Thirty-Three Hit Wonder
A profile of Billy Joel, resident of Long Island who takes a helicopter ride to his monthly job at Madison Square Garden.
Published: Oct. 20, 2014
Length: 41 minutes (10384 words)
Life's Swell
The Outside magazine article that inspired the movie 'Blue Crush.'
Author: Susan Orlean
Source: Outside
Published: Sept. 1, 1998
Office Politics

How the Business-Industry Political Action Committee is teaching corporate America how to make sure its employees vote for the right candidates and causes.

Source: Salon
Published: Oct. 15, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3827 words)
By Noon They'd Both Be in Heaven
The story of Kelli Stapleton, who attempted to kill her autistic daughter.
Author: Hanna Rosin
Published: Oct. 19, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7708 words)
The Intersection Between Religion and Mental Health: A Reading List
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Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 19, 2014
Eye of the Storm
Following the shooting of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Burger Bar & More has become a community gathering place to serve food and facilitate conversation.
Published: Oct. 17, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6779 words)
Bias in the Box

For capital juries across America, race still plays a role in who gets to serve—and inevitably, who gets sentenced to death.

Source: VQR
Published: Oct. 9, 2014
Length: 45 minutes (11490 words)
Rental America: Why the Poor Pay $4,150 for a $1,500 Sofa
Rent-to-own stores offer low-income Americans a chance to own some of the material rewards of a middle class life—but at a much higher price.
Author: Chico Harlan
Published: Oct. 16, 2014
Length: 8 minutes (2200 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New York Times, Cincinnati Magazine, The New Republic, California Sunday Magazine, and Lapham's Quarterly.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 17, 2014
In Conversation: Sam Lipsyte and Diane Cook
Writers Sam Lipsyte and Diane Cook correspond with one another about their craft. Cook compares what it was like putting together stories as a producer for This American Life to writing stories for herself.
Source: Granta
Published: Oct. 9, 2014
Length: 9 minutes (2412 words)
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