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A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories.
270: Tyler Cowen
Nov 15 • 47 min
Tyler Cowen is an economist, the co-founder of Marginal Revolution, and the host of Conversations with Tyler. His latest book is The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. “I think of my central contribution, or what…
269: Jodi Kantor
Nov 8 • 55 min
Jodi Kantor is a New York Times investigative reporter and the author of The Obamas. “Being a reporter really robs you of self-consciousness and shyness. You realize that it’s this great gift of being able to ask crazy questions, either really…
268: Jim Nelson
Nov 1 • 62 min
Jim Nelson is the editor-in-chief of GQ. “One of the things that was initially a challenge was we would all think of ‘the print side’ and ‘the digital side.’ Now what we all think about is, ‘Okay, stop saying GQ.com and GQ the print…
267: Sarah Ellison
Oct 25 • 44 min
Sarah Ellison is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of War at the Wall Street Journal. “There’s no lack of stories. … There’s always an element where you’re going to be parachuting into something that someone has likely…
266: Patricia Bosworth
Oct 18 • 38 min
Patricia Bosworth is a journalist and biographer. Her latest book is The Men in My Life. “The [acting] rejections are hellish and ghastly. At least they were to me. And I got tired of being rejected so much and also tired of not being able to…
265: Michael Barbaro
Oct 11 • 61 min
Michael Barbaro is the host of The Daily. “I don’t think The Daily should ever be my therapy session. That’s not what it’s meant to be, but I’m a human being. I arrive at work on a random Tuesday, and I do an interview with a guy like that,…
264: Vanessa Grigoriadis
Oct 4 • 48 min
Vanessa Grigoriadis writes for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. “I’m a controversial writer. I’ve never shied away from controversy. I’ve…
263: Jelani Cobb
Sep 27 • 57 min
Dr. Jelani Cobb is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of three books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He teaches journalism at Columbia University. “Ralph Wiley — the sports writer, late Ralph Wiley…
262: PJ Vogt of Reply All (Part 2)
Sep 20 • 55 min
PJ Vogt is the co-host of Reply All. “Every radio story is broken. Everything is missing some piece it’s supposed to have. Everything has some weird interview that didn’t go the way you thought it was going to go, or you thought you had an…
262: Alex Goldman of Reply All (Part 1)
Sep 20 • 53 min
Alex Goldman is the co-host of Reply All. “I am not the authority on the internet. I’m not an expert on particularly anything, except stuff that I like.” Thanks to MailChimp, Squarespace, and Blinkist for sponsoring this week’s episode. …
261: Hillary Clinton
Sep 13 • 54 min
Hillary Clinton is the former Democratic nominee for president. Her new book is What Happened. “I hugged a lot of people after [my concession speech] was over. A lot of people cried … and then it was done. So Bill and I went out and got in the…
260: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Sep 6 • 53 min
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist. Her latest piece is “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof.” “I remember feeling like ‘you’re playing chess with evil, and you gotta win.’ Because this is the most terrible thing I’d…
259: Ellen Barry
Aug 30 • 43 min
Ellen Barry is the former New York Times bureau chief for South Asia. “Every time you leave a beat—and this is something that I think as foreign correspondents we rarely communicate to our readers—you’re walking away from a story which has…
258: Kate Fagan
Aug 22 • 50 min
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for ESPN. Her latest book is What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. “When I was professionally closeted, I was kind of bitter. I didn’t have a ton of…
257: Jay Caspian Kang
Aug 16 • 53 min
Jay Caspian Kang is a writer at large at The New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Vice News Tonight. “I make a pretty provocative argument about how Asian American identity doesn’t really exist—how it’s basically just an academic…
256: David Gessner
Aug 9 • 50 min
David Gessner is the author of ten books. His latest is Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth. “The ambition got in my way at first. Because I wanted my stuff to be great, and it froze me up. But later on it was really helpful. I’m…
255: Matthew Klam
Aug 1 • 51 min
Matthew Klam is a journalist and fiction writer. His new novel is Who Is Rich?. “The New Yorker had hyped me with this “20 Under 40” thing…and when the tenth anniversary of that list [came], somebody wrote an article about it. And they found…
254: Maggie Haberman
Jul 26 • 50 min
Maggie Haberman covers the White House for The New York Times. “If I start thinking about it, then I’m not going to be able to just keep doing my job. I’m being as honest as I can — I try not to think about it. If you’re flying a plane and you…
253: Steven Levy
Jul 19 • 57 min
Steven Levy writes for Wired, where he is the editor of Backchannel. “It’s about people. Travis Kalanick’s foibles aren’t because he’s a technology executive. It’s because he’s Travis Kalanick. That’s the way he is. There is a certain…
252: Mark Bowden
Jul 12 • 42 min
Mark Bowden is a journalist and the author of 13 books, including Black Hawk Down and his latest, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. “My goal is never to condemn someone that I’m writing about. It’s always to understand…
239: S-Town’s Brian Reed
Jul 4 • 72 min
Brian Reed, a senior producer at This American Life, is the host of S-Town. “It’s a story about the remarkableness of what could be called an unremarkable life.” Thanks to MailChimp, Babbel, and Squarespace for sponsoring this episode. …
251: Ginger Thompson
Jun 28 • 61 min
Ginger Thompson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico.” “How many times have I written the phrase ‘a town that was controlled by drug traffickers?’ I had…
250: Patricia Lockwood
Jun 21 • 41 min
Patricia Lockwood is a poet and essayist. Her new book is Priestdaddy: A Memoir. “[Prose writing is] strange to me as a poet. I’m like, ‘Well I guess I’ll tell you just what happened then.’ But the humor has to be there as well. Because in…
249: John Grisham
Jun 14 • 50 min
John Grisham is the author of 38 books, including his latest novel, Camino Island. “A Time to Kill didn’t sell. It just didn’t sell. There was never any talk of going back for a second printing. No talk of paper back. No foreign deal. It was a…
248: Erin Lee Carr
Jun 7 • 57 min
Erin Lee Carr is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Her new film is Mommy Dead and Dearest. “I feel like I’ve always had the story down—that’s not been really difficult for me. So the difficult thing, I think, for me, has always been…
247: Ariel Levy
May 31 • 54 min
Ariel Levy, a New Yorker staff writer, is the author of The Rules Do Not Apply. “I don’t believe in ‘would this’ and ‘would that.’ There’s no ‘everything happens for a reason.’ Everything happens, and then you just fucking…
246: Jeffrey Gettleman
May 24 • 52 min
Jeffrey Gettleman is the East Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times and the author of Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival. “I’m not an adventure-seeking adrenaline junky. I like to explore new worlds, but I’m not one of…
245: Rafe Bartholomew
May 17 • 55 min
Rafe Bartholomew is the former features editor at Grantland and the author of Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me. “I never saw it as something negative because [my dad] comes out, to me, at the end, extremely heroic. … He becomes this dad…
244: Nick Bilton
May 10 • 59 min
Nick Bilton is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and the author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. “I’ve been covering tech for a long, long time. And the thing I’ve always tried to do is…
243: Samin Nosrat
May 3 • 58 min
Samin Nosrat is a food writer, educator, and chef. Her new book is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. “I kind of couldn’t exist as just a cook or a writer. I kind of need to be both. Because they fulfill these two…
242: Sarah Menkedick
Apr 26 • 34 min
Sarah Menkedick is a freelance writer and the founder of Vela. Her upcoming book is Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm. “I’d been rejected a ton of times—I had that 400-page thing that never became a book. So there were…
241: David Grann
Apr 19 • 73 min
David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. “The more stories I reported over time, the more I just realized there are parts of the story I can’t always…
240: Alex Kotlowitz
Apr 12 • 51 min
Alex Kotlowitz is a journalist whose work has appeared in print, radio, and film. He’s the author of three books, including There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. “The truth of the matter is, given what…
239: Brian Reed
Apr 5 • 73 min
Brian Reed, a senior producer at This American Life, is the host of S-Town. “It’s a story about the remarkableness of what could be called an unremarkable life.” Thanks to MailChimp, Casper, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week’s episode. …
238: Hrishikesh Hirway
Mar 29 • 45 min
Hrishikesh Hirway is the host of Song Exploder. “I love the idea that somebody would listen to an episode [of Song Exploder] and then the feeling that they would have afterwards is, ‘Now I want to make something.’ That’s the best possible…
237: Sheelah Kolhatkar
Mar 22 • 62 min
Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street. “Suddenly the financial crisis happened and all this stuff that had…
236: Al Baker
Mar 15 • 61 min
Al Baker is a crime reporter at The New York Times, where he writes the series “Murder in the 4-0.” “When there’s a murder in a public housing high rise, there’s a body on the floor. Jessica White in a playground, on a hot summer night. Her…
235: Caity Weaver
Mar 8 • 46 min
Caity Weaver is a staff writer at GQ. “I always try to remember: you don’t have to tell people what you’re not good at. You don’t have to remind them of what you’re not doing well or what your weak points are. Don’t apologize for things…
