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A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.

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    Episode 466: Anita Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 45:08

    Anita Hill is a professor and author. Her new book is Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence. "I really do feel that my life now has purpose. And my responsibility really is to live out that purpose as much as possible. The reason that this isn't entirely daunting is that I realize I am one individual. And that the issues will not depend on me entirely. … But I also realize that every person who has the opportunity should be involved, and that includes me." Show notes: @AnitaHill 00:00 Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking • 2021) 01:00 Because of Anita (Pineapple Street Studios • 2021) 01:00 Getting Even with Anita Hill (Pushkin Industries) 01:00 "Believing Is A Book Only Anita Hill Could Have Written" (Danielle Kurtzleben • NPR • Sep 2021) 33:00 "The Bad Guys Are Winning" (Anne Applebaum • The Atlantic • Nov 2021) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 465: Ben Austen and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 64:00


    Ben Austen is a journalist and the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Together they host the podcast Some of My Best Friends Are. ”We're not pretending to have all the answers, but we are attempting to say, ‘this is a real issue and it can't be covered up by simply ignoring it.' And if you can see it for what it is and all of its full dimensions, you have a better shot at bringing people along to get the work done to fix it.” Show notes: @ben_austen @KhalilGMuhammad Austen on Longform Muhammad on Longform 01:00 High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing (Ben Austen • HarperCollins • 2019) 01:00 The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Khalil Gibran Muhammad • Harvard University Press • 2019) 01:00 "The Barbaric History of Sugar in America" (Khalil Gibran Muhammad • New York Times Magazine • Aug 2019) 29:00 Some of My Friends Are, "Critical Race Theory in the Classroom" (Pushkin Industries • Sep 2021) 36:00 "And So Jedidiah Brown Gave All of Himself to the City He Loved" (Ben Austen • Huffington Post • Sep 2017) 43:00 Some of My Friends Are, "European Prisons vs. American Prisons" (Pushkin Industries • Sep 2021) 43:00 "Race and Racism Through the Lens of an Interracial Friendship" (The Brian Lehrer Show • Sep 2021) 54:00 Some of My Friends Are, "Fighting Inequities Through Art" (Pushkin Industries • Nov 2021) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 464: Casey Johnston

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 47:52

    Casey Johnston is a journalist and editor who writes the column "Ask A Swole Woman," which now appears in her newsletter is ”She's a Beast.” ”I feel more comfortable lately with a sort of beloved-local-restaurant level of success. What's nice about Substack is that we've come to this place that I hope lasts where we can have this sort of local restaurant relationship with writers, or I can have that with readers, where I don't have to be part of this big machine in order to do something that I really like.” Show notes: @caseyjohnston caseyjohnston.net She's A Beast newsletter Ask a Swole Woman at VICE 13:00 My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers (Caity Weaver • Gawker • Jul 2014) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 463: Mitchell S. Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 61:16


    Mitchell S. Jackson is a journalist and author. His profile of Ahmaud Arbery, ”Twelve Minutes and a Life,” won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. ”What is 'great'? 'Great' isn't really sales, right? No one cares what James Baldwin sold. So: Are you doing the important work?” Show notes: @MitchSJackson mitchellsjackson.com Jackson on Longform 00:00 "Twelve Minutes and a Life" (Runner's World • Jun 2020) 01:00 Pafko at the Wall (Don DeLillo • Scribner • 2001) 03:00 "Ahmaud Arbery's Final Minutes: What Videos and 911 Calls Show" (Malachy Browne, Drew Jordan, Dmitriy Khavin and Ainara Tiefenthaler • New York Times • May 2020) 12:00 "We Went to Vegas to Wring Joy From Heartbreak" (New York Times Magazine • Sep 2021) 16:00 Survival Math (Scribner • 2020) 24:00 The Residue Years (Bloomsbury • 2014) 29:00 "Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Spanbauer Share Writing Secrets" (Jeff Baker • Oregonian • May 2014) 34:00 "When Michael B. Jordan Promises to Come Home, He Means It" (Esquire • Nov 2019) 36:00 "Chris Rock's Plan for Immortality" (Esquire • May 2021) 44:00 "Prison" (Richard Just, Editor • Washington Post • Oct 2019) 44:00 "Calendars" (Washington Post • Oct 2019) 45:00 Olio (Tyehimba Jess • Wave Books • 2016) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 462: Ben Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 60:07

    Ben Smith is the media columnist for The New York Times. He was the founding editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News. ”I do think there's some kind of personality flaw deep in there of wanting to like, you know, find stuff out and tell people.... I'm not sure that's a totally sane or healthy personality trait, but it is definitely, for me, a personality trait…. I think that in political reporting, certainly, there's a kind of reporter who thinks that their job is basically to pull the masks off of these monsters. And I generally tend to think all these people—with some exceptions—are weird and complicated and often doing really awful things. But they aren't necessarily irredeemable or impossible to understand…. They're interesting.” Show notes: @benyt Smith on Longform Smith on Longform Podcast Smith's New York Times archive Smith's BuzzFeed News archive 04:00 "Goldman Sachs, Ozy Media and a $40 Million Conference Call Gone Wrong" (New York Times • Sept 2021) 11:00 "At Axel Springer, Politico's New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment" (New York Times • Oct 2021) 11:00 "Powerful German Newspaper Ousts Editor After Times Report on Workplace Behavior" (New York Times • Oct 2021) 15:00 "Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists" (BuzzFeed News • Nov 2014) 15:00 "Starting Trouble With Times Media Columnist Ben Smith" (New York Magazine • Sept 2020) 15:00 "Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types" (Dahlia Lithwick • Slate • Jun 2012) 21:00 "Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won't Stop" (New York Times • Feb 2021) 21:00 "An Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star" (New York Times • Oct 2020) 22:00 "What's Really Happening At The New York Times" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2019) 23:00 "Why the Success of The New York Times May Be Bad News for Journalism" (New York Times • Mar 2020) 23:00 "Exclusive: New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Has Been Running the Gray Lady from L.A." (Kali Hays • Los Angeles Magazine • July 2021) 24:00 "Why Hasn't the New York Times Made Ben Smith Sell His BuzzFeed Options Yet?" (Justin Peters • Slate • Oct 2021) 27:00 David Carr's New York Times archive 33:00 "Muslims Barred from Picture at Obama Event" (Politico • Jun 2008) 36:00 "Ghostwriting" (Alex Sujong Laughlin • Study Hall • Oct 2021) 38:00 "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia" (Ken Bensigner, Miriam Elder, Mark Schoofs • BuzzFeed News • Jan 2017) 40:00 Platformer (Casey Newton) 40:00 Garbage Day (Ryan Broderick) 40:00 Ask Polly (Heather Havrilesky) 40:00 Ask Molly (Heather Havrilesky) 41:00 70 Over 70 (Max Linsky • Pineapple Street Studios) 41:00 "What's the Key to a Good Life? Ask the People Who've Lived Long Enough to Know." (Margaret Sullivan • The Washington Post • May 2021) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 461: Jay Caspian Kang

