Wednesday, February 11

Longform Podcast #128: Jack Shafer

Jack Shafer covers the media for Politico.

“This is a true story, not a ‘Brian Williams story’: my first report card said ‘Jack is a very good student, but he has a tendency to start fights on the playground and bring them back into the classroom.’ That's been my career style — start a fight and bring it back to the classroom.”

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The Fixer

A man in a small town in India builds local power by owning the only computer in his village.

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The Hezbollah Connection

Reconstructing the investigation into Rafik Hariri’s assassination, for which five men stand trial in absentia.

Tuesday, February 10

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Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

Trying to make sense our current age of disbelief.

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Joni Mitchell, Unyielding

The singer-songwriter has a calico cat named Nietzsche.

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The Company Man

The rise and fall of former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson.

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Rape-Rape

Recalling a sexual assault.

Monday, February 9

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Send in the Weathermen

Inside the world of special operations weather technicians, “the Department of Defense’s only commando forecasters.”

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Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

How one young American veteran got caught in the cobweb of Syrian rebel politics.

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The Bro Code

Booze, sex, and the dark art of dealmaking in China.

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The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton wanted to be a civil rights leader in the mold of Martin Luther King, Jr. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Sunday, February 8

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Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma

The dramatic liberties a much-heralded film takes with historical fact show how hard it is to get complexity onto the big screen.