234: Matthew Cole
Mar 1 • 59 min
Matthew Cole is an investigative reporter at The Intercept, where he recently published “The Crimes of Seal Team 6.” “I’ve gotten very polite and very impolite versions of ‘go fuck yourself.’ I used to have a little sheet of paper where I…
233: Alexis C. Madrigal
Feb 22 • 57 min
Alexis C. Madrigal is an editor-at-large for Fusion, where he’s producing the upcoming podcast, Containers. “Sometimes you think like, ‘Man the media business is the worst. This is so hard.’ When you spend time with all these other business…
232: Ana Marie Cox
Feb 15 • 51 min
Ana Marie Cox is the senior political correspondent for MTV News, conducts the “Talk” interviews in The New York Times Magazine, and founded Wonkette. “When people are sending me hate mail or threats, one defense I have against that is ‘you…
231: Brooke Gladstone
Feb 8 • 46 min
Brooke Gladstone is the host of On the Media. “I’ve learned so much about how easy it is to redefine reality in this era of billions of filter bubbles. How easy it is to cast doubt on what is undeniably true. And I think that that’s what…
230: Ezra Edelman
Feb 1 • 62 min
Ezra Edelman is the director of O.J.: Made in America. “When I say what I learned is that America is even more fucked up than I had previously thought, it’s that—the superficiality of it. How we are willingly seduced by these shiny people and…
229: Alexey Kovalev
Jan 25 • 29 min
Alexey Kovalev is a Moscow-based journalist and the author of the recent article, “A Message to My Doomed Colleagues in the American Media.” “It’s really disheartening to see how little it takes for people to start believing in something that…
228: Jeff Sharlet
Jan 18 • 54 min
Jeff Sharlet writes about politics and religion for Esquire, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and more. “I like the stories with difficult people. I like the stories about people who are dismissed as monsters. I hate the term ‘monster.’…
227: Jace Clayton
Jan 11 • 47 min
Jace Clayton is a music writer and musician who records as DJ /rupture. His book is Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture. “What does it mean to be young and have some sound inside your head? Or to be in a scene that you want to…
226: Terry Gross
Jan 4 • 81 min
Terry Gross is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air. “Part of my philosophy of life is that you have to live with a certain amount of delusion. And part of the delusion I live with is that maybe, from experience, I’m getting a little…
225: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Dec 21, 2016 • 60 min
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest cover story is “My President Was Black.” “[People] have come to see me as somebody with answers, but I don’t actually have…
224: Hua Hsu
Dec 14, 2016 • 37 min
Hua Hsu writes for The New Yorker and is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. “I remember, as a kid, my dad telling me that when he moved to the United States he subscribed to The New Yorker, and then he…
223: Carl Zimmer
Dec 7, 2016 • 54 min
Carl Zimmer, a columnist for the New York Times and a national correspondent at STAT, writes about science. “[Criticism] doesn’t change the truth. You know? Global warming is still happening. Vaccines still work. Evolution is still true. No matter…
222: Wesley Lowery
Nov 30, 2016 • 47 min
Wesley Lowery is a national reporter at the Washington Post, where he worked on the Pulitzer-winning project, “Fatal Force.” His new book is They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. “I…
221: Adam Moss
Nov 23, 2016 • 59 min
Adam Moss is the editor of New York Magazine. “I think [change] is good for journalism—it’s what journalism is about. You can’t write about something static. News is about what is new. So there’s plenty of new right now. I’m not saying…
220: Kyle Chayka
Nov 16, 2016 • 37 min
Kyle Chayka is a freelance writer who writes for Businessweek, The Verge, Racked, The New Yorker, and more. “I love that idea of form and content being the same. I want to write about lifestyle in a lifestyle magazine. I want to critique technology…
219: Susan Casey
Nov 11, 2016 • 43 min
Susan Casey is the former editor of O and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. Her latest is Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins. “The funny thing is people often say, ‘You must be…
218: Wesley Morris
Nov 2, 2016 • 60 min
Wesley Morris is a critic at large for The New York Times, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the co-host of Still Processing. His latest article is “Last Taboo: Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality.” “You…
217: Doreen St. Félix
Oct 26, 2016 • 62 min
Doreen St. Félix is a writer at MTV News. “It feels like there are images of black utopias that are arising. And you can’t—even if you’re not as superstitious as me—you can’t possibly think that that doesn’t have to do with the decline,…
216: Emily Witt
Oct 19, 2016 • 54 min
Emily Witt is a freelance writer and the author of Future Sex. “I think I had always thought that—maybe this is coming from a WASPy, protestant background—if I presented myself as overtly sexual in any way, it would be a huge turnoff. That they…
215: Krista Tippett
Oct 12, 2016 • 55 min
Krista Tippett is the host of On Being and the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. “Good journalists in newsrooms hold themselves to primitive standards when they’re covering religious ideas and people….
214: Luke Dittrich
Oct 5, 2016 • 56 min
Luke Dittrich is a contributing editor at Esquire. His new book is Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets. “As soon as I told [my mom] that I got my first book deal for this story about Patient H.M., her first words were, ‘Oh…
213: A.J. Daulerio
Sep 28, 2016 • 62 min
A.J. Daulerio is the former editor-in-chief of Gawker. “The choices they’ve given me are take back everything that you loved about Nick [Denton], Gawker, and your job, and we’ll give you your $1,000 back or your ability to make money. You can…
212: Julia Turner
Sep 21, 2016 • 63 min
Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate. “That’s what we’ve been focused on: trying to double down on the stuff that feels distinctive and original. Because if you spend all your time on a social platform, and a bunch of media brands are…
211: Naomi Zeichner
Sep 14, 2016 • 46 min
Naomi Zeichner is editor-in-chief of The Fader. “Right now in rap there’s kind of a huge tired idea that kids are trying to kill their idols, and kids have no respect for history, and kids are making bastardized crazy music, and how dare they? I…
210: Ben Taub
Sep 7, 2016 • 76 min
Ben Taub is a contributing writer at The New Yorker. “I don’t think it’s my place to be cynical because I’ve observed some of the horrors of the Syrian War through these various materials, but it’s Syrians that are living them. It’s…
209: Sarah Schweitzer
Aug 31, 2016 • 45 min
Sarah Schweitzer is a former feature writer for the Boston Globe. “I just am drawn, I think, to the notion that we start out as these creatures that just want love and were programmed that way—to try to find it and to make our lives whole. We are,…
208: Rachel Monroe
Aug 24, 2016 • 51 min
Rachel Monroe is a freelance writer based in Texas. “I will totally go emotionally deep with people. If I can find a subject who is into that then it will probably be a good story. Whether that person is a victim of a crime, or a committer of a…
207: McKay Coppins
Aug 19, 2016 • 39 min
McKay Coppins is a senior political writer for Buzzfeed News and the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. “I am part of the problem. Not in the sense that…
206: Gabriel Sherman
Aug 16, 2016 • 55 min
Gabriel Sherman is the national affairs editor at New York and the author of the New York Times best-seller
Special ‘Love and Ruin’ Reissue: Jon Mooallem
Aug 12, 2016 • 52 min
Jon Mooallem is the author of ”American Hippopotamus,” a story included in Love and Ruin, the new Atavist Magazine collection. Buy your copy today.
205: Ezra Klein
Aug 10, 2016 • 65 min
Ezra Klein the editor-in-chief of Vox. “I think that if any of these big players collapse, when their obits are written, it’ll be because they did too much. I’m not saying I think any of them in particular are doing too much. But I do think,…
204: Malcolm Gladwell
Aug 3, 2016 • 51 min
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new podcast is Revisionist History. “The amount of criticism you get is a constant function of the size of your audience. So if you think that, generously speaking, 80% of the people who read…
203: Ellis Jones
Jul 27, 2016 • 32 min
Ellis Jones is the editor-in-chief of VICE Magazine. “I’m just not an edgy person. You know what I mean? I think I am a nice person. I think VICE Magazine reflects the qualities that I want to have or think that I have or that my team has. The…
202: David Remnick
Jul 20, 2016 • 65 min
David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. “I think it’s important — not just for me, but for the readers — that this thing exists at the highest possible level in 2016, in 2017, and on. That there’s a continuity to it. I know,…
201: T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
Jul 13, 2016 • 52 min
T. Christian Miller, senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, staff writer at The Marshall Project, co-wrote the Pulitzer-winning article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” “I won’t forget this: when T. and I talked on…
200: Jack Hitt
Jul 6, 2016 • 57 min
Jack Hitt contributes to Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and This American Life. “I’ve always lived more or less unemployed in these markets, and happily so. I think being unemployed keeps you a little more sharp in terms of looking for…
199: Kathryn Schulz
Jun 29, 2016 • 59 min
Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “The Really Big One,” her article about the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. “I can tell you in absolute sincerity: I didn’t realize I was writing a scary story….