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:10

    Jay Caspian Kang is a contributor at New York Times Magazine. His new book is The Loneliest Americans. ”I have a lot of thoughts and talk to people to make sure my thoughts are right, or change them because I think they're wrong. What more does one want out of an intellectual life? It's good work.” Show notes: @jaycaspiankang Kang on Longform Kang on Longform Podcast (Apr 2013) Kang on Longform Podcast (Aug 2017) Kang's New York Times Magazine newsletter 5:00 "The High Is Always the Pain and the Pain Is Always the High" (The Morning News • Oct 2010) 12:00 "Bing Liu Sees Skateboarding as a Tool for Life" (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2019) 35:00 Time To Say Goodbye podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 460: Mary Roach

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 58:48


    Mary Roach is the author of seven nonfiction books, including her latest, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. "In these realms of the taboo, there's a tremendous amount of material that is really interesting, but that people have stayed away from. ... I'm kind of a bottom feeder. It's down there on the bottom where people don't want to go. But if that's what it takes to find interesting, new material, I'm fine with it. I don't care. I'm not easily grossed out. I don't feel that there's any reason why we shouldn't look at this. And over time, I started to feel that ... the taboo was preventing people from having conversations that it would be healthy to have." Show notes: @mary_roach maryroach.net Roach on Longform 01:00 Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (W.W. Norton • 2021) 01:00 Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (W.W. Norton • 2003) 01:00 Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (W.W. Norton • 2008) 01:00 Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (W.W. Norton • 2010) 01:00 Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (W.W. Norton • 2014) 02:00 "Cute Inc." (Wired • Dec 1999) 12:00 Roach's Salon archive 46:00 "Hot Seat" (Discover • Mar 1998) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 459: E. Alex Jung

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 47:48

    E. Alex Jung is a senior writer for Vulture and New York.  ”When I'm in that space, I try to be a sponge. I'll just absorb whatever's happening or going on, and I'll be down to do mostly anything. I was actually thinking recently about what my limits would be in a profile. I was like—heroin? I don't think I would do that.” Show notes: @e_alexjung Jung on Longform Jung's Vulture archive 4:00 "Come as You Are" (The Morning News • Apr 2012) 15:00 "Real Talk With RuPaul" (Vulture • Mar 2016) 18:00 "Bong Joon-ho's Dystopia Is Already Here" (New York • Oct 2019) 24:00 "Michaela the Destroyer" (New York • Jul 2020) 26:00 "The Joke Was Never on Jennifer Coolidge" (Vulture • Jul 2021) 31:00 "Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her Mind" (Vulture • Jul 2020) 34:00 "The Only One" (Hilton Als • New Yorker • Nov 1994) 39:57 "Anthony Veasna So Knew He Was a Star" (Vulture • Aug 2021) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 458: Max Chafkin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 49:34

    Max Chafkin is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek. His new book is The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power. “I think there's like a really good way to come up with story ideas where you basically just look for people who have given TED Talks and figure out what they're lying about. And there's also a tendency in the press to pump up these startups based on those stories…. It's worth taking a critical look at these stars of the moment. Because often there's not as much there as we think. And if you're talking about Theranos or something, there's some potential to do harm—but also it means that maybe more worthwhile efforts are not getting the attention they deserve.” Show notes: @chafkin maxchafkin.com Chafkin on Longform Chafkin's Bloomberg Businessweek archive 02:00 "Anything Could Happen" (Inc. • Mar 2008) 09:00 "A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World" (Fast Company • Apr 2014) 15:00 The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power (Penguin Press • 2021) 22:00 Conspiracy: A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire's Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire (Portfolio • 2019) 25:00 "The Education of a Libertarian" (Peter Thiel • Cato Unbound • Apr 2009) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 457: Hannah Giorgis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 57:41

    Hannah Giorgis is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Her latest feature is "Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America.” ”In general, when we talk about representation, we talk about what we see on our screens. We're talking about actors, we're talking about who are the lead characters, what are the storylines that they're getting. And I'm always interested in that. But I'm really, really interested in power ... how it operates, and process.” Show notes: @hannahgiorgis hannahgiorgis.com 01:00 "Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America” (The Atlantic • Sep 2021) 05:00 "How the '90s Kinda World of Living Single Lives on Today" (The Atlantic • Aug 2018) 05:00 Longform Podcast #165: Jazmine Hughes 17:00 "Corporate America's $50 Billion Promise" (Tracy Jan, Jena McGregor, Meghan Hoyer • Washington Post • Aug 2021) 23:00 "tattoo this article on my back." (Issa Rae • Twitter) 25:00 "One Of The World's Best Long Distance Runners Is Now Running For His Life" (Buzzfeed • Nov 2016) 27:00 "The Fleeting Promise of a Peaceful Ethiopia" (The Atlantic • Apr 2021) 36:00 "Episode 5: Young East African Girl (with Hannah Giorgis)" ( Tracy Clayton, Heben Nigatu • Another Round • Apr 2015) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 456: Sarah A. Topol

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 54:16

    Sarah A. Topol is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. Her latest feature is ”Is Taiwan Next?” ”I think you never actually ask people head-on about what they've been through. You always ask people to just tell you what they want to tell you about anything that has happened to them…. This event that happened to you, it doesn't define you. It's not why I'm here necessarily. Like, tell me about your childhood. Tell me about your life. Tell me about the things you think are important in your community. And by the time we get to the traumatic part, I hope they've seen enough of who I am and how I interview to feel comfortable telling me that they don't want to talk about certain things.” Show notes: @satopol sarahatopol.com Topol on Longform 01:00 "Is Taiwan Next?" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2021) 03:00 "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2019) 03:00 "Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram" (New York Times Magazine • Jun 2017) 03:00 "Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn't Matter." (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2020) 03:00 "He Played by the Rules of Putin's Russia, Until He Didn't: The Story of a Murder" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 2019) 03:00 "Sons and Daughters" (Harper's • Aug 2017) 03:00 "This is How You Start a War: Libya's Frantic Fight for the Future" (GQ • Jun 2011) 12:00 "The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away" (Outside • Jun 2016) 30:00 The Beach (Alex Garland • Riverhead • 1997) 37:00 "Tea and Kidnapping" (Atlantic • Oct 2012) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 455: Lawrence Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 47:05


    Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. ”There's nothing more important about a person than their story. In a way, that's who we are. And yet, memories fade and people die. So those stories disappear and the job of the journalist is to go out before that happens and accumulate the kinds of stories that are going to help us understand who we are, why we are, where we are right now in time, and try to thread those stories into a coherent narrative. In a way, you give it a kind of immortality. And that's a big job. It's a great privilege.” Show notes: @lawrence_wright 00:30 Longform Podcast #83: Lawrence Wright 01:00 God Save Texas: a Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Vintage Books • 2019) 01:00 The End of October (Penguin Random House • 2020) 05:30 "Back in Egypt" (The New Yorker • April 2002) 18:30 "The Plague Year" (The New Yorker • Jan 2021) 19:00 "Zawahiri at the Helm" (The New Yorker • June 2011) 35:00 Remembering Satan A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory (Penguin Random House • 1995) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 454: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 57:04

    Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are documentary filmmakers. Their latest miniseries is Allen v. Farrow. ”We're constantly looking for those moments that happen before the story is ever told. Or those moments where someone is deciding to tell a story or is going through a process that they think is private… We think there's something about getting the moment before the first moment that people normally see.. Show notes: janedoefilms.com 00:00 Exit Scam (Aaron Lammer and Lane Brown • Treats Media • 2021) 00:00 70 over 70 (Max Linsky • Pineapple Street Studios • 2021) 00:00 The Mastermind: A True Story of Murder, Empire, and a New Kind of Crime Lord (Ratliff • Random House • 2020) 00:00 Allen v. Farrow (HBO Documentary Films • 2021) 01:00 The Hunting Ground (CNN Films, Radius • 2015) 01:00 The Invisible War (Cinedigm, Docurama Films • 2012) 01:00 On the Record (HBO Max Original • 2020) 04:00 Sick (Kirby Dick • 1997) 05:00 Derrida (Zeitgeist Films • 2002) 07:00 Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (Kirby Dick • Zeitgeist Films • 1985) 26:00 Apropos of Nothing (Woody Allen • Skyhorse Publishing • 2020) 31:00 Twist of Faith (Kirby Dick • HBO • 2004) 51:00 Allen v. Farrow Podcast (HBO • 2021) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 453: Roger Bennett

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 45:56


    Roger Bennett is a co-host of Men In Blazers and the author of (Re)born in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home. “So much of my work is about human tenacity. That value of perseverance, of driving onwards. I believe life is about darkness and happiness. I believe that nothing is given, you fight for everything. And how you operate in moments of doubt and darkness ultimately define you. So I talk a lot as a professional about tenacity. What I've never linked that to before was my own biography. What did surprise me when I read the book as not being about me, but just read it as a book, was how bloody tenacious I was in fleeting moments of real awfulness.” Show notes: @rogbennett 23:30 "The Men in Blazers Show with John Stones and Alex Caruso" (The Men in Blazers Show • March 2021) 29:30 Men in Blazers 29:30 NHL Now 29:30 Band of Brothers podcast 29:30 HBO's Succession Podcast 33:30 "Pat Maroon" (Men in Blazers on Ice) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 452: Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 56:40

    Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang are reporters for the New York Times. They are coauthors of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination. “There are two types of reporters. There are reporters who date and reporters who marry. I think both Cecilia and I are reporters who marry our sources and by that I mean they are lifelong sources. It's not a relationship that you build quickly. It's one where you have to really let them get to know you as a journalist, show them that you are always going to be honest and do what you say and protect their anonymity and that you're not biased. I think some reporters make mistakes in that they try to curry favor with sources by writing things they think the sources will like and I think sources actually respect you more when you show them: no I am accurate and I am honest and I am objective and I'm actually going to check what you tell me so that I know it's true and you know I am doing my homework on everything.” Show notes: @sheeraf @ceciliakangf 31:30 "Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis" (Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas • New York TImes • 2018) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 451: Julie K. Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 50:27

    Julie K. Brown is an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald. Her new book is Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story. “No reporter wants to be a part of the story. ... But the one thing I know is that the authorities weren't going to do anything about this unless it stayed in the news and there was pressure. And I thought the only way to do pressure was to continue to write stories and to be in their face by going on TV. So I took advantage of the fact that I am sort of a part of this story in the hope that it would pressure authorities to do something about it.” Show notes @jkbjournalist 00:00 Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story (Dey Street Books • 2021) 01:00 "Perversion of Justice" (Miami Herald • Nov 2018) 10:00 "Cruel and Unusual" (Miami Herald • 2014) 10:00 "In Miami Gardens, Store Video Catches Cops in the Act" (Miami Herald • Nov 2013) 11:00 "Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death" (Miami Herald • May 2014) 17:00 Series on women's prison (Miami Herald • July 2017) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 450: Doree Shafrir

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 49:24


    Doree Shafrir is a co-host of the podcast Forever35, the former executive editor of Buzzfeed, and the author of the new memoir Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer.”Right now I can make my living from podcasting, but I don't know what the advertising market for podcasts is going to look like in five years or even one year. The blog advertising market cratered. So one of the challenges of being my own ‘brand' is that I always do have to think about, what is the next thing? Because in my experience in media, nothing is ever good for too long.” Thanks to Mailchimp and The London Review of Books for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @doree doree-shafrir.com Shafrir on Longform 02:00 Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer (Ballantine Books • 2021) 06:00 "The Hipster Grifter" (New York Observer • Apr 2009) 08:00 Shafrir's New York Observer archive 16:00 "Chuck Klosterman, the Author Photos" (Slate • Aug 2006) 24:00 Startup (Little, Brown and Company • 2017) 36:00 Shafrir's Buzzfeed archive 36:00 Rerun (Buzzfeed) 36:00 Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure (Matt Mira and Doree Shafrir) 37:00 Forever35 (Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Episode 449: Jessica Bruder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 52:50

    Jessica Bruder is a journalist and author of the book Nomadland.“I don't do a hard sell. I'll tell people what my MO is, but I don't push people to talk with me. I want to go deep with people. I want to be able to have the time to just sit with them and to say, ‘start at the beginning.' Sometimes going chronologically will just take you to these places that wouldn't have come up if I've just done a very guided interview. So I hung out. I'm not relentless. I don't wear people down. But I stick around. If people just want me to fuck off, I fuck off, and I talk to other people..” Thanks to Mailchimp and The London Review of Books for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: jessicabruder.com @jessbruder 01:00 Nomadland (W. W. Norton & Company • 2018) 11:30 Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man (Gallery Books • 2007) 13:00 "Snowball's Court Decision Set for Tomorrow" (The Oregonian • October 2007) 13:30 "Faith-healing Deaths " (The Oregonian • June 2009) 16:00 "Has Perky Jerky Lost Its Perk?" (New York Times • August 2011) 19:30 "Slump in construction industry creates a Sheetrock ghost town" (The Christian Science Monitor • June 2011) 21:30 "I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave" (Gabriel Mac • Mother Jones • March/April 2012) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 448: Robert McKee

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 33:24


    Robert McKee is an author and screenwriting lecturer. His new book is Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen.”When I'm in conversation with others, I'm always aware—or sensitive, at least—to what they're really thinking and feeling. And writers must have that. They can't possibly create excellent nonfiction or fiction if they're not aware of what is going on inside of other people, really, even subconsciously, while they go about saying whatever they do consciously in the world. Because if you just recorded the surface, if you were just paying attention to the surface, you'd be missing the whole show.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @McKeeStory mckeestory.com Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting (Regan Books • 1997) Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen (Twelve • 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Rerun: #378 Ashley C. Ford (Feb 2020)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 58:41

    Ashley C. Ford is the author of Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir.“For the first time I felt like I had so many more choices in my life than I originally thought I had. That was my first realization that I did not just have to react to the world, that I could be intentional in the world, and just curious about what came back to me.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @iSmashFizzle  ashleycford.net Fortune Favors the Bold podcast 5:00 "Roger Loves Chaz" (Roger Ebert • Sep 2012) 11:34 The Giver (Lois Lowry • Houghton Mifflin • 1993) 17:47 Ford's commencement speech at Ball State 26:09 Ford's archive at Buzzfeed 41:00 "Ashley C. Ford's Debut Memoir ‘Somebody's Daughter' Finds Home at Flatiron" (Paperback Paris • 2018) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 447: Aaron Lammer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 56:20

