Monday, January 12

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The Edward Snowdens of 1971

In March 1971, John and Bonnie Raines broke into an FBI office, stealing documents that revealed that the government was spying on its own citizens. Today, they’re hailed as heroes. Is this what the future holds for Edward Snowden?

Sunday, January 11

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The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills

Cheryl Shuman has been a coupon queen, an optician to the stars and the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Steven Segal. Now she’s the face of the high-end weed market.


More: The Longform Guide to Weed.
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Artists in Uniform

"The Colonel went out sailing. He spoke with Turk and Jew . . ."
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The Art of Fiction No. 90: Robert Stone

An interview with the novelist, who died on Saturday.

“There’s only one subject for fiction or poetry or even a joke: how it is. In all the arts, the payoff is always the same: recognition. If it works, you say that’s real, that’s truth, that’s life, that’s the way things are. ‘There it is.’”
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No Matter How Your Heart Is Grieving: Disney for the Sad

Visiting Disney World during times of loss and sorrow.

Saturday, January 10

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Taking Care of Our Own

The dilemma of providing quality health care for undocumented immigrants, and how one city is attempting to solve it.

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The Lost Girls

Inside the world of underground sex trafficking in Houston.

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Mainline Street

What does it take for heroin to grab hold in the small, remote towns of America? Like any business, it starts with one man and an entrepreneurial dream.


"If you'd like to relive your horrible moment, if you want people to know what actually happened, talk to me. I will tell your story." — Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast

Friday, January 9

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The Murder That Has Obsessed Italy

“‘It’s like a novel,’ a newspaper editor once told me, shaking his head. When I recently asked Ruggeri, the chief investigator, to sum up the case, she stared at her desk and just said ‘incredible’ four times.”

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A River Runs Through It

A biography of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios.


“So the stakes are high. I’m not just writing this to write. I’m writing because I think there’s something I need to say.” — Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the Longform Podcast
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Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley

Untouched by Western journalists except in the presence of American troops, Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley was once the most violent part of the Afghan War.

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Addict, Priest, Luchador

The unbelievable life of Fray Tormenta.