Saturday, April 9


Mother for Hire

Immigrant nannies leave their own children behind to care for others’.

Rachel Aviv on the Longform Podcast

Something Uneasy in the Los Angeles Air

On the overstated effect of the Santa Ana winds on human behavior and the understated impact of climate change on LA’s seasons.

Friday, April 8


Car Trouble

Inside the lucrative, predatory, booming world of subprime car loans.


Secrets of the Little Blue Box

How phone phreakers, many of them blind, opened up Ma Bell to unlimited free international calling using a technical manual and a toy organ.


What the Hell Happened in East New York?

The story of a broken neighborhood.


The War on Planned Parenthood

“As an American woman, I currently have less reproductive autonomy than I would have had the day I was born.”

Thursday, April 7


1957 Man

A journey into the 1950s.


How My Hoarder Landlady Ruined My Life

Two floors of a building in prime Brooklyn for $1000 a month seemed too good to be true. It was.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Burglar"

The real-time intersection of race, crime, reality, and entertainment.


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



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.”

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