    Aaron Lammer is a co-host of the Longform Podcast and the host of the podcast Exit Scam: The Death and Afterlife of Gerald Cotten.“Something I got from a number of reporters that I've interviewed on the Longform Podcast is letting the story guide you, and ultimately that led me to an ambiguous ending. Early on, I was like, the pinnacle achievement is to solve this case. But ultimately, I felt like an ambiguous ending was the most honest to what I actually experienced in reporting it.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: 00:30 Exit Scam Podcast 00:45 Francis and the Lights 04:30 CoinTalk™️ 04:45 Jay Caspian King on Longform 05:00 Episode #59: Flashbacks and Fake Beards, a Crypto 2018 Year in Review (CoinTalk • January 2019) 11:00 Stoner Podcast 44:00 Descript 53:00 Jean-Xavier de Lestrade on Longform See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 445: Megha Rajagopalan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 58:36

    Megha Rajagopalan is a senior correspondent for Buzzfeed News. She won a Pulitzer for her coverage of the Xinjiang detention camps.“It's not so much that I talk to [the Chinese government] to get information. It's more that I talk to them to see how they think about things and what's important to them and what's their view of the world. … There are so many journalists that have been thrown out of China, so there's very few people that are able to actually have those conversations. And in the U.S., there are these seismic decisions being made about China policy, and if you don't talk to the people that run the country, it's a problem.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @meghara Rajagopalan on Longform Rajagopalan's Buzzfeed News archive 21:00 "This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like" (Buzzfeed News • Oct 2017) 35:00 Rajagopalan's Pulitzer-winning reporting with Alison Killing and Christo Buschek 41:00 "China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims (Part 1)" (Alison Killing, Christo Buschek, Megha Rajagopalan • Buzzfeed News • Aug 2020) 41:00 "What They Saw: Ex-Prisoners Detail The Horrors Of China's Detention Camps (Part 2)" (Alison Killing, Megha Rajagopalan • Buzzfeed News • Aug 2020) 41:00 "Inside a Xinjiang Detention Camp (Part 3)" (Alison Killing, Megha Rajagopalan • Buzzfeed News • Dec 2020) 41:00 "We Found The Factories Inside China's Mass Internment Camps (Part 4)" (Alison Killing, Megha Rajagopalan • Buzzfeed News • Dec 2020) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 445: Barrett Swanson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 49:54

    Barrett Swanson is a contributing editor at Harper's and the author of Lost in Summerland.“You just have to sit there for a long time. That lesson was indisputably crucial for me. Just being willing to talk to someone, even if the first half-hour or hour is unutterably boring, or it doesn't seem pertinent. These little things, the deeper things, take a while to get at and they kind of burble to the surface at moments when you're not totally expecting it to happen. So for me, it's just making myself available for that moment to occur.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: Swanson on Longform 00:30 Lost in Summerland (Catapult • 2021) 00:30 "Lost in Summerland" (The Atavist • December 2019) 00:45 "The Anxiety of Influencers" (Harper's • September 2020) 10:00 "The Solider and the Soil" (Orion Magazine • December 2017) 11:30 "Men at Work" (Harper's • November 2019) 20:00 "Political Fictions: Unraveling America at a West Wing Fan Convention" (Paris Review • November 2018) 28:00 “Annie Radcliffe, You Are Loved,” (American Short Fiction Issue #56 • 2015) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 444: Dan Rather

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 32:46


    Dan Rather is a journalist, author, and the former anchor of CBS Evening News.”I knew that being named to succeed Walter Cronkite would put me in a position of inhaling—every day—a kind of NASA-grade rocket fuel for the ego. And that could be dangerous…. In the end, when the red light goes on, it's just you. You're by yourself.… And the longer you're in that role, the more difficult it is to stay true to yourself and to remember who you are and who you want to be.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @DanRather 70 Over 70 (Pineapple Street Studios • 2021) 01:00 Steady Substack newsletter 04:00 Reporting on Hurricane Carla (Sep 1961) 09:00 First night as CBS Evening News anchor (CBS News • Mar 1981) 21:00 Covering the India-Pakistan war (Sep 1965) 28:00 “A Lie, Is a Lie, Is a Lie” (Facebook • Jan 2017) 28:00 "Jim Crow Is Not Dead... And Why We Should Care" (Rather and Steady Team • Steady • Feb 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Episode 443: Katherine Eban

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 47:39

    Katherine Eban is an investigative journalist and contributor to Vanity Fair. Her latest article is ”The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19's Origins.””You can't make a correction unless you know why something happened. So imagine—if this is a lab leak—the earth shattering consequences for virology. For the science community, for how research is done, for how research is regulated. Or if it is a zoonotic origin, we have to know how our human incursion into wild spaces could be unleashing these viruses. Because COVID-19 is one thing, but we're going to be looking at COVID-25 and COVID-34. We have to know what caused this.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @KatherineEban katherineeban.com Eban on Longform Eban on Longform Podcast 00:00 Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom (Ecco • 2019) 00:00 "The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19's Origins" (Vanity Fair • Jun 2021) 01:00 Nicholson Baker on Longform Podcast 01:00 "The Lab-Leak Hypothesis" (Nicholson Baker • New York Magazine • Jan 2021) 03:00 "The Plague Fighters: Stopping the Next Pandemic Before It Begins " (Evan Ratliff • Wired • Apr 2007) 12:00 @TheSeeker268 14:00 Eban's Vanity Fair archive 16:00 Eban's Twitter thread 26:00 Alina Chan on Twitter 32:00 "Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19" (Peter Daszak and many others • The Lancet • Feb 2020) 34:00 "Origin of Covid — Following the Clues" (Nicholas Wade • Medium • May 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Listen to "Last Chance Hotel" from Apple News+

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 10:24

    We've got something a little different today from our sponsor Apple News+, a sneak peek of a new article by Joshuah Bearman and Rich Schapiro called "Last Chance Hotel." It's a wild story full of misadventure, get-rich-quick schemes gone wrong, and international intrigue. Published by New York Magazine in partnership with Epic Magazine, “Last Chance Hotel” is available right now exclusively in Apple News+. After you listen to this preview, tap here to read or listen to the rest of part one. Part two will be published on June 11, and part three will be available on June 18.  “Last Chance Hotel" is available now, only in Apple News+. Subscription required. New subscribers can try 1 month free. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 442: Rose Eveleth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 51:41

    Rose Eveleth is the host of Flash Forward and the author of Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (and Not So Possible) Tomorrows.“If I didn’t have that pretty bizarrely insatiable drive to do this stuff and understand things, I don’t know if I’d still be doing this. The curiosity index has to be high in order to make the rest of it worth it. Because otherwise, what’s the point?” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @roseveleth @flashforwardpod @ffwdpresents Flash Forward Podcast 00:30 Flash Forward (Rose Eveleth • Harry N. Abrams • 2021) 21:00 Eveleth's Sample Freelancer Spreadsheet 24:30 Meanwhile in the Future Podcast 39:30 "What If Our Cities Were Smart?" (Flash Forward • April 2021) 40:30 "What If You Could Be Immune To Everything?" (Flash Forward • March 2021) 43:00 "Bodies: This Is Not A Test" (Flash Forward • May 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 441: Theo Padnos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 36:42

    Theo Padnos is a journalist and author of the book Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment.“I'm trying to tell a story about a person who's attracted to dangerous places and people. I think we all have that within us. I wanted to bring my readers along. So I selected details that we all have in common... I'm trying to invite you along on a journey that you yourself might have taken.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @TheoPadnos 00:30 Blindfold (Theo Padnos • Simon & Schuster • 2021) 03:00 My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun: Adolescents at the Apocalypse: A Teacher’s Notes (Theo Padnos • Random House • 2004) 03:15 Undercover Muslim: A Journey Into Yemen (Theo Padnos • Bodley Head • 2011) 10:30 "My Captivity" (Theo Padnos • The New York Times Magazine • October 2014) 12:00 "Life as a Hostage in Syria" (Polly Mosendz • The Atlantic • October 2014) 22:15 Theo Who Lived (David Schisgall • 2016) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 440: Donovan X. Ramsey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 71:43

