Wednesday, October 8

Longform Podcast #112: Don Van Natta Jr.

Don Van Natta Jr., a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, writes for ESPN and is the author of several books, including Wonder Girl.

"The nature of the kind of work I do as an investigative reporter, every story you do is going to get attacked and the tires are going to get kicked. It’s going to get scrutinized down to every phrase and down to every letter. You have to have multiple sources for key facts on this type of story. We set out to get that and we got it."

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Show Notes »

The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.

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The Best Monster

A hardcore night of Dungeons & Dragons with artist Zak Smith and his coterie of porn star players.


The Empire of Edge

How a doctor and an S.A.C. trader got entangled in a financial scandal.

Tuesday, October 7


Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay

A pair of gamblers and a glitch too good to last.


The Price of Black Ambition

“I am having a moment, but I only want more. I need more. I cannot merely be good enough because I am chased by the pernicious whispers that I might only be ‘good enough for a black woman.’”


Drones and Everything After

What happens when humans get superpowers.

Monday, October 6


George Clooney, South Sudan and How the World's Newest Nation Imploded

How celebrity-led humanitarian aid exacerbated a crisis.


The Plane That Fell From the Sky

The story of TWA Flight 841.

Hear Buzz Bissinger discuss this story, a Pultizer finalist now available online for the first time, on the Longform Podcast.

Zadie Smith's Longform Archive

On losing your father, the Facebook generation and the Zen of Eminem — browse our full archive of essays and short stories by Zadie Smith.


Find Your Beach

On loving and hating and living in Manhattan.