Bonus Episode: Shane Bauer
Jun 27, 2016 • 48 min
Shane Bauer, a senior reporter for Mother Jones, spent four months working undercover as a guard in a private prison. “The thing that I grappled with the most afterward was a feeling of shame about who I was as a guard and some of the things that I…
198: Frank Rich
Jun 22, 2016 • 46 min
Frank Rich, a former culture and political columnist for The New York Times, writes for New York and is the executive producer of Veep. “All audiences bite back. If you have an opinion—forget about whether it’s theater or politics. If…
Bonus Episode: Louisa Thomas and Evan Thomas
Jun 19, 2016 • 57 min
Louisa Thomas, a former writer and editor at Grantland, is a New Yorker contributor and the author of Louisa. Her father Evan Thomas, a longtime writer for Newsweek and Time, is the author of several award-winning books, including last year’s Being…
197: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Jun 15, 2016 • 48 min
Nikole Hannah-Jones covers civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. “I don’t think there’s any beat you can cover in America that race is not intertwined with—environment, politics, business, housing, you name it. So, whatever beat you…
196: Jon Favreau
Jun 8, 2016 • 66 min
Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for President Obama, is a columnist at The Ringer and co-host of Keepin’ It 1600. “And then Obama comes over to my desk with the speech, and he has a few edits. And he’s like, ‘I just want to go through…
195: Leah Finnegan
Jun 1, 2016 • 52 min
Leah Finnegan, a former New York Times and Gawker editor, is the managing news editor at Genius. “After the Condé Nast article, Nick Denton decided Gawker needed to be 20% nicer, and I took a buyout because I was not 20% nicer.” Thanks to…
194: Pablo S. Torre
May 25, 2016 • 57 min
Pablo Torre is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine and frequently appears on Around the Horn, PTI, and other ESPN shows. “Most of my friends are not sports fans. My parents aren’t. Brother and sister — no. So I just want to make things that they…
193: Robin Marantz Henig
May 18, 2016 • 56 min
Robin Marantz Henig, the author of nine books, writes about science and medicine for The New York Times Magazine. “I have my moments of thinking, ‘Well, why is this still so hard? Why do I still have to prove myself after all this time?’ If I…
192: Seymour Hersh
May 11, 2016 • 40 min
Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. “The government had denied everything we said. We just asked them and they said, ‘Oh no, not true, not true.’ That’s just—it’s all pro…
191: Kelly McEvers
May 4, 2016 • 56 min
Kelly McEvers, a former war correspondent, hosts NPR’s All Things Considered and the podcast Embedded. “Listeners want you to be real, a real person. Somebody who stumbles and fails sometimes. I think the more human you are, the more people can then…
Bonus Episode: Evan Ratliff
Apr 29, 2016 • 46 min
Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses “The Mastermind,” his new 7-part serialized story in The Atavist Magazine. “On several occasions [sources] didn’t want to go into the details of how they were identified. They were just…
190: Susie Cagle
Apr 27, 2016 • 41 min
Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator. “I don’t really know what it was that made me not quit. I still kind of wonder that. There have been many times over the last couple of years even, as things are taking off in my career, things are…
189: Maciej Ceglowski
Apr 20, 2016 • 59 min
Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words. “My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it’s unrecognizable or gets sold or…
188: Nate Silver
Apr 13, 2016 • 54 min
Nate Silver is the founder of FiveThirtyEight and the author of The Signal and the Noise. “I know in a perfectly rational world, if you make an 80/20 prediction, people should know that not only will this prediction not be right all the time,…
187: Elizabeth Gilbert
Apr 6, 2016 • 77 min
Elizabeth Gilbert has written for Spin, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of several books, including Eat, Pray, Love. “I call it the platinum rule. The golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but…
186: Gabriel Synder
Mar 30, 2016 • 45 min
Gabriel Snyder is the editor-in-chief of The New Republic. “I had a new job, I was new to the place, and I came to it with a great deal of respect but didn’t feel like I had any special claim to it. But in that moment I realized that…
185: Ben Smith
Mar 23, 2016 • 58 min
Ben Smith is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. “I do think as a reporter in general, most of what we deal in is ephemera. And I love that. I mean that’s the business, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact,…
184: Daniel Alarcón
Mar 16, 2016 • 60 min
Daniel Alarcón, a novelist and the co-founder of Radio Ambulante, has written for Harper’s, California Sunday, and the New York Times Magazine. “I’m a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, and I care a lot about my sentences…
183: Jia Tolentino
Mar 9, 2016 • 61 min
Jia Tolentino is the deputy editor of Jezebel. “Insult itself is an opportunity. I’m glad to be a woman, and I’m glad not to be white. I think it’s made me tougher. I’ve never been able to assume comfort or power….
182: Heather Havrilesky
Mar 2, 2016 • 60 min
Heather Havrilesky writes the Ask Polly advice column for New York and is the author of the upcoming How to Be a Person in the World. “I don’t give a shit if I succeed or fail or what I do next, I just want to do things that are strange…
181: Wesley Yang
Feb 24, 2016 • 53 min
Wesley Yang writes for New York and other publications. “If a person remains true to some part of their experience, no matter what it is, and they present it in full candor, there’s value to that. People will recognize it. Once I knew…
180: Mishka Shubaly
Feb 17, 2016 • 50 min
Mishka Shubaly is the author of I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You and several best-selling Kindle Singles. “I remember thinking when I was shipwrecked in the Bahamas, ‘I’m going to fucking die here. I’m 24 years old,…
179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton
Feb 10, 2016 • 75 min
Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round. “I’m just trying to follow my curiosities. You know how kids always ask the best questions because they haven’t lost the will to live? I’m just desperately trying to keep that…
178: Michael J. Mooney
Feb 3, 2016 • 58 min
Michael J. Mooney is a staff writer at D Magazine and the author of The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle. “There are some elements of crime stories that are so absurd that it’s funny, and so working on the “How Not to Get Away With…
177: Alex Perry
Jan 27, 2016 • 57 min
Alex Perry, based in England, has covered Africa and Asia for Newsweek and Time. His most recent book is The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free. “I got a call from one of my editors in 2003 or 2004, and he said something like, ‘You realize…
176: Grant Wahl
Jan 20, 2016 • 51 min
Grant Wahl is senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of The Beckham Experiment. “I said to Balotelli, ‘I know you’re into President Obama. There’s a decent chance that he might read this story.’ He kind of…
175: Brooke Gladstone
Jan 13, 2016 • 63 min
Brooke Gladstone is the co-host of On the Media and the author of The Influencing Machine. “I’m not going to get any richer or more famous than I am right now. This is it, this is fine — it’s better than I ever expected. I don’t have…
174: Venkatesh Rao
Jan 5, 2016 • 54 min
Venkatesh Rao is the founder of Ribbonfarm and the author of Breaking Smart. “I would say I was blind and deaf and did not know anything about how the world worked until I was about 25. It took until almost 35 before I actually cut loose from…
173: Doug McGray
Dec 23, 2015 • 59 min
Doug McGray is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of California Sunday and Pop-Up. “Your life ends up being made up of the things you remember. You forget most of it, but the things that you remember become your life. And if you can make…
172: Kliph Nesteroff
Dec 16, 2015 • 62 min
Kliph Nesteroff writes for WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. His book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy, was released in November. “Well, comedy always becomes stale. Whether it’s offensive or not…
171: Adrian Chen
Dec 9, 2015 • 49 min
Adrian Chen is a freelance journalist who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired. His latest article is “Unfollow,” about a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church. “Twitter and social media get such a bad…
170: Aleksandar Hemon at the Miami Book Fair
Dec 4, 2015 • 34 min
Aleksandar Hemon is a writer from Bosnia whose fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Granta. His books include The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, and The Book of My Lives. “For me and for everyone I know, that’s…
169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair
Dec 2, 2015 • 37 min
Chip Kidd is a book designer and author. His most recent book is Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts. “The curious thing about doing a book cover is that you’re creating a piece of art, but it is in service to a…
168: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nov 25, 2015 • 66 min
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest book, Between the World and Me, just won the National Book Award. “When I first came to New York, I couldn’t see any of this. I felt like a complete washout. I was…
167: Kurt Andersen
Nov 18, 2015 • 60 min
Kurt Andersen is the co-founder of Spy Magazine, the author of several books, and the host of Studio 360. “As a young person, I never thought of myself as a risk-taker. Then I did this risky thing that shouldn’t have succeeded, I started this…
166: Ed Caesar
Nov 11, 2015 • 48 min
