Monday, May 9

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in '72

“One afternoon about three days ago the Editorial Enforcement Detail from the Rolling Stone office showed up at my door, with no warning, and loaded about 40 pounds of supplies into the room: two cases of Mexican beer, four quarts of gin, a dozen grapefruits, and enough speed to alter the outcome of six Super Bowls. There was also a big Selectric typewriter, two reams of paper, a face-cord of oak firewood and three tape recorders – in case the situation got so desperate that I might finally have to resort to verbal composition.”
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Private Schools, Painful Secrets

An investigation into sexual abuse at elite New England schools.

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Teatox Party

How detox teas laced with laxatives took over Instagram.

Sunday, May 8

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The Day We Discovered Our Parents Were Russian Spies

Their entire lives, Alex and Tim Foley thought their mom and dad were typical, boring American parents. Then the FBI showed up.

Saturday, May 7

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Front Runner

On the rise of Marine Le Pen, France’s right-wing presidential candidate.

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What I Gained From Having a Miscarriage

Digging into the misconceptions and silences surrounding pregnancy loss, which is more common than people believe.

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Refuge: One Syrian Family’s Long Odyssey to Georgia

Of the 4.5 million Syrians who have fled their nation’s bloody civil war, fewer than 3,000 have made it to America. This is one family’s story.

Previously: Matthew Shaer on the Longform Podcast

Friday, May 6

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The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru

In the basement of the White House, in an office with no windows, an MFA grad named Ben Rhodes is telling the story of America’s foreign policy.

David Samuels on the Longform Podcast
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Don DeLillo: The Art of Fiction No. 135

We have a rich literature. But sometimes it’s a literature too ready to be neutralized, to be incorporated into the ambient noise. This is why we need the writer in opposition, the novelist who writes against power, who writes against the corporation or the state or the whole apparatus of assimilation. We’re all one beat away from becoming elevator music.
Plus: Our complete collection of Paris Review interviews.
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"You Want a Description of Hell?"

Purdue Pharma’s marketing materials say OxyContin works for 12 hours. It doesn’t. And this problem, long-denied by the drugmaker, is what makes it highly addictive.

Thursday, May 5

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If You Don't Think Paul Manafort Can Get Trump Elected, You Don't Know Paul Manafort

Trump’s key adviser is a lobbyist known for reinventing tyrants.