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From WeEarth to The Aunt-o-Sphere: Editors Roundtable
Jun 14 • 37 min
Catherine Cusick, Mike Dang, Dana Snitzky and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: The I in We from New York Magazine The Making of a YouTube Radical at The New York Times There…
Reporting On LGBTI Asylum Seekers In Africa
Jun 11 • 30 min
Reporters Annie Hylton and Malia Politzer speak with Longreads Senior Editor Krista Stevens about their new Longreads feature Caught Between Borders, which profiles challenges facing LGBTI asylum seekers in Africa. Annie and Malia share…
Shorthand, Looking Away, Getting It Wrong: Editors Roundtable
Jun 7 • 49 min
Sari Botton, Aaron Gilbreath and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: The Secret Oral History of Bennington: Before, and After, the Jogger at The Cut R. Kelly and the Damage Done…
On The Writer-Editor Relationship: Editor/Writer Roundtable
Jun 4 • 46 min
Sari Botton, Michele Filgate, Danielle A. Jackson and Carina del Valle Schorske talk about what it’s like to be both writers and editors, and how they have both written for and edited for each other. This episode is a production of Longreads…
Gossip, Dirt and Reality: Editors Roundtable
May 31 • 27 min
Catherine Cusick, Matt Giles, Krista Stevens and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: The Secret Oral History of Bennington: The 1980s’ Most Decadent College from Esquire …
Edible Complex: A Reading by Jen Doll
May 28 • 26 min
Never eat pot chocolate on a third date, and other lessons about love. Jen Doll reads her Longreads essay Edible Complex. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Mike Rugnetta, with help from Sari Botton….
Cities, And How They Used to be Good: Editors Roundtable
May 24 • 35 min
Kelly Stout, Mike Dang, Ethan Chiel and Aaron Gilbreath share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: • ‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a…
Inside womenSports Magazine: Billie Jean King’s Sports Publishing Revolution
May 22 • 29 min
Longreads Sports Columnist Britni de la Cretaz and Head Of Fact-Checking Matt Giles talk about Britni’s new Longreads article, An Audience of Athletes: The Rise and Fall of Feminist Sports, and share some clips of her interview with Billie Jean…
170 Million Pieces Of Trash Orbiting The Earth and No One Knows How To Use An Apostrophe: Editors’ Roundtable
May 17 • 31 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick and Krista Stevens share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: The Gen X package from the New York Times He Trots On Air by Outside The Curious…
La Otra: A Reading by Jaquira Díaz
May 14 • 33 min
When a woman and her daughter moved in next door, Jaquira Díaz found her world was suddenly turned upside down. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason Oberholtzer, with help from Sari Botton. Hosted by…
Violence of Men, Money and Space: Editors Roundtable
May 10 • 39 min
Ethan Chiel, Catherine Cusick, Aaron Gilbreath and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: My Cousin Was My Hero. Until the Day He Tried to Kill Me from the New York…
Dancing Backup: A Reading and Conversation with Carina del Valle Schorske
May 7 • 42 min
Carina del Valle Schorske reads from her essay Dancing Backup: Puerto Ricans in the American Muchedumbre (which published last month on Longreads) about a lineage of Puerto Rican backup dancers in American entertainment from Rita Moreno…
Alma Matters, Raisin Hell, and Upstairs Cocaine: Editors Roundtable
May 3 • 30 min
Ethan Chiel, Catherine Cusick, Matt Giles and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence at The Cut In Conversation: Anjelica Huston at…
Someone Called Mother: A Reading by Marcia Aldrich and Jill Talbot
Apr 30 • 28 min
Marcia Aldrich and Jill Talbot read their essay Someone Called Mother, about the secret selfs their mothers maintained up to and beyond their deaths. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason…
Ladies on Late Capitalism: Editors Roundtable
Apr 26 • 36 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week: Farewell to Payless and its terrible, no good, very cheap, occasionally meaningful shoes at The…
Fact-Checker Round Table: The Sources Edition
Apr 23 • 54 min
Fact-Checkers assemble! Longreads Head of Fact-Checking, Matt Giles, leads a discussion on sources — the unreliable ones, the hostile ones, the nervous ones and the ones one finds on Wikipedia. Joining Matt are Longreads Editor-in-Chief Mike Dang,…
Running Water and Dry Seasons: Editors Roundtable
Apr 19 • 40 min
Catherine Cusick, Aaron Gilbreath, Krista Stevens and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. What’s Behind the Elective-Sobriety Trend at elemental How a tiny endangered species…
How Does a Person Lose Track of Their Diary? by Sophie Lucido Johnson
Apr 16 • 19 min
Sophie Lucido Johnson reads her essay How Does a Person Lose Track of Their Diary?, appearing in an illustrated version on Longreads.com, in which diary found in a used bookstore sets Johnson on a path she could never have expected. This…
Melting, Flooding, and Other Facts of Our Demise: Editors Roundtable
Apr 12 • 31 min
Aaron Gilbreath, Matt Giles, Danielle Jackson and Soraya Roberts share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week’s conversation includes: What Remains from The California Sunday Magazine Why black…
Cast by Chronic Illness Into a Limiting Role by Maris Kreizman
Apr 9 • 20 min
Maris Kreizman reads her essay “Cast by Chronic Illness Into a Limiting Role” about dreaming of performing arts camp and ending up homesick at diabetes camp instead. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason…
Group Therapy, Marriage Stans and Capitalist Scams: Editors Roundtable
Apr 5 • 27 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick, Matt Giles and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week’s conversation includes: Marriage: An Investigation at The Cut The Creeping Capitalist…
Finding Jai Alai’s Last Hope
Apr 2 • 27 min
Longreads Sports Columnist Britni de la Cretaz and Head Of Fact-Checking Matt Giles wanted to find out what happened to Becky Smith, the woman who was supposed to have become the first female professional jai alai player in the United States, but…
Phone Phreaks, Fake Neighbors and Real Nemeses: Editors Roundtable
Mar 29 • 25 min
Ethan Chiel, Catherine Cusick and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Woman Of Color In Wide Open Spaces: A Reading and Conversation with Minda Honey
Mar 26 • 40 min
Minda Honey reads her essay Woman of Color in Wide Open Spaces and then speaks with Essays Editor Sari Botton about the inspiration for her piece and her other writing on dating as a woman of color. This episode is a production of Longreads…
Write Like A Rat and Don’t Kick Swans: Editors Roundtable
Mar 22 • 28 min
Catherine Cusick, Mike Dang, Aaron Gilbreath and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a (Hoop) Dream?