Ed Caesar is a freelance writer based in England whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, British GQ, and The Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon. “That was a really horrific…
165: Jazmine Hughes
Nov 4, 2015 • 46 min
Jazmine Hughes is an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and The New Republic. “You hope that one day when you’re the editor-in-chief of Blah, Blah, Blah,…
164: Lena Dunham
Oct 28, 2015 • 25 min
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, is the co-founder of Lenny and the author of Not That Kind of Girl. A special episode hosted by Longform Podcast editor Jenna Weiss-Berman. “Writing across mediums can be a really healthy way to…
163: Matthew Shaer
Oct 21, 2015 • 60 min
Matthew Shaer is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and The Atavist Magazine. “I could not turn off the freelance switch in my head. I could not not be thinking about these different types…
162: John Seabrook
Oct 14, 2015 • 65 min
John Seabrook is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory. “Whether or not the piece succeeds or fails is not going to depend on whether I’m up to the minute on the latest social media spot to…
161: Karina Longworth
Oct 7, 2015 • 50 min
Karina Longworth is a film writer and the creator/host of You Must Remember This, a podcast exploring the secret stories of Hollywood. “For me the thing that’s exciting about it is that it’s research, and it’s reportage,…
160: Jessica Hopper
Sep 30, 2015 • 65 min
Jessica Hopper is editor-in-chief of the Pitchfork Review and the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. “I have an agenda. You can’t read my writing and not know that I have a staunch fucking agenda…
159: Ira Glass
Sep 23, 2015 • 70 min
Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life. “You can only have so many questions about feelings, I think. At some point people are just like alright, enough with the feelings.” Thanks to MailChimp, EA SPORTS FIFA…
158: Peter Hessler (live)
Sep 16, 2015 • 38 min
Peter Hessler is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “It may have helped that I didn’t have a lot of ideas about China. You know, it was sort of a blank slate in my mind. …I wasn’t a reporter when I went to Fuling, but I was…
157: Margo Jefferson
Sep 9, 2015 • 69 min
Margo Jefferson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Harper’s. Her latest book is Negroland: A Memoir. “One of the problems with—burdens of—‘race conversations’ in this country is…
156: Renata Adler
Sep 2, 2015 • 82 min
Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her latest collection of nonfiction is After the Tall Timber. “Unless you’re going to be fairly definite, what’s the point of writing?” Thanks to MailChimp, and Squarespace for…
155: S.L. Price
Aug 26, 2015 • 51 min
S.L. Price is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. “The fact is, if you write about sports and people think they’re just reading about sports, they’ll read about drug use. They’ll read about sex. They’ll read about sex change. They’ll read…
154: William Finnegan
Aug 19, 2015 • 56 min
William Finnegan is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. “I suppose in retrospect I was just trying to find out what the world held that nobody could tell me about until I got there. I was a big reader and…
153: Tim Ferriss
Aug 12, 2015 • 63 min
Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body. “If you have a fitness magazine, you can’t just write one issue, ‘Here are the rules!’ … My job, conversely, is to make myself obsolete. The last…
152: Carol Loomis
Aug 5, 2015 • 60 min
Carol Loomis retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. She continues to edit Warren Buffett’s annual report. “Writing itself makes you realize where there are holes in things. I’m never sure what I think until I see what I write. And…
Bonus Episode: Noreen Malone
Jul 31, 2015 • 19 min
Noreen Malone wrote “Cosby: The Women — An Unwanted Sisterhood,” this week’s cover story in New York. “We interviewed them all separately, and that was what was so striking: they all kept saying the same thing, down to the details of…
151: Ian Urbina
Jul 29, 2015 • 43 min
Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, just published “The Outlaw Ocean,” a four-part series on crime in international waters. “It is a tribe. It has its norms, its language, and its jealousies. I approached it almost as…
150: Margaret Sullivan
Jul 22, 2015 • 45 min
Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times. “Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you,…
85: Tavi Gevinson
Jul 15, 2015 • 61 min
Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie. “I just want our readers to know that they are already smart enough and cool enough.” Thanks to our sponsor, TinyLetter. Show notes: @tavitulle Rookie thestylerookie.com [4:00]…
149: Ross Andersen
Jul 8, 2015 • 48 min
Ross Andersen is the deputy editor of Aeon Magazine. “One of the things that’s been really refreshing in dealing with scientists—as opposed to say politicians or most business people—is that scientists are wonderfully candid,…
148: Anna Holmes
Jul 1, 2015 • 60 min
Anna Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel, writes for The New York Times and is the editorial director of Fusion. “I think that Jezebel contributed to what I now call ‘outrage culture,’ but outrage culture has no sense of…
147: James Verini
Jun 24, 2015 • 51 min
James Verini, a freelance writer based out of Nairobi, won the 2015 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. “That is probably the most alien, jarring thing about working in Africa: life is much cheaper. More to the point, death is very close to…
146: Rembert Browne
Jun 17, 2015 • 60 min
Rembert Browne is a staff writer at Grantland. “I’m ok with not being at my most refined online. It’s happening in real time and some of that is therapeutic. I could write a lot this stuff privately, but I’d rather just hit publish and see what…
145: Ashlee Vance
Jun 10, 2015 • 58 min
Ashlee Vance covers technology for Bloomberg Businessweek and is the author of of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. “To be totally clear, I don’t cover them (apps). I like people who try to solve big…
144: Cheryl Strayed
Jun 3, 2015 • 103 min
Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things. “There’s a long history, of women especially, saying ‘Well, I just got lucky.’ I didn’t just get lucky. I worked my fucking ass off. And then I got lucky. And if I hadn’t worked my…
143: Masha Gessen
May 27, 2015 • 71 min
Masha Gessen has written for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and others. Her book about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, came out in April. “The moment she said it,…
142: Sarah Maslin Nir
May 20, 2015 • 49 min
Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter for The New York Times, recently published an exposé of labor practices in the nail salons of New York. “The idea of a discount luxury is an oxymoron. And it’s an oxymoron for a reason: because someone…
141: Stephen J. Dubner
May 13, 2015 • 47 min
Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week. “I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very…
140: George Quraishi
May 6, 2015 • 53 min
George Quraishi is the co-founder and editor of Howler. “We raised $69,001. And that paid for the first issue. I call it subsistence magazine making, because every issue pays for the next one.” Thanks to TinyLetter, Squarespace, The…
139: Andy Greenwald
Apr 29, 2015 • 66 min
Andy Greenwald covers television for Grantland. “People are enthusiastic about TV. People want to read about it. They want to talk about it. They want to know more. They want to extend its presence in their lives. People used to talk about the…
138: Alexis Okeowo
Apr 21, 2015 • 59 min
Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek. “Nigeria is a deeply sexist country. It can be difficult for people to take you seriously. But that also has its benefits,…
137: Rachel Syme
Apr 15, 2015 • 40 min
Rachel Syme has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Grantland, and more. “You have this sense that you’re bonding, but at the same time you’re also going to betray them. Because if you hear this quote that they say or you see…
136: Anna Sale
Apr 8, 2015 • 65 min
Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money. “It’s the result of listening, of feeling listened to, that people open up. I look like a crazy person when I do interviews, because sometimes someone will be describing something and I will…
135: Scott Anderson
Apr 1, 2015 • 61 min
Scott Anderson is a war correspondent and novelist. He’s written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and more. “I really feel that what’s at the root of so many wars now, modern wars, unconventional wars,…
134: Dayna Tortorici
Mar 25, 2015 • 53 min
Dayna Tortorici is the editor of n+1. “You can’t fetishize conflict so much. Because conflict does generate a lot of good work, but it also inhibits a lot of good work. I think people do their best work when they feel good. Or at least don’t…
133: Adam Platt
Mar 18, 2015 • 58 min
Adam Platt is the restaurant critic for New York. “My job was described to me recently as ‘the last great job of the 20th century.’ I think there might be something to that.” Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda, Casper, and…
132: Erik Larson
Mar 10, 2015 • 62 min
Erik Larson is the author of several books, including The Devil in the White City. His latest is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. “I realized then and there, that afternoon, the thing that was going to make this interesting was the…
131: Josh Dean
Mar 4, 2015 • 66 min
Josh Dean has written for GQ, Fast Company, New York, and more. His latest piece, “The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang,” was just published by The Atavist. “I sort of reject the whole idea of something being beneath me. There are obviously…
130: Mac McClelland
Feb 25, 2015 • 49 min