    Donovan X. Ramsey is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in GQ, WSJ Magazine, The Atlantic, and many other publications.“I actually got into writing about criminal justice ... because I was curious about Black life. But that meant the only way I was able to do that was I had to kind of do this really often depressing slice of Black life. And there’s so much more. And there’s so much beauty in the lived experiences of Black people. … There are so many stories that just never get told about Black life. One, I have a connection to being a Black person, but then being a Black person who has the benefit of a really good education, and I’ve been given some shots here and there… it feels like a duty. If I’m not going to tell these stories, then who?” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @donovanxramsey donovanxramsey.com 02:00 Exit Scam (Aaron Lammer and Lane Brown • Treats Media • 2021) 02:00 "Gossip Girls, Money Men, and 2 More Podcasts Worth Trying" (Nicholas Quah • Vulture • May 2021) 02:00 Nicholas Quah on Longform Podcast 03:00 70 Over 70 (Max Linsky • Pineapple Street Studios • 2021) 25:00 Ramsey's Atlantic archive 26:00 Ramsey's Ebony archive 26:00 "Motorcycle Club Honors, Assists Soldiers Offering Their Lives Overseas" (Black Enterprise • Nov 2012) 26:00 "Janelle Monáe: The ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ Speaks [INTERVIEW]" (Ebony • Jul 2013) 29:00 She’s Every Woman: The Power of Black Women in Pop Music (Danyel Smith • Dey Street Books • 2017) 31:00 "Police Reform Is Impossible in America" (Gawker • Feb 2015) 32:00 Ramsey's Demos archive 35:00 Jason Parham on Longform Podcast 40:00 Ramsey's The Marshall Project archive 40:00 Ramsey's Complex archive 45:00 "A Triple Murder, a Broken Family, and the Long Tail of the Crack Era" (Vice • Aug 2016) 47:00 Black Futures (Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham • One World • 2020) 48:00 "Measuring Crack Cocaine and Its Impact" (Roland G. Fryer • Apr 2006) 56:00 "Bryon Stevenson’s Moral Clarity" (WSJ Magazine • Nov 2019) 56:00 "The Political Education of Killer Mike" (GQ • Jul 2020) 62:00 "NASCAR’s Unlikely Activist" (GQ • Aug 2020) 63:00 Ramsey's Los Angeles Times archive See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 439: Adam McKay

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 51:22

    Adam McKay is a film director, writer, and host of the podcast Death at the Wing.“Sometimes you do a project and then you look back and you’re like, Ah, shit. I let some of myself get in the way of that. It sucks, but it’s also a part of it. And there are so many times where you’re excited that the story did take off, the wind did catch the sail and it went off on its own. And that just feels so good that it far outweighs the times when you make a mistake, or let something go wrong, or too long, or hit the wrong tone. Which is going to happen. There’s no way around it. But those times when it all just catches perfectly—it’s just so exciting that you keep doing it.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @GhostPanther 00:00 Anchorman (Dreamworks • 2004) 00:00 Stepbrothers (Columbia Pictures • 2008) 00:00 The Big Short (Paramount Pictures, New Regency Productions • 2015) 00:00 Vice (Annapurna Pictures • 2018) 00:00 Succession (Gary Sanchez Productions • 2018) 00:00 Death at the Wing (Hyperobject Industries and Three Uncanny Four • 2021) 12:00 The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (George Packer • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2014) 14:00 Don’t Look Up (Hyperobject Industries • 2021) 29:00 David Grann on Longform Podcast 31:00 Anchorman 2 (Paramount Pictures • 2013) 36:00 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Michael Lewis • W. W. Norton & Company • 2015) 39:00 Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria • Annapurna Pictures • 2019) 40:00 "The Hustlers at Scores" (Jessica Pressler • The Cut • Dec 2015) 41:00 "Breslin: Digging JFK grave was his honor" (Jimmy Breslin • New York Herald Tribune • Nov 1963) 43:00 Bad Blood (Excellent Cadaver) 43:00 Bad Blood (John Carreyrou • Vintage • 2020) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 438: Anna Sale

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 52:18

    Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money. Her new book is Let’s Talk About Hard Things.“What hard conversations can do is—you can witness what's hard. You can be with what's hard. Admit what's hard. That can be its own relief. … Some hard conversations … are successful when they end in a place that's like, Oh, we're not going to agree on this. … I think you can get used to the feeling of feeling out of control and that makes them less scary.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @annasale annasale.com Sale on Longform Podcast 07:00 Let’s Talk About Hard Things (Simon & Schuster • 2021) 10:00 Sale's Death, Sex & Money archive See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 437: Brooke Jarvis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 46:30

    Brooke Jarvis is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.“Obsession is inherently interesting. We want to know why somebody would care so much about something that it could direct their whole life. ... When people care about something a lot, what can be more interesting than that to understand what drives those powerful emotions? ... Part of why I do this work is that I am able to get temporarily obsessed with a lot of different things and then move on to the next thing that I'm temporarily obsessed with. ... There's always a new question that I want to follow.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @brookejarvis brookejarvis.net Jarvis on Longform 02:00 "Maryville native Brooke Jarvis wins Livingston Ward for young journalists" (Amy Beth Miller • The Daily Times • Jun 2017) 05:00 The New Kings of Nonfiction (Ira Glass • Riverhead Books • 2007) 06:00 "The Squirrel Wars" (D.T. Max • New York Times Magazine • Oct 2007) 08:00 "When We Are Called to Part" (The Atavist • Nov 2013) 11:00 Jarvis’ Yes! Magazine archive 16:00 "The Deepest Dig" (California Sunday • Nov 2014) 19:00 "Unclaimed" (California Sunday • Dec 2016) 22:00 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers • Marina Books • 1940) 25:00 "The Insect Apocalypse Is Here" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2018) 27:00 "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?" (New Yorker • Sep 2019) 30:00 "The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track" (Wired • May 2020) 31:00 "The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2020) 33:00 "The Launch" (California Sunday • Jul 2019) 37:00 "The Forgotten Sense" (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2021) 39:00 "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger" (New Yorker • Jul 2018)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Polk Award Winners: Michael Grabell and Bernice Yeung

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 25:49

    Michael Grabell and Bernice Yeung are investigative reporters at ProPublica. They won the George Polk Award for Health Reporting for their coverage of the meatpacking industry's response to the pandemic, including their feature "The Battle for Waterloo." This is the final part of our week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Polk Award Winners: Roberto Ferdman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 25:02

    Roberto Ferdman is a correspondent at VICE News. He and his colleagues at VICE News Tonight won the George Polk Award for Television Reporting for their coverage of the killing of Breonna Taylor and the investigations that followed. This is part four in a week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Polk Award Winners: Helen Branswell

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 23:51

    Helen Branswell is an infectious disease and global health reporter for STAT. She won this year's George Polk Award for Public Service for her coverage of the pandemic. This is the third in a week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Polk Award Winners: Ryan Mac and Craig Silverman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 21:36

