Wednesday, February 11

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The Mystery of Mingering Mike

A draft dodger invents a pop music career for himself – without recording any songs.

Jon Ronson on the Longform Podcast.
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The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World With Logic

Walter Pitts, who helped develop the “first mechanistic theory of the mind,” was so brilliant he was once been invited to study with Bertrand Russell. He was also homeless.

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.