Mac McClelland has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and others. Her book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story came out this week. “I would just suddenly start sobbing, which is not something I usually do. I…
129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 2)
Feb 19, 2015 • 47 min
Rukmini Callimachi covers ISIS for The New York Times. Part 1 of this episode is available here. “Ever since I started in journalism, I feel like I’m perpetually winded. Like I’m just running as hard as I can to stay ahead of this train that’s…
129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 1)
Feb 18, 2015 • 68 min
Rukmini Callimachi covers ISIS for The New York Times. “Nine out of 10 Americans said they were aware of James Foley’s execution. That’s a huge win for ISIS. That’s what they want. I think they’ve realized that journalists are the crème…
128: Jack Shafer
Feb 11, 2015 • 56 min
Jack Shafer covers the media for Politico. “This is a true story, not a ‘Brian Williams story’: my first report card said ‘Jack is a very good student, but he has a tendency to start fights on the playground and bring them…
127: Molly Crabapple
Feb 4, 2015 • 53 min
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer. She is a columnist for VICE and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and Vanity Fair. “As long as the marginalized communities I’m writing about don’t think I’m…
126: Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Jan 28, 2015 • 61 min
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and GQ. “My writing career was something that was always about to happen, just as soon as the baby falls asleep, just as soon as I finish watching this five-hour bout…
125: Anand Gopal
Jan 21, 2015 • 64 min
Anand Gopal has written for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s and Foreign Policy. He’s the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. “When I got to the Taliban, I got out my…
124: Alex Blumberg
Jan 14, 2015 • 62 min
Alex Blumberg is a former producer for This American Life and Planet Money. Last year he founded Gimlet Media, a podcast network, and hosts its first show, StartUp. “When someone starts talking about something difficult, when they get…
123: Nicholas Carlson
Jan 7, 2015 • 73 min
Nicholas Carlson writes for Business Insider. His book Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! came out this week. “To me people are what’s really interesting. Marissa Mayer is a once in a lifetime subject. She’s full of…
77: Dan P. Lee
Dec 31, 2014 • 67 min
Dan P. Lee is a contributing writer at New York. “I don’t believe in answers. That’s what compels me to write all of these stories. None of them ends nicely, none of them ends neatly.” Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week’s…
67: Evan Wright
Dec 24, 2014 • 69 min
Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill. “When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the…
122: Hanna Rosin
Dec 17, 2014 • 59 min
Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor at DoubleX. “I often think of reporting as dating, or even speed dating. You’re looking for someone where there’s a spark there between you and them. Sometimes…
121: Meghan Daum
Dec 10, 2014 • 49 min
Meghan Daum’s latest book of essays is The Unspeakable. “As writers we think, well there has to be closure, there has to be a beginning middle end, the character has to go through a change. And then in life we’re supposed to have some sort of…
120: Katie J.M. Baker
Dec 3, 2014 • 43 min
Katie J.M. Baker is a reporter for BuzzFeed. “I went to Steubenville a year after the sexual assault to cover their first big football game of the season and I was face-to-face with these people who I had been writing about without knowing much…
119: Alec Wilkinson
Nov 26, 2014 • 50 min
Alec Wilkinson is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “My hero was Joseph Mitchell, that was how you did reporting. There was nothing conniving about it or cunning — you just simply kept returning and kept returning.” Thanks to…
118: Emma Carmichael
Nov 19, 2014 • 51 min
Emma Carmichael, a former editor at Deadspin and The Hairpin, is the editor in chief of Jezebel. “Online feminism has more and more rules lately. There are only so many things you can say. And while our opinions are getting more constrained online,…
117: Reihan Salam
Nov 12, 2014 • 70 min
Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review. “I’m incredibly curious about other people. I’m curious about what they think of as the constraints operating on their lives. Why do they think what they think? If I weren’t…
116: Jake Halpern
Nov 5, 2014 • 60 min
Jake Halpern, a contributor to This American Life, has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. His latest book is Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld. “I test out my stories on my kids. You…
115: Jen Percy
Oct 29, 2014 • 45 min
Jen Percy is the author of Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism. “As is the nature of obsession, you just start gathering materials, hoarding documents and taking notes in a way that’s totally chaotic and overwhelming. You don’t even care yet…
114: Jessica Pressler
Oct 22, 2014 • 59 min
Jessica Pressler writes for New York, Elle and GQ. “I really like hustlers, stories about someone who comes out of nowhere and tries to do it for themselves. Those people are just easy to like. Even when they’re sort of terrible, they’re easy to…
113: Wendy MacNaughton
Oct 15, 2014 • 60 min
Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist and the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them. “We mostly hear stories from big personalities who already have a spotlight on them. I think that everybody carries stories that are…
112: Don Van Natta Jr.
Oct 8, 2014 • 67 min
Don Van Natta Jr., a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, writes for ESPN and is the author of several books, including Wonder Girl. “The nature of the kind of work I do as an investigative reporter, every story you do is going to get attacked and the…
The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Oct 8, 2014 • 45 min
Today we are re-airing our February 2013 interivew with our friend Matt Power, who died earlier this year while on assignment in Uganda, to help raise money for Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. We have also reprinted Matt’s classic…
111: Anne Helen Petersen
Oct 1, 2014 • 66 min
Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week. “I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the very first issue and I obsessively catalogued it. I made a database on my Apple IIe where I put in…
110: Chris Hayes
Sep 24, 2014 • 64 min
Chris Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and is an editor-at-large for The Nation. “The instability was so intense and the anguish and frustration were so intense that there wasn’t a ton of time to think through, ‘Well, what is my…
109: Buzz Bissinger
Sep 16, 2014 • 100 min
Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and more. He is the author of several books, including Friday Night Lights. “It’s quiet. And I really felt I needed that quiet. People say,…
108: Sean Wilsey
Sep 10, 2014 • 54 min
Sean Wilsey has written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s Quarterly, where he is an editor-at-large. His latest book is More Curious. “I’m actually apparently a fairly competent person at…
107: Emily Bazelon
Sep 3, 2014 • 60 min
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones. “There’s nothing purely, or maybe even at all, altruistic about this exchange. It’s transactional in the Janet Malcolm classical sense,…
106: Zach Baron
Aug 27, 2014 • 64 min
Zach Baron is a staff writer for GQ. “People love to put celebrity stuff or culture stuff lower on the hierarchy than, say, a serial killer story. I think they’re all the same story. If you crack the human, you crack the human.” Thanks to…
105: Ben Anderson
Aug 20, 2014 • 61 min
Ben Anderson is a war journalist and documentary filmmaker. His latest book, The Interpreters, is available free from Vice. “You’re surrounded by people who are so poor. Maybe their family members have already been killed. And they still…
104: Lewis Lapham
Aug 13, 2014 • 49 min
Lewis Lapham, formerly the editor of Harper’s, is the founder of Lapham’s Quarterly. “The best part of my job was to come across a manuscript. You never knew what would show up. … I always had the sense of opening a present, hoping to be both…
103: Adam Higginbotham
Aug 6, 2014 • 54 min
Adam Higginbotham has written for Businessweek, Wired and The New Yorker. His latest story is A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, for The Atavist. “There’s always a narrative in a crime story. Something has always gone wrong. These guys are always in…
102: Brin-Jonathan Butler
Jul 30, 2014 • 53 min
Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for SB Nation, ESPN, and The New York Times. His new book is A Cuban Boxer’s Journey. “He smiled at me and just to make small talk, I said, ‘You know, you’ve got this gold grill on your teeth. Where did…
101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Jul 23, 2014 • 54 min
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah has written for The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Transition and The Paris Review. “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” her essay on Dave Chappelle, was a 2014 National Magazine Award finalist. “So the stakes are high….
The 100th Episode
Jul 16, 2014 • 78 min
A look back at some of our favorite moments from the first 99. Thanks to our sponsors, TinyLetter and Squarespace. Show Notes: [4:45] #3: David Grann [7:00] #4: Jon Mooallem [10:10] #7: Ta-Nehisi Coates [14:15] #9: Jeanne Marie…
99: John Heilemann
Jul 9, 2014 • 68 min
John Heilemann is the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and the co-author of Game Change and Double Down. “If you’re a writer, and you’re not an asshole, you want the maximum number of people to read your stuff. There’s nothing wrong with that….
