Thursday, April 7

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Interview: Susan Sarandon

“It never really worked for me to have long arguments about motivation. I think looking at your own life, on- and offscreen, you can motivate anything, or you can delude yourself into anything.”

Wednesday, April 6

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Ornery

A profile of Merle Haggard.

Longform Podcast #187: Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert has written for Spin, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of several books, including Eat, Pray, Love.

“I call it the platinum rule. The golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but the platinum rule is even higher: don’t be a dick.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Bombas, Squarespace, and Audible for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Gotta Dance!

Frankie Manning was the greatest swing dancer alive. Then the world forgot about him.

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Small But Supa Tough

Welcome to Wakaliwood, where a resourceful producer in the slums of Kampala makes action movies like Who Killed Captain Alex? Uganda’s First Action Movie for about $200 apiece.

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Dave Morton Is Quitting Everest. Maybe. (It's Complicated.)

After too many tragedies, a veteran guide may turn his back on the mountain.

Tuesday, April 5

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The Voyeur's Motel

Fifty years ago, Geraldo Foos bought the Manor House Motel. While his customers had sex, he watched from above and took scrupulous notes. Only three people in the world knew what he was doing: Foos, his wife, and the author.

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The CEO of Hamilton Inc.

A profile of Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller, whose show makes more than $500,000 in profit every week.

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Murders in the Night

How America’s first serial killer terrorized the city of Austin on Christmas Eve, 1885.

Excerpted from The Midnight Assassin.

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Solitude and Leadership

A speech on the value of being alone with your thoughts, delivered to the plebe class at West Point.

Monday, April 4

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Crowd Source

On a company that provides fake paparazzi, pretend campaign supporters, and counterfeit protesters on demand.