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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Once Upon a Jihad

Life and death with the young and radicalized.


Huge News! The Penis Implant Is Here

The Los Angeles surgeon who can double your size for $13,000.

Previously: The Longform Guide to the Phallus


He's the Best

“On paper, [DJ Khaled] doesn't make a whole lot of sense. He's released eight full-length albums but doesn't actually rap on any of them. He's perhaps the most quoted figure in hip-hop, able to create viral catch phrases with an ease that marketing executives dream about. He's played a serious role in the hip-hop industry throughout his career, yet he's perceived almost exclusively as a meme by fans across the nation.”

Tuesday, January 26


The Day the Mesozoic Died

How a father and son solved the mystery of the dinosaurs’ demise.


The Wreck of Amtrak 188

The search for answers after the worst American rail disaster in decades.


Hillary Clinton Wants to Talk to You About Love and Kindness

It’s been 46 years since she gave her famous commencement address at Wellesley. What she was trying to say then—that politics is personal, that she believes in human connection above all else—she is trying to say again in 2016. Maybe she’s been trying to say it all along.

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.


Baby Doe

Government agencies have been trying to protect children for nearly 200 years. They are still failing.

Monday, January 25


Meet the Man Who Wants to be President, and Then Live Forever

A week on the campaign trail in the coffin-shaped Immortality Bus with Zoltan Istvan, the presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party.


The Sex Machine

The rise of the king of American swingers.