Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.
How a group of hippie surfers and a former Spanish teacher built the largest weed-smuggling empire on the West Coast.
Previously: Bearman discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
How Bert Schneider, a well-heeled Hollywood producer with a coke problem and a soft spot for radical politics, smuggled Huey Newton, the leader of the Black Panthers who was awaiting trial on a murder charge, into Cuba in 1974.