Inside the lucrative — and illegal — business of elephant tusk trafficking.
Friday, February 21
Why 85-year-old Jacques-André Istel established a town (population: 2) on 2,600 acres in the middle of the Arizona desert (but not before becoming a sky diving legend, among other things).
The death of a runner and the “ongoing culture war between fitness enthusiasts and automobiles.”
Thursday, February 20
Wealthy businessman Merv Bodnarchuk put together a curling Dream Team. Then he put himself in the lineup.
“If we do nothing, we’re dead! We’re toast!”
An Englishman’s eighteen years of exile-by-choice.
Wednesday, February 19
Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Vanished.
"I despise the fucking nut graf. I think it's a joke, a cop out. The story probably should be about something larger than itself but if you have to tell people what that is, you've failed from the beginning. If they can't find it, you didn't put it there and you shouldn't be beating them over the head with it."
Thanks to TinyLetter and The Fog Horn for sponsoring this week's episode, and to the Writing Department at the University of Pittsburgh for hosting.
- Hylton on Longform
- [1:45] Longform Podcast #28: Joel Lovell (live)
- [2:15] Vanished (Riverhead Books• 2013)
- [7:45] "The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2013)
- [11:30] "The Return of the Trolls" (Baltimore Sun • Apr 1992)
- [24:15] Longform Podcast #66: Andy Ward
- [25:00] "There Goes the Neighborhood, Up in Flames" (Esquire • Aug 1999)
- [31:15] "Hot Enough For Ya?" (Esquire • Aug 2000)
- [35:45] "The People vs. Richard Cheney" (GQ • Mar 2007)
- [36:15] "Casualty of War" (GQ • Jun 2004)
- [36:15] "The Big, Bad Wolfowitz?" (GQ • Dec 2003)
- [41:45] "Meltdown" (GQ • Feb 2008)
- [42:30] "How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet" (New York Times Magazine • June 2013)
- [47:15] "What Happened to Air France Flight 447?" (New York Times Magazine • May 2011)
Over the course of 25 years, he’s repeatedly toyed with the idea of running for president and now, maybe, governor of New York. With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king.
The dissolution of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng’s marriage amidst evidence of her affairs with Tony Blair and Eric Schmidt.
Inside the criminal operation illegally buying, selling and killing tigers – and selling their meat at the local butcher.