    Ryan Mac and Craig Silverman are reporters at BuzzFeed News. Together they won this year's George Polk Award for Business Reporting for their coverage of Facebook's handling of disinformation on its platform.  This is the second in a week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Polk Award Winners: Tristan Ahtone

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 23:20

    Tristan Ahtone is the former Indigenous Affairs editor at High Country News and is currently the editor-in-chief at The Texas Observer. His High Country News article “Land-Grab Universities,” co-authored with Robert Lee, won the 2021 George Polk Award for Education Reporting. This is the first in a week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 436: Dana Goodyear

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 57:01

    Dana Goodyear is a staff writer for The New Yorker and host of the new podcast Lost Hills.“I do find people who take risks—artistic and physical or even intellectual risks—really interesting. ... There are so many people that I have written about who take a really long time with their projects, whether years or decades, and they might or might not work out. ... They just don't go along with what's received, and they—at a great personal cost—often do things that are very different. And then those things are the things in our world that are the most fascinating or feel the most human.” Thanks to Mailchimp and CaseFleet for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @danagoodyear danagoodyear.com Goodyear on Longform Goodyear's New Yorker archive 01:00 Lost Hills (Western Sound and Pushkin Industries • 2021) 32:00 "An Artist’s Life, Refracted in Film" (New Yorker • Jan 2019) 42:00 "The Gardener" (New Yorker • Aug 2003)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 435: Albert Samaha

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 61:06

    Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and the deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. His book Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes comes out in October.“I don’t think any child of the recession will ever not feel precarious. And being in journalism makes that even more so. ... At this point I’ve embraced the precarity of working in this industry. I’m sure at some point it’s going to be grating for people to hear me talk about how precarious and insecure I feel. … But I’ve got too many friends who are way too talented, who can’t use that talent in the ways that they are passionate about, for me to ever feel like my place in this industry is fully cemented.” Thanks to Mailchimp and CaseFleet for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @AlbertSamaha albertsamaha.com Samaha on Longform Samaha's BuzzFeed archive 11:00 Never Ran, Never Will Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City (PublicAffairs • 2018) 17:00 "The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella" (Village Voice • Aug 2014) 23:00 "A Bronx Betrayal" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2015) 36:00 Concepcion 40:00 "Looking For Right And Wrong In The Philippines" (BuzzFeed • May 2017) 40:00 "My Uncle Spanky, the Rock Star Who Left It All Behind" (Pop-Up • Jun 2020) 42:00 "I Followed My Uncle’s Legend To Italy, And Found A New Way Forward" (BuzzFeed • Mar 2018) 42:00 "My Mom Believes In QAnon. I’ve Been Trying To Get Her Out." (BuzzFeed • Mar 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Rerun: #390 Bonnie Tsui (April 2020)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 60:50

    Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and the author of Why We Swim.“I am a self-motivated person. I really don’t like being told what to do. I’ve thought about this many times over the last 16 years that I’ve been a full-time freelancer... even though I thought my dream was to always and forever be living in New York, working in publishing, working at a magazine, being an editor, writing. When I was an editor, I kind of hated it. I just didn’t like being chained to a desk.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @bonnietsui bonnietsui.com 02:00 Why We Swim (Algonquin • 2020) 03:30 American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods (Tsui • Free Press • 2009) 10:30 The Deep (2012) 28:00 "With His Absence, My Artist Father Taught Me the Art of Vanishing" (Catapult • Feb 2019) 41:30 "After Fires, Napa and Sonoma Tourism Industry Is Getting Back on Its Feet" (New York Times • Oct 2017) 44:30 "Child Care: What — and Who — It Takes to Raise a Family" (California Sunday • July 2019) 49:00 "The Break: Female Big-Wave Surfers Prepare to Compete on Mavericks’s 50-Foot Waves for the First Time" (California Sunday • Aug 2018) 50:00 "Meet the Women Who Are Changing What it Means to be a Mom and a Professional Athlete" (Sports Illustrated • Dec 2019) 53:30 "You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything" (New York Times • June 2019) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 434: Jessica Lessin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 34:57

    Jessica Lessin is founder and editor-in-chief of The Information.“It's very, very hard to predict the winners. A lot of investors try to do this. And I think sometimes where the press gets in trouble is trying to make a call.… It's not always our job to say this thing is doomed or not. I think many journalists, unfortunately, are more interested in that than in understanding, What is this company trying to do?” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes:  @Jessicalessin theinformation.com Lessin's archive at The Information 11:00 "Android’s Andy Rubin Left Google After Inquiry Found Inappropriate Relationship" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Nov 2017) 11:00 "Silicon Valley Women Tell of VC’s Unwanted Advances" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Jun 2017) 23:00 Paul Steiger at ProPublica 23:00 Kevin Delaney at Quartz 26:00 "Facebook Hit by FTC Antitrust Suit That Seeks to Break Off Instagram, WhatsApp" (Christopher Stern • The Information • Dec 2020) 31:00 "People are leaving S.F., but not for Austin or Miami. USPS data shows where they went" (J.K. Dineen • San Francisco Chronicle • Feb 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 433: Elon Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 41:19


    Elon Green is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Awl, New York, and other publications. His new book is Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York.“The murders and the murderer should not be the driver. It should simply be the catalyst for the other story. And the other story is the victims. And the other story is the political backdrop and the environment that they are walking through.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @elongreen elongreen.com Green on Longform 00:00 Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Celadon Books • 2021) 03:00 @DavidGrann 05:00 davidyaffe.com 07:00 Pamela Colloff on Longform 10:00 The Advocate 13:00 "The Enduring, Pernicious Whiteness of True Crime" (The Appeal • Aug 2020) 13:00 Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann • Doubleday Books • 2017) 13:00 Missing & Murdered (CBC News) 13:00 Connie Walker on the Longform Podcast 19:00 "These Gay Men Frequented Manhattan Piano Bars. So Did Their Killer." (Christopher Bollen • New York Times • Mar 2021) 19:00 "Last Call: Behind the Terrifying Untold Story of New York's Gay Bar Killer" (Jim Farber • The Guardian • Mar 2021) 21:00 "Do Threads of Five Lives Lead to One Serial Killer?" (Ian Fisher • New York Times • Aug 1993) 30:00 "The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders" (The Awl • Dec 2014) 32:00 "The Real Lolita" (Sarah Weinman • Hazlitt • Nov 2014) 35:00 @ChrisCillizza See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Episode 432: Jess Zimmerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 61:07

