Thursday, October 16

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Interview: Johnny Depp

“I have a big cock in my living room.”

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Reelin’ in the Years

Reconsidering Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando.

Wednesday, October 15

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The Long Captivity of Michael Scott Moore

How a surfing writer kidnapped by Somali pirates was freed.

Longform Podcast #113: Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist and the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them.

"We mostly hear stories from big personalities who already have a spotlight on them. I think that everybody carries stories that are just as profound as the ones we hear from celebrities or whoever. I’m interested in the stories of people who don’t usually get to tell them. I think those are sometimes the most interesting."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Stradivarius Affair

The bungled theft of a $6 million violin.

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The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

When American and Iraqi soldiers were exposed to leftover chemical munitions from Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran, the Pentagon kept silent.

Tuesday, October 14

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The Split

Relief pitcher Donnie Moore is best known for giving up a crucial home run during Game 5 the 1986 ALCS. It’s not what led to his suicide a few years later.

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My Terrifying Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord

Inside the stronghold of Commander Pigeon, “collector of lost and exiled men.”

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Where the Tea Party Rules

A dispatch from Lima, Ohio.

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“If We Run and They Kill Us, So Be It. But We Have to Run Now.”

The Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped Boko Haram.

Monday, October 13

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Jackie's Goodbye

The cost of Alzheimer’s.