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84
42
28
38

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By olivecat - May 28 2020
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Perfect. Insightful. Engaging. Stimulating conversation.Well done. Please never stop,

I only wish I had conversations as smart and engaging

By Bee Bess - Apr 27 2020
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But my friends are as dull as I am so I will just listen to Longform
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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.

Rank #1: Episode 168: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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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 in my little apartment, eating donuts and playing video games. The only thing I was doing good with my life was being a father and a husband. That was it. David [Carr] was a big shot. And he would call me in, just out of the blue, to have lunch. I was so low at that point. ... He said, ​I think you're a great bet. ... He was remembering people who had invested in him when he was low. That more than anything is why I'm sad he's not here for all of this. Because it's for him. It's to say to him, ​you were right​.”

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Nov 25 2015

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: Episode 144: Cheryl Strayed

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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 ass off, I wouldn't have gotten lucky. You have to do the work. You always have to do the work.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Trunk Club, and HP Matter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Jun 03 2015

1hr 43mins

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Rank #3: Episode 159: Ira Glass

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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.”

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Sep 23 2015

1hr 10mins

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Rank #4: Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 1)

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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 de la crème as far as targets. And that's a really scary thing for our profession.”

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Feb 18 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: Episode 254: Maggie Haberman

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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 think about the fact that if the plane blows up in midair you’re gonna die, do you feel like you can really focus as well? So, I’m not thinking about [the stakes]. This is just my job. This is what we do. Ask me another question.”

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Jul 26 2017

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Rank #6: Episode 107: Emily Bazelon

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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, but also in the emotional sense. There is a way in which I’m super open. I take in these experiences. They keep me up at night. They really get inside me. But then, I'm also using them to craft whatever I’m working on."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Sep 03 2014

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Rank #7: Episode 226: Terry Gross

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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 bit better. But then the other part of me, the more overpowering part of me, is the pessimistic part that says, ‘It’s going to be downhill from here.’ I try not to judge myself too much because I’m so self-judgmental that I don’t want to over-judge and get into too much of ‘Am I better than I was yesterday, or not?’”

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Jan 04 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: Episode 239: Brian Reed

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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.”

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Apr 05 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #9: Episode 188: Nate Silver

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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, but you did something wrong if it’s never wrong. The 20% underdog should come through sometimes. People in sports understand that sometimes a 15 seed beats a 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. That’s much harder to explain to people in politics.”

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Apr 13 2016

54mins

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Rank #10: Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 2)

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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 crashing. The caboose is falling off the back and I'm trying to run faster than the train to get to this very limited pool of amazing jobs. Once I got overseas I would say a prayer every night for the amazing life I was finally able to lead.”

Thanks to TinyLetter and Lynda for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Feb 19 2015

47mins

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Rank #11: Episode 183: Jia Tolentino

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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. I’m just glad. I’m glad, especially as you watch the great white male woke freak-out meltdown that’s happening right now, I’m glad that it’s good to come from below.”

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Mar 09 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: Episode 75: George Saunders

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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 literature. And I guess you could argue the weirder, or maybe the less explored the place, the better."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Audible for sponsoring this week's episode. 

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Jan 15 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: Episode 187: Elizabeth Gilbert

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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 the platinum rule is even higher: don’t be a dick.”

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Apr 06 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #14: Episode 97: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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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, the international bestseller published by Random House, for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Jun 18 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Episode 354: Jia Tolentino

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Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections of Self-Delusion.

“I feel a lot of useful guilt solidifying my own advantages at a time when the ground people stand on is being ripped away. And I feel a lot of emotional anxiety about the systems that connect us - about the things that make my life more convenient and make other people’s lives worse. It’s the reality of knowing that ten years from now, when there are millions of more climate refugees, that you’ll be okay. It makes me feel so crazy and lucky and intent on doing something with being alive.”

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  1. @jiatolentino
  2. Tolentino on Longform
  3. [01:47] Trick Mirror: Reflections of Self-Delusion (Random House • 2019)
  4. [02:15] Jia’s archive at the New Yorker
  5. [02:18] Longform Podcast #183: Jia Tolentino
  6. [09:08] “The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul” (New Yorker • 2018)
  7. [11:31] “Gloria Allred’s Crusade” (New Yorker • 2017)
  8. [17:37] “Please, My Wife, She’s Very Online” (New Yorker • 2019)
  9. [20:49] “A Chat with Malcolm Brenner, Man Famous for Having Sex with a Dolphin” (Jezebel • 2015)
  10. [21:03] “Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks” (Jezebel • 2016)
  11. [26:20] Panel with Tolentino, Nussbaum, Holmes, and Brodesser-Akner
  12. [27:50] “The Land of the Large Adult Son” (New Yorker • 2017)
  13. [33:22] “Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston” (New Yorker • 2019)
  14. [36:10] “A Quick Chat With a Guy at Lolla Wearing a 'Rape Your Face' T-Shirt” (Jezebel • 2015)
  15. [40:22] “Athleisure, Barre and Kale: The Tyranny of the Ideal Woman” (The Guardian • 2019)

Aug 07 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #16: Episode 196: Jon Favreau

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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 some of these edits and make sure you’re ok with this. I did this for this reason. Are you ok with that?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, buddy. You’re Barack Obama.’”

