A six-part series on a Minnesota farm family facing with the worst U.S. agricultural crisis since the Depression. Winner of 1986 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Tuesday, August 5
Louis Scarcella was a star New York City detective in the ’80s and ’90s, cracking cases no one else could. Now it appears that many of the people he put away were innocent, forced into false confessions and convicted with testimony from flimsy witnesses. Scarcella maintains that he did nothing wrong, despite evidence against him much stronger than in many of his cases.
Previously: Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast.
Monday, August 4
On the coast of Abu Dhabi, gilded outposts of the Louvre, the Guggenheim and New York University are being built by foreign workers who cannot leave and are paid half of what they were promised.
In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters. The case hinged on the testimony of a jailhouse informant named Johnny E. Webb. Today, Webb says he lied.
Previously: "Trial By Fire," David Grann's 2009 article on the Willingham case.
“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”
What U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has seen in Russia since he arrived two and a half years ago.
Sunday, August 3
The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.
A profile of celebrity cat Lil BUB and the man who was contemplating bankruptcy before he found her.
Barack Obama on Africa, Putin and the gap between what CEOs tell him over lunch and what they tell their lobbyists.
Saturday, August 2
An excerpt from Murakami's forthcoming novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.