On the importance of the jingle business.
Monday, November 11
How living off food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry.
“Before I put down my phone, I took a picture of my son. I worried that if I didn’t I would never believe he had existed.”
Sunday, November 10
Returning to Forth Worth after two and a half defection years in the Soviet Union, Lee Harvey Oswald became friends with a Russian emigre family with a son of his age. After Kennedy was shot, they would be called on to translate the Secret Service interrogation of his young Russian wife.
The rise and fall of Intrade, the betting market for world events—elections, hurricanes, Academy Awards—and the death of its CEO near the top of Everest.
Saturday, November 9
An unlikely environmentalist exposes the natural gas industry’s leaky infrastructure.
Friday, November 8
A profile of former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired in April after a video of him berating players went viral.
Bibek Dhong traveled from Nepal to Malaysia to test cameras for the new iPhone 5. When production ended abruptly, he and his coworkers found themselves stranded for two months without money, food or passports.
It mostly had to do with Patch, the executive’s hyperlocal and unprofitable baby.
Thursday, November 7
Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill.
"When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the book there are a few Arabic names, some of the victims. Not that anyone cares. But I thought, 'At least somewhere there's a record of this.'"
- Wright on Longform
- [3:45] Generation Kill (2004)
- [10:00] "Scenes From My Life in Porn" (L.A. Weekly • Mar 2000)
- [12:15] A.J. Liebling’s New Yorker archive
- [14:15] "Big Red Son" (David Foster Wallace • Consider the Lobster • 1998) [pdf]
- [16:30] Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (D.T. Max • 2012)
- [18:15] Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the Gap, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America (2009)
- [28:00] "The Killer Elite" (Rolling Stone • Jul 2003)
- [30:30] Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese
- [33:30] Wikipedia: Christopher Isherwhood
- [39:30] Karl Taro Greenfield on Longform
- [48:30] "Pat Dollard's War on Hollywood" (Vanity Fair • Mar 2007)
- [57:00] American Desperado: My Life—From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset (with Jon Roberts • 2011)
- [1:00:00] How to Get Away with Murder in America: Drug Lords, Dirty Pols, Obsessed Cops, and the Quiet Man Who Became the CIA's Master Killer (Kindle Single • 2012)