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Should Reddit Be Blamed for the Spreading of a Smear?

On an overcast day in early May, I traveled to suburban Philadelphia to visit the family of Sunil Tripathi, the deceased 22-year-old Brown University student who, for about four hours on the morning…
PUBLISHED: July 25, 2013
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6342 words)

How "This American Life" Made It To Episode 500

Ira Glass in his office with a 500-episode sized hangover. Image by Adrianne Mathiowetz Ask Ira Glass what it’s like to be nearing the 500th episode of his beloved public radio show This American…
PUBLISHED: July 11, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3304 words)

Hollywood Squares

“No politician does Colbert,” Senator Louis Laffer tells his staff on the new comedy Alpha House. “You’ve got no control, he makes you look like a horse’s…
PUBLISHED: June 28, 2013
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3110 words)

Why Did Jodon Romero Kill Himself On Live Television?

Image by John Gara/Buzzfeed Friday, Sept. 28, 2012Denny's, 75th Avenue and Interstate 10, Phoenix, about 10:45 a.m.No one knows for sure how long Jodon Romero
PUBLISHED: May 10, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4970 words)

In Virginia's Fairfax County, Robbing Banks for the CIA

In a white-walled interrogation room in a small Virginia police station last June, two detectives were trying to get Herson Torres to crack. Surveillance video tied him to two attempted bank…
PUBLISHED: April 18, 2013
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3109 words)

What are we losing in the Web’s images of suffering and schadenfreude?

The picture arrived on the front page of the New York Post, ignited a firestorm of controversy and then faded within the usual two to three news cycles. It showed a dark-haired man in a light-green…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 28, 2012
LENGTH: 2 minutes (568 words)

Longreads partners with 'The Atlantic'

Longreads, the long-form journalism aggregator founded by Mark Armstrong in 2009, has a struck a partnership with The Atlantic.Under the terms of the collaboration, The Atlantic's sales team will…

7 great reads: this year’s ASME finalists in feature/profile writing

Awards season continues with the announcement of the American Society of Magazine Editors’ finalists for the National Magazine Award. The organization this week honored 62 publications in…
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1504 words)

The Bad-Boy Brand

Late in February, in the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Indoor Stadium, in Pyongyang, North Korea, ten thousand stiff-looking spectators in gray Mao suits gathered to watch a basketball game. Vice Media, the…
PUBLISHED: April 8, 2013
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7859 words)