75: George Saunders
Jul 2, 2014 • 64 min
George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December. “Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I’ll find human beings, I’ll find human interest, I’ll find…
98: Sarah Nicole Prickett
Jun 25, 2014 • 45 min
Sarah Nicole Prickett is the founding editor of Adult. “I’ll admit to being resistant to the ‘by women for women’ label that Adult had before because I saw it as being just ‘by women,’ period. That’s way more feminist than making something…
97: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Jun 18, 2014 • 63 min
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic. His latest cover story is “The Case for Reparations.” “The writer hopes for change, but writers can’t assume that their work is going to cause change.” Thanks to TinyLetter and I Am Zlatan,…
96: Nathaniel Rich
Jun 11, 2014 • 57 min
Nathaniel Rich writes for Rolling Stone, Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine. His latest novel is Odds Against Tomorrow. “I’m drawn to obsession. I think I’m an obsessive in a way, probably most writers are. It’s an obsessive act to sit at a…
95: Wesley Morris
Jun 4, 2014 • 75 min
Wesley Morris, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers film at Grantland. “That’s what writing about race and popular culture is for me: it’s crime reporting. It’s not me looking for an agenda when I go to the movies … but I feel a moral responsibility to…
94: Gary Smith
May 28, 2014 • 55 min
Gary Smith retired last month after more than 30 years of writing for Sports Illustrated. “We were on the Santa Monica Freeway, Ali’s driving 70 miles an hour and his eyes are drifting asleep—the medication for Parkinson’s would do that to…
93: Michael Paterniti
May 21, 2014 • 62 min
Michael Paterniti, a correspondent for GQ, has also written for Esquire, Rolling Stone and Outside. His latest book is The Telling Room. “I want to see it, whatever it is. If it’s war, if it’s suffering, if it’s complete, unbridled elation, I just…
92: Leslie Jamison
May 14, 2014 • 54 min
Leslie Jamison has written for The Believer, Harper’s and The New York Times. Her latest book is The Empathy Exams. “I sort of love imagining a small army of 22-year-old men who are just like, ‘Fuck that book, I wish it was never published.’” Thanks…
91: Michael Lewis
May 7, 2014 • 34 min
Michael Lewis has written for The New Republic, Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine. His latest book is Flash Boys. “When you’re telling a story, you’re essentially playing the cards you’re dealt. … Sometimes the hand is very easy to…
90: Susan Dominus
Apr 30, 2014 • 59 min
Susan Dominus is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. “A lot of reporting is really just hanging around and not going home until something interesting happens.” Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week’s episode. Show…
89: Alice Gregory
Apr 23, 2014 • 58 min
Alice Gregory has written for n+1, GQ, The New York Times and Harper’s. “If you don’t have a real story with a beginning, middle and an end, you owe it to the reader to kind of serve as their chaperone.” Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA…
88: Sam Biddle
Apr 16, 2014 • 53 min
Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag. “It’s a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. Considering Silicon Valley worthy of contempt is the first premise that we work from.” Thanks to TinyLetter…
87: Amanda Hess
Apr 9, 2014 • 51 min
Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate, has also written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, and ESPN the Magazine. “I ended up not loving the fact that I was getting a bunch of calls from MSNBC and CNN, who mostly wanted to talk about people threatening to…
86: Mattathias Schwartz
Apr 2, 2014 • 55 min
Mattathias Schwartz has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s. “I figure it’s like digging through a wall with a spoon: if you spend enough time at it eventually you get to the other side.” Thanks to TinyLetter and…
85: Tavi Gevinson
Mar 26, 2014 • 62 min
Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie. “I just want our readers to know that they are already smart enough and cool enough.” Thanks to this week’s sponsors, TinyLetter and Atavist Books. Show…
84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely
Mar 19, 2014 • 69 min
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF. “I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I’m very interested in why people do these things…
Matthew Power (1974-2014)
Mar 12, 2014 • 45 min
“The kind of stories I’ve gotten to do have involved fulfilling my childhood fantasies of having an adventurous life. Even though I don’t make a ton of money doing it, I’ve never felt like I was missing out on something.” Our friend Matt Power, a…
83, Part 2: Lawrence Wright, Live from Austin
Mar 12, 2014 • 35 min
Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear, is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner…
83, Part 1: Pamela Colloff & Mimi Swartz, Live from Austin
Mar 12, 2014 • 43 min
Pamela Colloff and Mimi Swartz are executive editors of Texas Monthly. Colloff: “That sense of loss, that sense of normal life turning on a dime is something that, in a very different way, I’ve experienced. And I carry…
82: Jennifer Senior
Mar 5, 2014 • 59 min
Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York and the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. “I’ve had moments in motherhood that have been close to something like religious. But I don’t think social scientists say…
81: Kevin Roose
Feb 26, 2014 • 56 min
Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. “Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is all…
80: Wil S. Hylton
Feb 18, 2014 • 53 min
Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Vanished. “I despise the fucking nut graf. I think it’s a joke, a cop out. The story probably should be about something larger than itself but if you have to…
79: David Kushner
Feb 12, 2014 • 62 min
David Kushner, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and The Atavist. “The minute you see an incredible character, you know. The only thing I can compare it to is bowling, not that I’m much of a…
78: Ariel Levy
Feb 5, 2014 • 52 min
Ariel Levy is a staff writer at The New Yorker. “I like an older awesome lady, I don’t think enough is written about older awesome ladies and I don’t think there are enough role models for younger awesome ladies. It’s great fun hanging out…
77: Dan P. Lee
Jan 29, 2014 • 67 min
Dan P. Lee is a contributing writer at New York. “I don’t believe in answers. That’s what compels me to write all of these stories. None of them ends nicely, none of them ends neatly.” Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week’s…
76: Roger D. Hodge
Jan 22, 2014 • 55 min
Roger D. Hodge is the editor of Oxford American. “My career isn’t all that interesting insofar as I’ve been an editor. I’m much more interested in talking about writers and stories. That’s the main thing: telling these stories, creating this…
75: George Saunders
Jan 15, 2014
George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December. “Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I’ll find human beings, I’ll find human interest, I’ll find…
74: Jon Mooallem
Jan 8, 2014 • 52 min
Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Wild Ones and American Hippopotamus, the latest story from The Atavist. “I’m terrible at writing nut graphs. I never know why people should keep reading….
73: Joe Sexton
Dec 19, 2013 • 64 min
Joe Sexton is a senior editor at ProPublica and a former reporter and editor at the New York Times, where he led the team that produced “Snow Fall.” “My experience in a newspaper newsroom over the years has been: The word you hear least often, the…
72: Andrew Leland
Dec 11, 2013 • 55 min
Andrew Leland is an editor at The Believer and hosts The Organist. “I think a good editor has a strong stomach for crazy assholes. Because often crazy assholes are really brilliant great writers.” Thanks to TinyLetter and Squarespace for…
71: Jason Fagone
Dec 4, 2013 • 54 min
Jason Fagone, a contributing editor at Wired and a writer-at-large for Philadelphia, is the author of Ingenious. “It seemed like all the big guys in American society had let us down, all the elites. And here was a contest that was explicitly…
70: Amy Wallace
Nov 27, 2013 • 52 min
Amy Wallace is an editor-at-large for Los Angeles and a correspondent for GQ . “I’ve written about the anti-vaccine movement. I love true crime. I’ve written a lot of murder stories. The thing that unites all of them—whether it’s a celebrity…
69: Rachel Aviv
Nov 20, 2013 • 49 min
Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker. “If I’m writing about the criminal justice system, I wish I were a lawyer. If I’m writing about psychiatry, I wish I were a psychiatrist. I have often filled out half my application to get a Ph.D in…
68: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery
Nov 13, 2013
Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery are the co-editors of Mother Jones. “We probably pay more attention to our fact-checking and our research than almost everybody in our industry. By the time we publish stuff, we make sure it’s unimpeachable…
67: Evan Wright
Nov 6, 2013 • 69 min
Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill. “When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the…
66: Andy Ward
Oct 30, 2013 • 57 min
Andy Ward, a former editor at Esquire and GQ, is the editorial director of nonfiction at Random House. “How you gain that trust is a hard thing to quantify. The way I try do it is by caring. If you don’t care about every word and every sentence in…
65: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Oct 23, 2013 • 58 min
Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of four books, including Prozac Nation. “It’s not that hard to be a lawyer. Any fool can be a lawyer. It’s really hard to be a writer. You have to be born with incredible amounts of talent. Then you have to work…
64: Gay Talese
Oct 17, 2013 • 80 min
Gay Talese, who wrote for Esquire in the 1960s and currently contributes to The New Yorker, is the author of several books. His latest is A Writer’s Life. “I want to know how people did what they did. And I want to know how that compares with how I…
63: Jon Ronson
Oct 9, 2013 • 58 min
Jon Ronson, a contributor to This American Life, The Guardian and GQ, is the author of six books, including The Men Who Stare at Goats. His latest is Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. “The older you get, you realize that no uncomfortable fact…
62: Malcolm Gladwell
Oct 1, 2013 • 57 min
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. “The categories are in motion. You turn into a Goliath, then you topple because of your bigness….
