” who wants to close the communication gap between scientists and the public.

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New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist

Fifty years later, the men who stole priceless gems from the Museum of Natural History recall the crime.

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The Myth of Chinese Super Schools

What the Chinese education system can teach America about relying on test scores as the main metric of success.

Monday, November 3

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The Pierre Omidyar Insurgency

The story, so far, of First Look Media.

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Witnessing one of deadliest landslides in American history.

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The Duke of Doubt

A profile of Chris Rock as he makes one last attempt to jump from standup to leading man.


Previously: The Longform Guide to Standups.