    Jess Zimmerman is editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Her new book is Women and Other Monsters.“My goals are to be exactly as vulnerable as I feel is necessary. And not that’s necessary to me—that's necessary to the observer, to the reader. If [my story] is out there, it's out there because in order to make the larger point that I wanted to make … I had to give this level of access. It does kind of feel more strategic than cathartic.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @j_zimms jesszimmerman.com Zimmerman's Electric Literature archive 01:00 Women and Other Monsters (Beacon Press • 2021) 03:00 "Hunger Makes Me" (Hazlitt • Jul 2016) 04:00 Charybdis (theoi.com) 05:00 Mary Roach's website 08:00 The Furies (theoi.com) 11:00 Lindy West's website 12:00 "We Can’t Believe Survivors’ Stories If We Never Hear Them" (Rachel Zarrow • Electric Literature • Mar 2021) 16:00 "Why Are Portholes Being Used on Cows?" (BBC News • Jun 2019) 22:00 Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig 24:00 "The Biggest Moments in xoJane History" (Eve Peyser • Jezebel • Jan 2017) 31:00 I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder (Sarah Kurchak • Douglas & McIntyre • 2020) 31:00 Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (Angela Chen • Beacon Press • 2020) 32:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" (The Toast • Jul 2015) 33:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" MetaFilter thread 37:00 Catapult 37:00 Hazlitt 37:00 Electric Literature 38:00 "What We Learned From Meghan and Harry’s Interview" (Sarah Lyall and Tariro Mzezewa • New York Times • Mar 2021) 39:00 "Please Just Let Women Be Villiains" (Elyse Martin • Electric Literature • Feb 2021) 39:00 Circe (Madeline Miller • Little, Brown and Company • 2018) 41:00 "How to Arrange a Poetry Collection Using Mix Tape Rules" (Rachelle Toarmino • Electric Literature • Mar 2021) 41:00 "What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa" (Catapult • May 2017) 43:00 Zimmerman's newsletter Dead Channel 43:00 "A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name" (Hazlitt • Jul 2015) 46:00 Lamia (theoi.com) 55:00 "I Always Thought of Myself as a Person Who Pays Attention" (Sarah Miller • Medium • Mar 2021)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 431: Tejal Rao

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 51:35

    Tejal Rao is the California restaurant critic for The New York Times and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine.“I've been thinking a lot about what makes a restaurant good…. Can a restaurant be good if it doesn't have wheelchair access? Can a restaurant be good if the farmers picking the tomatoes are getting sick? How much do we consider when we talk about if a restaurant is good or not? … If people are being exploited at every single point possible along the way, how good is the restaurant, really? … I worry that the pandemic has illuminated all of these issues and things are just going to keep going the way that they were.... That's what I worry about. That nothing will change.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @tejalrao tejalrao.com Rao's New York Times archive 01:00 "Is My Takeout Risking Lives or Saving Restaurants?" (New York Times • Apr 2020) 03:00 Rao's Atlantic archive 09:00 Rao's Saveur archive 13:00 "For Best Results, Eat This Roti Immediately" (New York Times • Oct 2020) 13:00 "Dining and Driving on the Empty Freeways of Los Angeles" (New York Times • Mar 2020) 14:00 "A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor" (New York Times • Apr 2017) 14:00 "India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past" (New York Times • Jul 2020) 19:00 "Oysters: A Love Story" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2017) 26:00 "I Lost My Appetite Because of Covid. This Sichuan Flavor Brought It Back." (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2021) 30:00 "The Old-School Reasons to Love Los Angeles Restaurants" (New York Times • Feb 2019) 33:00 "How Kit Kat Got Big in Japan" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2018) 43:00 "Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19" (Michael Grabell and Bernice Yeung • ProPublica • Aug 2020) Illustration by Tony Millionaire   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 430: Connie Walker

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 49:51

    Connie Walker is an investigative reporter and podcast host. Her new show is Stolen: The Search for Jermain.“For so long, there has been this kind of history of journalists coming in and taking stories from Indigenous communities. And that kind of extractive, transactional kind of journalism that really causes a lot of harm. And so much of our work is trying to undo and address that. There is a way to be a storyteller and help amplify and give people agency in their stories.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @connie_walker Walker's CBC News archive 00:00 Missing & Murdered (CBC News) 04:00 "The Injustice to Pamela George Continues Long After Her Murder" (Heather Mallick • Toronto Star • Jan 2020) 08:00 Street Cents (CBC) 12:00 "Alicia Ross: Everyone’s Daughter" (Catherine McDonald • Global News • Apr 2020) 14:00 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 19:00 8th Fire, Ep. 1: "Indigenous in the City" (CBC • 2012) 19:00 8th Fire, Ep. 2: "It’s Time" (CBC • 2012) 19:00 8th Fire, Ep. 3: "Whose Land Is It Anyway?" (CBC • 2012) 19:00 8th Fire, Ep. 4: "At the Crossroads" (CBC • 2012) 22:00 "Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview" (Royal Canadian Mounted Police • 2014) 24:00 "Missing and Murdered: The Life and Mysterious Death of Leah Anderson" (CBC News • Mar 2015) 26:00 Serial 27:00 "Amber Tuccaro's Unsolved Murder: Do You Recognize This Voice?" (Marnie Luke and Connie Walker • CBC News • Jun 2015) 27:00 "Unresolved: Patricia Carpenter" (Holly Moore • CBC News • Jun 2016) 27:00 Missing & Murdered Season 1: Who Killed Alberta Williams? (Connie Walker and Marnie Luke • CBC News) 27:00 Missing & Murdered Season 2: Finding Cleo (Connie Walker and Marnie Luke • CBC News) 35:00 Ochberg Fellowship 37:00 "Duncan McCue on Reporting in Indigenous Communities" (Ryerson Today • Apr 2018) 37:00 Reporting in Indigenous Communities Guide (Duncan McCue) 39:00 Stolen (Gimlet • 2021) 39:00 "Jermain Charlo Missing Two Years on Tuesday" (Seaborn Larson • Missoulian • Jun 2020) 44:00 "Monday's Montanan: Lauren Small Rodriguez Helps Native Trafficking Survivors " (Patrick Reilly • Missoulian • Feb 2020)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 429: Vinson Cunningham

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 51:48


    Vinson Cunningham is a staff writer for The New Yorker.“I think the job is just paying a bunch of attention. If you're a person like me, where thoughts and worries are intruding on your consciousness all the time, it is a great relief to have something to just over-describe and over-pay-attention to—and kind of just give all of your latent, usually anxious attention to this one thing. That, to me, is a great joy.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @vcunningham vinson.nyc Cunningham on Longform Cunningham's New Yorker archive 04:00 "’The Suit’ at BAM" (Brooklyn Paper • Jan 2013) 04:00 "Label Maker: Edward Buchanan" (Nylon Guys • Mar 2015) 09:00 circlejerk.live 11:00 Jeremy O. Harris’ plays 11:00 "How Are Audiences Adapting to the Age of Virtual Theatre?" (New Yorker • Oct 2020) 18:00 "The Season of Russell Westbrook and a New Era in N.B.A. Fandom" (New Yorker • Apr 2017) 25:00 Cunningham's McSweeney’s archive 25:00 "The Flies in Kehinde Wiley’s Milk" (The Awl • Jun 2015) 25:00 "Can Black Art Ever Escape the Politics of Race?" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2015) 25:00 "How Chris Jackson is Building a Black Literary Movement" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 2016) 27:00 "Stephon Marbury Has His Own Story to Tell" (New Yorker • Apr 2020) 28:00 "The Playful, Political Art of Sanford Biggers" (New Yorker • Jan 2018) 29:00 WTF with Marc Maron 32:00 "Tracy Morgan Turns the Drama of His Life into Comedy" (New Yorker • May 2019) 36:00 Redd Foxx party albums 38:00 Alexandra Schwartz’ New Yorker archive 41:00 Simon Parkin on Longform 41:00 Adrian Chen on Longform 42:00 "The Many Lives of Steven Yeun" (Jay Caspian Kang • New York Times Magazine • Feb 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Episode 428: Katie Engelhart

