Wednesday, June 17

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The Wetsuitman

Two bodies wash up in Northern Europe, wearing identical wetsuits. The search for their identities leads authorities to a camp in Calais.

Longform Podcast #146: Rembert Browne

Rembert Browne is a staff writer at Grantland.

“I'm ok with not being at my most refined online at all times. It's happening in real time and some of that is therapeutic. I could write a lot this stuff privately, but I'd rather just hit publish and see what happens. It's a weird world. But I'm super deep in.”

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Preying on Prisoners

On the penalties imposed – or not – on prison guards who have sex with inmates.

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Displaced in the D.R.

A nation strips 210,000 of citizenship and sets the stage for mass deportations.

Tuesday, June 16

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The Aftershocks of a Tea-Party Suicide

How a bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran led to an illegal photo in a nursing home, a flurry of arrests, and the death of the man who brought the Tea Party to Mississippi.

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Can Thusilie Madonsela Save South Africa From Itself?

On being South Africa’s “public protector,” charged with watching over the people who once liberated it.

Alexis Okewo on the Longform Podcast.
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The Kerouac Legacy

The “insane playfulness, deliberate infantilism, nutty haikus, naked stripteases, free-form chants and literary war dances of the beats” and their leader.

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Flight Pattern

Tracking the humble hummingbird down to Belize.

Monday, June 15

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Rise of al-Qaida Sahara Terrorist

A profile of Moktar Belmoktar, Al-Qaida’s “most difficult employee,” who was responsible for a major attack on an Algerian BP plant and, according to U.S. and Libyan forces, was killed in an air strike on Sunday.

Rukmini Callimachi on the Longform Podcast.
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At Rest in the Fields

A dispatch from Eloise Woods, a natural burial ground where bodies are consigned directly to the earth.

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The Death Treatment

The legalizing of euthanasia is usually seen as a advancement in human rights. But is it appropriate for cases of non-terminal illness?