Friday, January 29


The Great Whiskey Heist

How a distillery worker in Kentucky stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of bourbon, one barrel at a time.

More: Our complete archive of heist articles

Joan Didion on Longform

From the campaign trail to California, Martha Stewart to John Wayne — our favorite essays and profiles by Joan Didion.


On Self-Respect

An essay on understanding our character, worth, and limits.


Making a Murderer in Uganda

Kidnapped by rebels when he was 9, Dominic Ongwen grew up to command fighters who slaughtered, raped, and pillaged. Is he guilty of heinous crimes or was he a hostage the whole time?


A Fighter’s Hour of Need

An account of the 60 minutes after a heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden that left one boxer with permanent brain damage.

Thursday, January 28


The Unlikely Revolutionary

A father’s search for meaning and justice five years after his son was killed during the Tahrir Square uprising.


Personal Observations on the Reliability of the Shuttle

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”

Six months after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, a member of the Presidential commission that investigated the crash presents his personal findings.


The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain

Phil Kennedy set out to build the ultimate brain-computer interface. In the process, he almost lost his mind.

Wednesday, January 27


Ann Selzer Is the Best Pollster in Politics

The brains behind the uncannily accurate Des Moines Register poll.

Longform Podcast #177: Alex Perry

Alex Perry, based in England, has covered Africa and Asia for Newsweek and Time. His most recent book is The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free.

“I got a call from one of my editors in 2003 or 2004, and he said something like, ‘You realize someone has died in the first line of every story you’ve filed for the last eight months?’ And my response was, ‘Of course. Isn’t that how we know it’s important?’ It took me a long time to work out that the importance of a story isn’t established only by death.”

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