“We don’t meander at the beginning of the story, making the assumption that people will just hang out with us. When we produced the latest episodes of Bee and PuppyCat, we didn’t have a theme song, which is how TV cartoons open. We just started the story.”
Monday, May 4
Following two leading figures of the #BlackLivesMatter movement through five months of protests.Jay Caspian Kang on the Longform Podcast
Harsh sentences have given us an aging prison population, and all the medical problems that come with age are beginning to choke the system.
Sunday, May 3
John Beale was an exemplary employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also led a double life, though not the rumored one at the CIA his colleagues whispered about.
The musicians of Mali find themselves in the middle of a civil war.
A steep discount on pharmaceutical drugs leads to a mass-murder case.
Saturday, May 2
Arthur Mondella took over his family’s maraschino cherry business reluctantly. But once he had it, he started a second enterprise. Behind an unmarked roll-down gate, behind some of his prized luxury cars, behind a pair of closet doors, behind a set of button-controlled shelves, behind a fake wall and down a ladder in a hole in the floor, Mondella built a 2,500-square-foot marijuana factory. When the police finally found it, he shot himself.
The multimillionaire David Gundlach had trouble, all his life, reading social cues. For reasons no one quite understands, he left most of his fortune to Elkhart, Indiana.
On the second-class status of women film directors.
Friday, May 1
“Quebec is the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup,” and it has the authoritarian regulatory regime to prove it.