61: Cord Jefferson
Sep 25, 2013 • 48 min
Cord Jefferson is the West Coast Editor at Gawker. “I consider myself to be a sincere human being. And I think that the way the internet carries itself, the way the internet has dialogues, is often insincere. That concerns me. I don’t ever want to…
60: Hamilton Morris
Sep 18, 2013 • 61 min
Hamilton Morris is the science editor for Vice and a contributor to Harper’s. “It’s a shame that there isn’t more of an interdisciplinary approach to a lot of scientific investigations, because often the result is that misinformation is produced….
59: Nancy Jo Sales
Sep 11, 2013 • 63 min
Nancy Jo Sales writes for Vanity Fair and is the author of The Bling Ring. “I’m a mom now, so my life’s a little different. I can’t do certain things that I used to do, and I won’t, because they’re dangerous or ridiculous or keep me out till five…
58: Sarah Stillman
Sep 4, 2013 • 53 min
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “People don’t really care about issues so much as they care about the stories and the characters that bring those issues to life. … A story needs an engine or something to propel you forward…
57: Eli Saslow
Aug 28, 2013 • 62 min
Eli Saslow is a staff writer at the Washington Post and a contributor at ESPN the Magazine. It’s not really my place to complain about it being hard for me to write. I wrote the story (“After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonely…
56: Joshuah Bearman
Aug 21, 2013 • 49 min
Joshuah Bearman is the co-founder of Epic Magazine and a freelance writer. His latest story is “Coronado High.” “People who know me well will realize that parts of this story are actually about me. … It’s about loss of innocence and…
55: Amy Harmon
Aug 14, 2013 • 55 min
Amy Harmon, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers science and society for the New York Times. “I’m not looking to expose science as problematic and I’m not looking to celebrate it. But it can be double edged. Genetic knowledge can certainly be double…
54: Sean Flynn
Aug 7, 2013 • 52 min
Sean Flynn is a GQ correspondent and National Magazine Award winner. “I find it satisfying to be able to give a voice to people that sort of get lost…You know, when these big horrible things happen, and the spotlight is very briefly on them,…
53: Janet Reitman
Aug 2, 2013 • 37 min
For the first time, Janet Reitman discusses her Rolling Stone cover story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “My editors, myself, a lot of people who work for the magazine — we lived through an act of terrorism. We…
52: Kelley Benham
Jul 31, 2013 • 50 min
Kelley Benham is a writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. “People connect with this story in a really visceral kind of way, usually because of some experience they’ve had or someone close to them has had. I’ve had 90-year-old women crying into…
51: Robert Kolker
Jul 24, 2013 • 50 min
Robert Kolker is the author of Lost Girls and a contributing editor at New York. “For better or for worse, my heart’s not in the mystery. I want [the killer] to be caught—he’s obviously a predator and he’s unstable. But they all are. They’re…
50: Edith Zimmerman
Jul 17, 2013 • 43 min
Edith Zimmerman is the founding editor of The Hairpin and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. “I never wrote anything myself or ran anything from other people that was needlessly negative. It wasn’t some false grin plastered all…
49: Brendan I. Koerner
Jul 10, 2013 • 50 min
Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of The Skies Belong to Us. “It was this big review in The New York Times and I was terrified that it was going to say something awful about the book or about me as a writer. And my…
48: Evan Ratliff
Jun 28, 2013 • 23 min
Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses ”The Oilman’s Daughter,” his new story in The Atavist. “This woman was given the opportunity to take on a new identity. And it was a mistake. She never should’ve done it. If…
47: Steve Kandell
Jun 26, 2013 • 45 min
Steve Kandell is the longfom editor at BuzzFeed. “What would be the sort of longer, narrative nonfiction, journalistic equivalent of something that would have the same effect on you as a bunch of cat GIFs? And not because it’s cute, but it’s the…
46: Nicholas Schmidle
Jun 19, 2013 • 51 min
Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer at The New Yorker. “I was in a taxi, leaving Karachi to go attend this festival, and we started getting these very disturbing phone calls from newspaper reporters that didn’t exist, all of them asking me to meet…
45: Chris Heath
Jun 12, 2013 • 44 min
Chris Heath, winner of the 2013 National Magazine Award for Reporting, is a staff writer at GQ. “I present myself as someone who is going to be rigorous and honest. And if you can engage in the way I’m asking you to engage, then I hope you will…
44: Jonathan Abrams
Jun 5, 2013 • 41 min
Abrams covers the NBA for Grantland. “Players know that with the stories I do I’m not trying to burn anybody. I’m trying to tell a story for what it’s worth and be honest to that person… That’s one of my main goals, that you know why this…
43: Margalit Fox
May 29, 2013 • 48 min
Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times and the author of The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. “You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you’re not supposed to. But…
42: Mat Honan
May 22, 2013 • 41 min
Mat Honan is a senior writer at Wired. “[The tech] industry — especially as it relates to a lot the silly apps and the silly websites and the silly shit that we put up with — is ridiculous. It’s just such a hype fest, people living…
41: Jonathan Shainin
May 15, 2013 • 50 min
Jonathan Shainin, senior editor at The Caravan. “Working in an environment that’s foreign, where you have to kind of think through a lot of things from the ground up…I find it to be really stimulating to have to interrogate the assumptions…
40: Vanessa Grigoriadis
May 8, 2013 • 47 min
Vanessa Grigoriadis, contributing editor at New York and Vanity Fair. On the art of the celebrity interview: “People are smart. Particularly these people. They’re sitting there thinking, “When is she going to drop that question?” They know…
39: Natasha Vargas-Cooper
May 1, 2013 • 52 min
Natasha Vargas-Cooper, writer. Show notes: @natashavc natashavc.com Vargas-Cooper on Longform [2:30] “Jesse James Hollywood: On Trial” (The Awl • May-July 2009) [11:00] Mad Men Unbuttoned (2010) [18:30] “The Day-Care Threat” (Brad…
38: Ted Conover
Apr 24, 2013 • 49 min
Ted Conover, author of five books and the recent Harper’s article “The Way of All Flesh.” Show notes: tedconover.com Interview Transcript Personal Archive [1:00] “The Way of All Flesh” (Harper’s • April 2013) [3:30] “Power Steer”…
37: Ann Friedman
Apr 16, 2013 • 48 min
Ann Friedman, writer, editor and co-founder of Tomorrow. Show notes: @annfriedman annfriedman.com Personal Archive [5:45] Pie Charts Archive (The Hairpin) [7:15] #realtalk Column (CJR) [15:00] “The Ann Friedman Weekly” [22:00] “Minimum…
36: Patrick Symmes
Apr 10, 2013 • 59 min
Patrick Symmes, foreign correspondent and contributor to Outside and Harper’s. Show notes: @patricksymmes patricksymmes.com Symmes’s Outside archive Symmes’s Harper’s archive [2:30] Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the…
35: Jay Caspian Kang
Apr 3, 2013 • 48 min
Jay Caspian Kang, writer and editor at Grantland. Show notes: @jaycaspiankang [2:00] “Online Poker’s Big Winner” (New York Times Magazine • 2011) [4:30] The Dead Do Not Improve (2012) [8:00] “The High Is Always the Pain and the Pain Is…
34: Molly Young
Mar 27, 2013 • 39 min
Molly Young, freelance writer for GQ and New York. Show notes: @rolfpotts rolfpotts.com [2:00] Murder of football player in Kansas shakes town (Sports Illustrated • Feb 2013) [15:00] Salon travel column (1999-2000) [16:30]…
33: Rolf Potts
Mar 20, 2013 • 44 min
Rolf Potts, travel writer. Show notes: @rolfpotts rolfpotts.com [2:00] Murder of football player in Kansas shakes town (Sports Illustrated • Feb 2013) [15:00] Salon travel column (1999-2000) [16:30] “Storming the Beach” (Salon •…
32: Jake Silverstein
Mar 13, 2013 • 48 min
Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly. Show notes: @jakesilverstein Silverstein’s Texas Monthly archive [5:00] Welcome to the New National Homepage of Texas (Texas Monthly • Jan 2013) [14:00] “The Innocent Man, Part 1”…
31: Emily Nussbaum
Mar 6, 2013 • 44 min