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Jun 08 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: Episode 202: David Remnick

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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, because I’m not entirely stupid, that these institutions, no matter how good they are, all institutions are innately fragile. Innately fragile.”

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Jul 20 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: Episode 225: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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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 answers. I’ve never had answers. The questions are the enthralling thing for me. Not necessarily at the end of the thing getting somewhere that’s complete—it’s the asking and repeated asking. I don’t know how that happened, but I felt like after a while it got to the point where I was seen as having unique answers, and I just didn’t. I really, really didn’t.”

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Dec 21 2016

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Rank #19: Episode 164: Lena Dunham

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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 utilize your energy and stay productive while not feeling entrapped. But at the end of the day, the time when I feel like life is most just, like, flying by and I don't even know what's happening to me is when I'm writing prose. It's such an intimate relationship that you're having. When you're writing a script, you're making a blueprint for something that doesn't exist yet. But when you're writing prose, the thing exists immediately. And that's really satisfying. It's the best place to go for my deepest and most in-the-now concerns.”

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Oct 28 2015

25mins

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Rank #20: Episode 75: George Saunders

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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 literature. And I guess you could argue the weirder, or maybe the less explored the place, the better."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Audible for sponsoring this episode. 

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Jul 02 2014

1hr 4mins

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Episode 400: Maria Konnikova

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Maria Konnikova is a journalist, professional poker player, and author of the new book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win.

“I do think that writing and psychology are so closely interlinked. The connections between the human mind and writing are in some ways the same thing. If you’re a good writer, you have to be a good, intuitive psychologist. You have to understand people, observe them, and really figure out what makes them tick.”

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  1. [13:30] Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (2013)
  2. [14:15] Longform Podcast #324: Malcolm Gladwell
  3. [16:30] "When Authors Disown Their Work, Should Readers Care?" (The Atlantic • August 2012)
  4. [16:30] "Is Huckleberry Finn's ending really lacking? Not if you're talking psychology." (Scientific American • October 2012)
  5. [19:45] The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time (2017)
  6. [23:15] The Grift Podcast
  7. [34:45] Rounders (1998)

Jul 08 2020

49mins

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Episode 399: Tessie Castillo and George Wilkerson

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Tessie Castillo, a journalist covering criminal justice reform, and George Wilkerson, a prisoner on death row in North Carolina, are two of the co-authors of Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row.

“I want other people to see what I see, which is that the men on death row are human beings. They’re incredibly intelligent and insightful and they have so many redemptive qualities...I don’t think I could really convey that as well as if they get their own voice out there. So I wanted this book to be a platform for them and for their voices.” –Tessie Castillo

“For me, writing was like a form of conversation with myself or with my past, like therapy. So I just chose these periods in my life that I didn’t really understand and that were really powerful and impactful to me, and I just sat down and started writing to understand them and make peace with them.” –George Wilkerson

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  1. @TessietheWriter
  2. Castillo's archive
  3. [06:15] "A Second Chance" (Slate • May 2014)

Jul 01 2020

43mins

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Episode 398: Dean Baquet

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Dean Baquet is executive editor of The New York Times.

"I always tried to question what is the difference between what is truly tradition and core, and what is merely habit. A lot of stuff we think are core, are just habits. The way we write newspaper stories, that’s not core, that’s habit. I think that’s the most important part about leading a place that’s going through dramatic change and even generational change. You’ve got to say, here’s what’s not going to change. This is core. This is who we are. Everything else is sort of up for grabs."

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  1. Baquet’s archive at The New York Times
  2. [03:15] "Tom Cotton: Send In the Troops" (The New York Times • June 2020)
  3. [03:30] "A Reckoning Over Objectivity, Led by Black Journalists" (The New York Times • June 2020)
  4. [10:00] The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times (Jones, Tifft • Little, Brown • 1999)
  5. [29:45] Dean Baquet’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize
  6. [55:15] “Still Processing: The Day After” (The New York Times • November 2016)
  7. [1:09:15] Longform Podcast #254: Maggie Haberman

Jun 26 2020

1hr 34mins

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Episode 397: Jacqueline Charles with Patrice Peck

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Jacqueline Charles is the Caribbean correspondent at the .Miami Herald

Guest host Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist and writes the newsletterCoronavirus News for Black Folks.

