Friday, June 19


Can Politico Make Brussels sexy?

A New York gossip reporter makes her way in the wilds of European bureaucracy.


Pop Punk Voice

Linguistics and a Blink-182 song.

Thursday, June 18


L.A. to Nepal

The work of California Task Force Two, the “Seal Team Six of disaster aid.”



The intricacies of a delicate operation.

Excerpted from Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery


Battleground America

On the insanity of U.S. gun laws.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Republic of Bad Taste"

Secrets, dangers, and murder in a German police state.

"Andreas didn’t know what to say. What he wanted was for her to come and live in the basement of the rectory with him. He could protect her, home-school her, practice English with her, train her as a counsellor for at-risk youth, and be her friend, the way King Lear imagined being friends with Cordelia, following the news of the court from a distance, laughing at who was in, who was out. Maybe in time they’d be a couple, the couple in the basement, leading their own private life."


Tales from the eBay Crypt

The rewards and pitfalls of selling haunted objects.

Wednesday, June 17


The Wetsuitman

Two bodies wash up in Northern Europe, wearing identical wetsuits. The search for their identities leads authorities to a camp in Calais.

Longform Podcast #146: Rembert Browne

Rembert Browne is a staff writer at Grantland.

“I'm ok with not being at my most refined online at all times. It's happening in real time and some of that is therapeutic. I could write a lot this stuff privately, but I'd rather just hit publish and see what happens. It's a weird world. But I'm super deep in.”

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Preying on Prisoners

On the penalties imposed – or not – on prison guards who have sex with inmates.


Displaced in the D.R.

A nation strips 210,000 of citizenship and sets the stage for mass deportations.

Tuesday, June 16


The Aftershocks of a Tea-Party Suicide

How a bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran led to an illegal photo in a nursing home, a flurry of arrests, and the death of the man who brought the Tea Party to Mississippi.