Longform The best non-fiction, past and present. http://www.tadbirkavir.com/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:06:16 -0400 en hourly 1 The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:06:15 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/the-china-connection-how-one-d-e-a-agent-cracked-a-global-fentanyl-ring http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13224 editors
Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source—until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota.

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Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source—until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "A Lost Day" Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:00:20 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/fiction-pick-of-the-week-a-lost-day-by-demisty-d-bellinger http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13217 editors
A violinist's intersection of talent, music, and desire.

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A violinist's intersection of talent, music, and desire.

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When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:00:18 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/when-angels-in-america-came-to-east-texas http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13223 editors
Twenty years ago my hometown made national headlines when the local college staged an internationally acclaimed play about gay men and the AIDS crisis. The people I grew up with are still feeling the aftershocks.

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Twenty years ago my hometown made national headlines when the local college staged an internationally acclaimed play about gay men and the AIDS crisis. The people I grew up with are still feeling the aftershocks.

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One Night at Mount Sinai Thu, 17 Oct 2019 08:00:16 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/one-night-at-mount-sinai http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13222 editors
How Aja Newman’s trip to the emergency room uncovered the abusive behavior of “rock star” physician David Newman, who ultimately pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse against his patients.

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How Aja Newman’s trip to the emergency room uncovered the abusive behavior of “rock star” physician David Newman, who ultimately pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse against his patients.

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The Truck Stop Killer Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:00:05 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/the-truck-stop-killer--2 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/8175 editors
When she was a 15-year-old runaway, the writer was nearly killed by a truck driver. Twenty-seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.

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When she was a 15-year-old runaway, the writer was nearly killed by a truck driver. Twenty-seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.

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When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:21:56 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/when-medical-debt-collectors-decide-who-gets-arrested http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13220 editors
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Longform Podcast #364: Nicholas Quah Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:07:07 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/longform-podcast-364-nicholas-quah http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13218 editors
Nicholas Quah founded and writes Hot Pod, a newsletter about the podcasting industry, and reviews podcasts for Vulture.

“I think to some extent I’m in love with the concept of momentum. Sheer velocity. It’s painful. It’s punishing. Physically, I’m worse off for it. But I feel like if I stop moving, something will fall. Something will break. And I’m over. It’s a horrible feeling.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, Audm, and Bayer for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Nicholas Quah founded and writes Hot Pod, a newsletter about the podcasting industry, and reviews podcasts for Vulture.

“I think to some extent I’m in love with the concept of momentum. Sheer velocity. It’s painful. It’s punishing. Physically, I’m worse off for it. But I feel like if I stop moving, something will fall. Something will break. And I’m over. It’s a horrible feeling.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, Audm, and Bayer for sponsoring this week's episode.

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A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:00:00 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/a-photographer-at-the-ends-of-the-earth http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13219 editors
Thomas Joshua Cooper risks his life to document the world’s remotest places.

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Thomas Joshua Cooper risks his life to document the world’s remotest places.

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Saving Aru Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:00:20 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/saving-aru http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13216 editors
The epic battle to save the islands that inspired the theory of evolution.

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The epic battle to save the islands that inspired the theory of evolution.

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The Obamanauts Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:30:17 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/the-obamanauts http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13215 editors
What is the defining achievement of Barack Obama?

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What is the defining achievement of Barack Obama?

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The Hell After ISIS Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:30:14 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/the-hell-after-isis http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/9614 editors
As ISIS retreats, new horrors emerge for a Sunni family.

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As ISIS retreats, new horrors emerge for a Sunni family.

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"You Are to Stand Down" Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:15:12 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/you-are-to-stand-down http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13214 editors
How NBC killed its Weinstein story.

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How NBC killed its Weinstein story.

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“It's the Dirty Little Secret That Everybody Knows About” Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:25:16 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/it-s-the-dirty-little-secret-that-everybody-knows-about http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13213 editors
On sleep deprivation in the NBA.

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On sleep deprivation in the NBA.

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My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:00:00 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/my-years-in-the-florida-shuffle-of-drug-addiction http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13212 editors
Cycling through relapse and recovery, and the industry that enables both.

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Cycling through relapse and recovery, and the industry that enables both.

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Las Marthas Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:00:28 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/las-marthas http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13210 editors
A visit to a colonial debutante ball in Texas, where girls wear hundred-pound dresses and pretend to be Martha Washington.

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A visit to a colonial debutante ball in Texas, where girls wear hundred-pound dresses and pretend to be Martha Washington.

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Sinners, Scalpers and the Search for God Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:04:38 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/sinners-scalpers-and-the-search-for-god http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13211 editors
Inside an international Mormon ticket reselling ring.

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Inside an international Mormon ticket reselling ring.

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When GoFundMe Gets Ugly Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:00:13 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/when-gofundme-gets-ugly http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13208 editors
The largest crowdfunding site in the world puts up a mirror to who we are and what matters most to us. Try not to look away.

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The largest crowdfunding site in the world puts up a mirror to who we are and what matters most to us. Try not to look away.

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The Harrowing Hours and Defiant Aftermath of the New Zealand Mosque Shootings Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:00:02 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/the-harrowing-hours-and-defiant-aftermath-of-the-new-zealand-mosque-shootings http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13209 editors
After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand was stunned to silence. But only momentarily.

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After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand was stunned to silence. But only momentarily.

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Black Theater Is Having a Moment. Thank Tyler Perry. (Seriously.) Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:00:29 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/black-theater-is-having-a-moment-thank-tyler-perry-seriously http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13206 editors
A circle of young black playwrights is doing some of the most vital work in American theater. And Perry is at its center.

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A circle of young black playwrights is doing some of the most vital work in American theater. And Perry is at its center.

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Is Amazon Unstoppable? Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:05:33 -0400 http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/is-amazon-unstoppable http://www.tadbirkavir.com/posts/13207 editors
Politicians want to rein in the retail giant. But Jeff Bezos, the master of cutthroat capitalism, is ready to fight back.

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Politicians want to rein in the retail giant. But Jeff Bezos, the master of cutthroat capitalism, is ready to fight back.

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