Emily Nussbaum, television critic at The New Yorker. Show notes: @emilynussbaum emilynussbaum.com Nussbaum’s New Yorker archive Nussbaum’s New York archive [1:30] Tina Fey at the Paley Center for Media [5:45] “Shark Week: House of Cards,…
30: Keith Gessen
Feb 27, 2013 • 47 min
Keith Gessen, founding editor of n+1 and contributor to The New Yorker. Show notes: Gessen’s Personal Archive Gessen’s n+1 archive Gessen’s New Yorker archive [5:15] Money (n+1 • Mar 2006) [6:15] Ugly Duckling Presse [13:15] “Stuck”…
29: Matthew Power
Feb 20, 2013 • 44 min
Matthew Power, freelance writer and contributing editor at Harper’s. Show notes: @matthew_power matthewpower.net Power’s Harper’s archive Power’s complete archive [2:00] “Excuse Us While We Kiss the Sky” (GQ • March 2013) [10:30]…
28: Joel Lovell
Feb 13, 2013 • 48 min
Joel Lovell, deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. Show notes: @lovelljoel Lovell’s New York Times archive Lovell’s GQ archive Lovell’s This American Life archive [2:00] “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This…
27: Joshua Topolsky
Feb 6, 2013 • 35 min
Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief of The Verge. Show notes: @joshuatopolsky joshuatopolsky.com The Verge The Verge on Longform [3:45] “Spacewar” (Stewart Brand • Rolling Stone • 1972) [6:45] The Face magazine [8:00]…
26: Jennifer Gonnerman
Jan 30, 2013 • 50 min
Jennifer Gonnerman, contributing editor at New York and contributing writer for Mother Jones. Show notes: JenniferGonnerman.com Gonnerman on Longform [5:00] Wayne Barrett’s Village Voice Archive [10:30] “The House Where They Live: Inside the…
25: Susan Orlean
Jan 23, 2013 • 44 min
Susan Orlean, staff writer at The New Yorker. Show notes: @susanorlean Orlean on Longform Interview Transcript The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People (Amazon) “Orchid Fever” (New Yorker • 1995) “Meet…
24: Stephen Rodrick
Jan 18, 2013 • 23 min
A special episode with Stephen Rodrick, contritbuting writer at the New York Times Magazine and contributing editor at Men’s Journal, to discuss his recent story “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.” Show…
23: Starlee Kine
Jan 16, 2013 • 44 min
Starlee Kine, contributor to This American Life and the New York Times Magazine. Show notes: @StarleeKine Kine’s archive on This American Life “Dr. Phil” (This American Life • August 2007) “Where’s Walter?” (This American Life •…
22: Charles Duhigg
Jan 9, 2013 • 44 min
Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter and author of The Power of Habit. Show notes: @cduhigg charlesduhigg.com “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” (Random House • Feb 2012) The iEconomy Series “How the…
21: Eli Sanders
Dec 18, 2012 • 34 min
Eli Sanders, associate editor at The Stranger and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Show notes: @elijsanders elisanders.com “The Bravest Woman in Seattle” (The Stranger • June 2011) “The Great West Coast Newspaper…
20: Patrick Radden Keefe
Dec 12, 2012 • 44 min
Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at The New Yorker. Show notes: @praddenkeefe patrickraddenkeefe.com Keefe on Longform Patrick Radden Keefe’s books, Chatter and The Snakehead “Cocaine Incorporated” (New York Times Magazine • June…
19: Choire Sicha
Dec 5, 2012 • 37 min
Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, interviewed by Aaron Lammer. Show notes: @choire choiresicha.com The Awl on Longform The Awl Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. 2009 A.D.) in a Large City (Amazon pre-order)
18: Mike Sager
Nov 28, 2012 • 40 min
Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group, interviewed by Max Linsky. Show notes: @therealsager Sager on Longform thesagergroup.net Sager’s latest collection: The Someone You’re Not The Sager…
17: Joshua Davis
Nov 20, 2012 • 36 min
Joshua Davis, contributing editor at Wired and author of the new ebook John McAfee’s Last Stand, interviewed by Aaron Lammer. Show notes: joshuadavis.net Davis on Longform @joshuadavisnow: On Twitter, Davis continues to report the McAfee story…
16: Pamela Colloff
Nov 14, 2012 • 42 min
Pamela Colloff, executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly, interviewed by Max Linsky. Show notes: @pamelacolloff Colloff on Longform “The Innocent Man” (Texas Monthly • Nov-Dec 2012) “Innocence Lost” (Texas Monthly •…
15: Jonah Weiner
Nov 7, 2012 • 39 min
Jonah Weiner, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, pop critic at Slate, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, interviewed by Aaron Lammer. Show notes and links: @jonahweiner jonahweiner.com Weiner on…
14: David Samuels
Oct 31, 2012 • 53 min
David Samuels, contributing editor at Harper’s and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic, interviewed by Evan Ratliff. Show notes: Samuels on Longform Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Anthology) “Wild…
13: Adrian Chen
Oct 24, 2012 • 46 min
Adrian Chen, staff writer at Gawker and editor at The New Inquiry, interviewed by Max Linsky. Show notes: @adrianchen “Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, the Biggest Troll on the Web” (Gawker • Oct 2012) “The Long, Fake Life of J.S….
12: Mina Kimes
Oct 17, 2012 • 40 min
Mina Kimes, writer at Fortune, interviewed by Aaron Lammer. Show notes: @minakimes Kimes on Longform “Bad to the Bone: A Medical Horror Story” (Fortune • Sep 2012) “America’s Hottest Export: Weapons” (Fortune • Feb 2011) “Why…
11: Joshuah Bearman
Oct 12, 2012 • 30 min
Joshuah Bearman discusses “The Great Escape,” his article about a CIA operation in Iran that became the basis for the new film Argo. Show notes: @mysecondempire Jones on Longform “The Honor System” (Esquire • Sep 2012) “Animals”…
10: Chris Jones (Live in Romania)
Oct 10, 2012 • 59 min
Before a live audience in Bucharest hosted by the Romanian magazine Decât o Revistă, Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones. Show notes: @mysecondempire Jones on Longform “The Honor System” (Esquire • Sep 2012) “Animals” (Esquire…
9: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Oct 3, 2012 • 45 min
Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of the new book Hidden America and correspondent for GQ, interviewed by Max Linsky. Show notes: @jmlaskas jeannemarielaskas.com Laskas on Longform Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary…
8: Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Sep 26, 2012 • 48 min
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction, interviewed by Aaron Lammer. Show notes: GideonLK.com Lewis-Kraus on Longform A Sense of Direction on Amazon “In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online…
7: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sep 19, 2012 • 60 min
Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beatiful Struggle, interviewed by Evan Ratliff. Show notes: Coates on Longform Coates’s blog for The Atlantic “Fear of a Black President” (The Atlantic • Aug 2012) “‘This…
6: Mac McClelland
Sep 12, 2012 • 52 min
Max Linsky talks with Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones. Show notes: @MacMcClelland McClelland on Longform “For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question” (Mother Jones • Mar 2010) “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave” (Mother…
5: Paul Ford
Sep 5, 2012 • 38 min
Aaron Lammer talks with writer and programmer Paul Ford. Show notes: @ftrain ftrain.com Ford on Longform “The Web Is a Customer Service Medium” (Ftrain.com • Jan 2011) “The Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (The Morning News • July…
4: Jon Mooallem
Aug 28, 2012 • 55 min
Evan Ratliff talks with Jon Mooallem, contributor at the New York Times Magazine and author of an upcoming book about people and wild animals. Show notes: @jmooallem jonmooallem.com Mooallem on Longform “Twelve Easy Pieces” (New York Times…
3: David Grann
Aug 22, 2012 • 54 min
David Grann, staff writer at The New Yorker, talks with Max Linsky. Show notes: @davidgrann davidgrann.com Grann on Longform “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon” (Amazon) “Crimetown, U.S.A.” (The New Republic •…
2: Janet Reitman
Aug 15, 2012 • 52 min
A contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Inside Scientology, Reitman talks to Aaron Lammer about her career and offers advice to young writers. Show notes: @janetreitman janetreitman.com Reitman on Longform “Inside…
1: Matthieu Aikins
Aug 6, 2012 • 54 min
This week, Evan Ratliff talks to Matthieu Aikins (Harper’s, The Atlantic) on the eve of his move to Kabul. Show notes: @mattaikins maikins.com Matthieu Aikins on Longform “The Master of Spin Boldak” (Harper’s • Dec 2009) “The…