Mar 19 • 34 min
Senior Editor Kelly Stout and Longreads Head of Research Matt Giles talk about Matt’s new feature on Dan Stoddard, a Canadian bus driver in his late 30s pursuing his dream of playing professional basketball. This episode is a production…
Knowledge Earned, Sought and Bought: Editors Roundtable
Mar 15 • 28 min
Catherine Cusick, Danielle Jackson and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
In Conversation with Tori Telfer: Jill The Ripper
Mar 12 • 41 min
Dana Snitzky chats with Tori Telfer, host of the Criminal Broads podcast, about the rich history of research and speculation on the theory Jack The Ripper was a woman, plus all manner of other topics related to killers — serial, female and…
Nature, Bad Eggs and a Good Dog: Editors Roundtable
Mar 8 • 27 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick, Aaron Gilbreath and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
An Introduction to Death: A Fine Lines Essay by A.M. Homes
Mar 5 • 34 min
Author A.M. Homes reads her Fine Lines essay, An Introduction to Death, then sits down with Longreads Essays Editor Sari Botton to talk about her story collection, “Days of Awe,” the strangeness of getting older but still feeling young, and…
Trauma, Psychics and Coping Mechanisms: Editors Roundtable
Mar 1 • 28 min
Ethan Chiel, Catherine Cusick and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
In Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib: On Loving A Tribe Called Quest
Feb 26 • 26 min
Jonathan Auping chats with Hanif Abdurraqib about his new book Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Whitney Donaldson with help from Dana…
Towels, Twitter Feeds and The Truth: Editors Roundtable
Feb 22 • 23 min
Mike Dang, Aaron Gilbreath and Kelly Stout share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Elegy in Time Square: A Fine Lines Essay by Lily Burana
Feb 19 • 15 min
A former teenage peep show girl looks back on a queer love story that began in New York’s notorious red-light district. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, written and read by Lily Burana. Hosted by Catherine…
Rising Waters, Privilege Offset Points and Witch Power: Editors Roundtable
Feb 15 • 29 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick, Danielle Jackson and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Poached Eggs: An American Caviar Crime Caper
Feb 12 • 23 min
Take a deeper dive into David Gauvey Herbert’s Longreads feature about counterfeit caviar in an unlikely corner of rural America. David leads Longreads Audience Editor Catherine Cusick through interview tape he collected, a bit of caviar’s rich…
Grifters, Cops and Accumulated Wealth: Editors Roundtable
Feb 8 • 25 min
Mark Armstrong, Catherine Cusick, Mike Dang and Dana Snitzky share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Every Day I Write The Book
Feb 5 • 16 min
A Fine Lines Essay by Michael Musto
Cold Weather, Imposter Syndrome and Extraordinary Women: Editors Roundtable
Feb 1 • 29 min
Sari Botton, Mike Dang, Aaron Gilbreath and Krista Stevens share what they’ve been reading and nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Checking Facts in 2019: Fact-Checker Round Table
Jan 29 • 55 min
Fact-Checkers assemble! Longreads Editor-in-Chief Mike Dang leads a discussion on the state of facts in 2019 with Seyward Darby (Editor-in-Chief, The Atavist Magazine) and Longreads Fact-Checkers Ethan Chiel and Samantha Schuyler.
Discovered, General, Unassigned: Editors Roundtable
Jan 25 • 23 min
Catherine Cusick, Aaron Gilbreath, Krista Stevens and Kelly Stout nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
In Conversation with Doree Shafrir: Dress You Up In My Love
Jan 22 • 20 min
Writer & podcaster Doree Shafrir joins Essays Editor Sari Botton in conversation about her recent original Longreads essay, Dress You Up In My Love, in which she reflects on how Halloween changed for her after struggling with…
Eclipsing, Braiding And Weaving: Editors Roundtable
Jan 18 • 22 min
Sari Botton, Catherine Cusick, Dana Snitzky and Michelle Weber nominate stories for the Top 5 Longreads of the week.
Living With Dolly Parton
Jan 15 • 41 min
Asking difficult questions often comes at a cost
Introducing The Longreads Podcast
Jan 15 • 2 min
Longreads is thrilled to announce our new weekly podcast programming