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 58:03

    Katie Engelhart is a journalist and the author of the new book The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die.“Billions of dollars of government money goes to the nursing home industry every year. And nobody has a nursing home correspondent. Nobody has an assisted living correspondent…. That's wild to me. As a journalist, someone tells me, Oh, there's an industry. It's hugely underregulated. It's getting billions of dollars a year. It is not super-accountable for that money. Who wouldn't want to cover that?” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @katieenglehart katieengelhart.com Engelhart on Longform 00:00 The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die (St. Martin’s Press • 2021) 00:00 "What Happened in Room 10?" (California Sunday • Aug 2020) 02:00 "Her Time" (California Sunday • Mar 2019) 03:00 "Time to Die" (Vice) 18:00 "Adam Maier-Clayton's controversial right-to-die campaign" (Stuart Hughes • BBC News • Jul 2017) 34:00 Engehart's Maclean’s archive 35:00 "Papal Chatter in Vatican City" (Maclean’s • Feb 2013) 35:00 "Why the Higgs Boson Discovery Changed Everything" (Kate Lunau and Katie Engelhart • Maclean’s • Jul 2012) 35:00 "Behind the Lines in Ukraine" (Maclean’s • Jan 2014) 35:00 "Royal Baby Dispatches: 'It's a Prince!'" (Maclean’s • Jul 2013) 37:00 Engelhart's Vice archive 39:00 "How France Has Changed One Year After The Paris Terrorist Attack" (Vice • Nov 2016) 39:00 "Lithuania Thinks the Russians Are Coming — and It's Preparing with Wargames" (Vice • May 2015) 39:00 "Why Record Numbers of Ukrainian Jews Are Fleeing to Israel" (Vice • Mar 2016) 39:00 Left Field (NBC) 44:00 "The Coronavirus’s Rampage Through a Suburban Nursing Home " (Jack Healy and Serge F. Kovaleski • New York Times • May 2020)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 427: Luke Mogelson

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 56:59

    Luke Mogelson is a journalist and fiction writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. His latest feature is ”Among the Insurrectionists.”“Get to the front and document as much as you can. ... I think my approach is much more similar to photographers than other writers. I spend a lot of time with photographers and ... I feel like I've gotten pretty good at getting myself into situations where there's few or maybe no other writers around, but there's always a bunch of photographers…. I try to get in right behind the first photographers.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: 06:00 Paul Ford on Longform Podcast 07:00 "Death of a Mountain" (Erik Reece • Harper’s • Apr 2005) [pdf] 11:00 "Prison break: How Michigan Managed to Empty Its Penitentiaries While Lowering Its Crime Rate" (Washington Monthly • 2010) 16:00 "A Beast in the Heart of Every Fighting Man" (New York Times Magazine • Apr 2011) 26:00 Mujib Mashal's New York Times archive 27:00 "The Impossible Refugee Boat Lift to Christmas Island" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2013) 38:00 "Jesus Plus Nothing" (Jeff Sharlet • Harper’s • Mar 2003) 38:00 "My Four Months As a Private Prison Guard" (Shane Bauer • Mother Jones • Jul 2016) 38:00 "Guarding Sing Sing" (Ted Conover • New Yorker • Mar 2000) 39:00 "Among the Insurrectionists" (New Yorker • Jan 2021) 47:00 "In the Streets with Antifa" (New Yorker • Oct 2020) 49:00 "Armed Protesters Demonstrate Against Covid-19 Lockdown at Michigan Capitol" (Lois Beckett • Guardian • Apr 2020) 50:00 "America’s Abandonment of Syria" (New Yorker • Apr 2020) 50:00 "The Shattered Afghan Dream of Peace" (New Yorker • Oct 2019) 51:00 "In Minneapolis, Protesters Confront the Police—And One Another" (New Yorker • May 2020) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 426: Mirin Fader

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 57:50


    Mirin Fader is a staff writer for The Ringer. “Nobody ever makes it makes it, right? You make it, and every day, you have to keep making it. That’s how I feel. Would I be the reporter I am if I wasn’t like that? I’m afraid to see what happens if I’m not. I’m afraid what type of reporter or writer I’ll be if I take my foot off the gas.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @MirinFader mirinfader.com Fader on Longform 03:00 Fader's Orange County Register archive 04:00 Lee Jenkins’ Sports Illustrated archive 04:00 Longform Podcast #421: Wright Thompson 06:00 Fader's Bleacher Report archive 14:00 "How Mo’ne Davis Made Her Hoop Dreams Come True: Inside Life After Little League" (Bleacher Report • Feb 2017) 14:00 "The LaMelo Show" (Bleacher Report • Feb 2018) 17:00 "Walk-on Becomes X-factor For Titans' Men's Soccer" (OC Register • Nov 2016) 29:00 "What Tyler Skaggs Left Behind" (Bleacher Report • Sept 2020) 42:00 Gary Smith on Longform 47:00 "LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play for' Luke Walton" (Jeff Goodman • ESPN • Jan 2018) 50:00 "The Life of LaMelo" (Bleacher Report • Nov 2019) 50:00 "Nothing Can Faze Davante Adams" (Bleacher Report • Aug 2018) 50:00 "Davante Adams Is Peaking in Every Way Possible" (Bleacher Report • Jan 2021) 51:00 "The Metamorphosis of Brandon Ingram" (Bleacher Report • Oct 2018) 51:00 "Brandon Ingram Through the Fire" (Bleacher Report • Nov 2019) 56:00 Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP (Hachette • 2021) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Episode 425: Stephanie Clifford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 44:36

    Stephanie Clifford is an investigative journalist and novelist who has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Her most recent article is "The Journalist and the Pharma Bro."“I think your job as a journalist—particularly with people who are in vulnerable situations or people who are not used to press—is to explain what the fallout might be." Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes:  @stephcliff stephanieclifford.net Clifford on Longform Clifford's New York Times archive 02:00 "The Journalist and the Pharma Bro" (Elle • Dec 2020) 05:00 Everybody Rise (St. Martin’s Press • 2015) 15:00 "The Inside Story of MacKenzie Scott, the Mysterious 60-Billion-Dollar Woman" (Marker • Oct 2020) 26:00 "When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse" (Atlantic • Aug 2020) 27:00 "He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back" (Wired • Oct 2019) 33:00 "The First Year Out" (Marie Claire • Jun 2020)   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Episode 424: Kenneth R. Rosen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 48:09

    Kenneth R. Rosen has written for The New York Times, Wired, The New Yorker, and many other publications. His new book is Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs. “When I report, I keep two journals. … I keep my reporting notebook, which is sort of an almanac of dates, times, names, quotes, phone numbers. And then I have my personal notebook, which has all my fears and anxieties. And it invariably makes its way into the reporting … which is sort of an amalgamation of those two journals, of those two experiences, the internal and the external.” Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: @kenneth_rosen kennethrrosen.com Rosen on Longform 03:00 "The Devil’s Henchmen" (The Atavist • Jun 2017) 04:00 Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs (Little a • 2021) 13:00 "At a Therapeutic Ranch, No Payday Until Later" (New York Times • Mar 2017) 31:00 Rosen's New York Times archive 32:00 Longform Podcast #403: Seyward Darby 35:00 Luke Mogelson on Longform 35:00 Ben Taub on Longform 35:00 May Jeong on Longform 35:00 Longform Podcast #300: May Jeong 39:00 Alicia Patterson Fellowship 41:00 Longform Podcast #135: Scott Anderson See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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