A draft dodger invents a pop music career for himself – without recording any songs.Jon Ronson on the Longform Podcast.
Wednesday, February 11
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.
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.”
A man in a small town in India builds local power by owning the only computer in his village.
Reconstructing the investigation into Rafik Hariri’s assassination, for which five men stand trial in absentia.
Tuesday, February 10
Trying to make sense our current age of disbelief.
Monday, February 9
Inside the world of special operations weather technicians, “the Department of Defense’s only commando forecasters.”
How one young American veteran got caught in the cobweb of Syrian rebel politics.