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.


The Hezbollah Connection

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

Tuesday, February 10


Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

Trying to make sense our current age of disbelief.


Joni Mitchell, Unyielding

The singer-songwriter has a calico cat named Nietzsche.


The Company Man

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



Recalling a sexual assault.

Monday, February 9


Send in the Weathermen

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


Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

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


The Bro Code

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


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


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.