Friday, August 15

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Paper Boys

Inside the dark, lucrative world of consumer debt collection.

Excerpted from Bad Paper.

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Trouble in Paradise

Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.

Thursday, August 14

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What I Saw in Ferguson

“What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe.”

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MLB Game-Fixing Investigation Uncovers Lies, Luck and Hard Feelings

This is what happens when you concoct game-fixing allegations against a Major League pitcher because of a perceived slight on Facebook.

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Money in the Bank

Professional wrestling as the epitome of American capitalism.

Wednesday, August 13

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Who Is Charlie Crist? The Answer Is Complicated

A profile of Florida’s former (and perhaps future) governor.

Longform Podcast #104: Lewis Lapham

Lewis Lapham, formerly the editor of Harper's, is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly.

"The best part of my job was to come across a manuscript. You never knew what would show up. ... I always had the sense of opening a present, hoping to be both delighted and surprised. Often I was disappointed. But when I wasn't, it was a lot of fun. And word got around that I was that kind of an editor, that I was willing to try anything if you could make it interesting."

Thanks to TinyLetter and GoDaddy for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall at 86.

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The Most Wanted Man in the World

Catching up with Edward Snowden in Moscow.

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The Price of Cold

On frozen dumplings, industrial freezers, and what the future could hold after China’s burgeoning refrigeration boom.

Tuesday, August 12

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The Tuber

Navigating the alligator-infested rivers of North Florida.