Wednesday, November 11


Worth the Risk?

Morcellation was supposed to make gynecological surgeries easier on women. Instead, is it killing them.

Longform Podcast #166: Ed Caesar

Ed Caesar is a freelance writer based in England whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, British GQ, and The Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon.

“That was a really horrific situation. People were being killed in the street in front of us. People were firing weapons in all directions. It was really chaotic and quite scary. It freaked me out. And I thought, ‘Actually, there's not a huge amount more of this I want to do in my life.’”

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Do We Not Bleed? - Inside the Stephen Lawrence Trial

In 1993 a black teenager in London was randomly stabbed to death by a gang of white youths. Twenty years later, they would be at the center of the trial of the decade.


Trial Offers Inside Look at the Fall of the Mafia

They were the New York crew that once pulled off the Lufthansa heist, one of the biggest thefts in American history and the basis for Goodfellas. Nearly 40 years later, most are dead. The survivors are old, broke, and snitching.


Lost at Sea: the Man Who Vanished for 14 Months

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him—for 438 days.

Previously: The Longform Guide: Lost at Sea

Tuesday, November 10


The Czarlings: Putin's Daughters

Putin's daughter Katerina has been attending college under the surname Tikhonova and is one of the top "acrobatic rock'n'roll dance" competitors in the world.

She is the also the rumored spouse of the son of one of Russia's richest bankers. While Putin reported only $119,000 on last year's tax return, his daughter's fortune could now stretch into the billions.


Inside Job

How Raj Rajaratnam and a McKinsey chairman made millions off a maid.


The Life and Times of Strider Wolf

When he was 2, Strider was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. Today, at 6, Strider lives with his grandparents in rural Maine, in and out of poverty, trying to make it.

Monday, November 9


Jill Lepore on Longform

From the insanity of U.S. gun law to the history of management consulting, the politics of Planned Parenthood to Wonder Woman’s feminist past — our favorite articles by Jill Lepore.


Politics and the New Machine

On the history of political polls, which have become more influential and less reliable over time.