"There are things that you see that if you start taking it in, you’re never going to stop and you’re not going to be able to do your job…I have family in all of these countries and when disaster strikes, you can’t help everyone. But what you hope is that with your pen, with your voice, with your recording of history…somebody somewhere will feel compelled to do something. So that’s what keeps me going."

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  1. @Jacquiecharles
  2. Charles’s archive at Miami Herald
  3. [58:45] "Flowers and Calls for Unity Mark Haiti’s 10th Anniversary Quake Commemoration" (Miami Herald • January 2020)
  4. [1:03:30] "Journalist Jacqueline Charles, Child of the Caribbean" (South Florida Times • July 2011)
  5. [1:03:30] “NABJ Names Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles Journalist of the Year” (National Association of Black Journalists • 2011)
  6. [1:04:15] Patrick Farrell’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize

Jun 17 2020

1hr 19mins

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Episode 396: Kierna Mayo with Patrice Peck

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Kierna Mayo is the showrunner and head writer for the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. She is the former editor-in-chief of Ebony and Honey Magazine, which she co-founded at age 27.

Guest host Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist and writes the Coronavirus News for Black Folks newsletter. Her most recent article is "Black Journalists Are Exhausted," an op-ed published in The New York Times.

“Advocacy is not a bad word. Telling the truth about a particular slice of life is what my career has been. That slice of life started about young people who were partaking in hip hop culture. Most of them were of color, most of them were poor. So that was a perspective. If you begin to tell the stories of those people at that time, that begins to have an advocacy feel and taste and touch. Not even with a consciousness to it. Because this is a lost voice. This is a lost point of view. It is not in the mainstream. It is not being centered. No one is telling it. So the mere act of shedding light journalistically in places where there has been no light before is advocacy. Sorry, journalists. Sorry, all you impartial, fair-and-balanced folks.”

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Jun 11 2020

1hr 23mins

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Episode 395: Wesley Lowery

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Wesley Lowery is a correspondent for “60 in 6” from 60 Minutes. He is the author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for "Fatal Force," a Washington Post project covering fatal shootings by police officers.

“The police are not, in and of themselves, objective observers of things. They are political and government entities who are the literal characters in the story. They are describing the actions of people who are protesting them. They have incentives.”

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Jun 03 2020

39mins

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Episode 394: Philip Montgomery

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Philip Montgomery is a photojournalist.

“The photographers that I grew up on all sort of had their moment… I sort of had, in this weird way, this feeling of envy that they had their moment with this story that was all-encompassing. Looking at it now, this is the story of my time, and it’s a little more than I perhaps bargained for.”

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May 27 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 393: Isaac Chotiner

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Isaac Chotiner conducts interviews for The New Yorker.

“People like to talk. They like to be asked questions, generally. In the space that I’m doing most interviews, which is politics or politics-adjacent, people have strong views and like to express them. It may be just as simple as that.”

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May 20 2020

39mins

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Episode 392: David Haskell

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David Haskell is the editor-in-chief of New York Magazine.

“Fingers crossed, knock on wood, we've got time here. You can't ever take that for granted, but I think it's fair to indulge a long-term perspective. More than fair, actually — I think it's part of the job, for me at least, to be plotting and dreaming years out. And to be fashioning the magazine toward that long-term vision as gingerly as I can without it breaking.”

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  1. @DavidGHaskell
  2. davidhaskell.us
  3. Kings County Distillery
  4. [13:29] "Rich Corona, Poor Corona: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Thrives" (New York Magazine • April 2020)
  5. [15:00] I Was Caroline Calloway (Natalie Beach • The Cut)
  6. [30:10] "What is College Without the Campus?" (New York Magazine • May 2020)

May 13 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 391: Cheryl Strayed

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Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things. Her new podcast is Sugar Calling.

“I think that we have this limited idea of what ambition is. All through my twenties, you wouldn’t necessarily have looked at me and been like, ‘she’s ambitious.’ I mean, I was working as a waitress. I was goofing around and doing all kinds of things. But I was always writing. And I was always really sure and clear and serious about my writing. My ambition was this secret thing within me that I dedicated myself to.”

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  1. @CherylStrayed
  2. cherylstrayed.com
  3. Longform Podcast #144: Cheryl Strayed
  4. Strayed on Longform
  5. [07:12] Sugar Calling
  6. [23:21] Transparent

May 06 2020

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Episode 390: Bonnie Tsui

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Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and author of the new book Why We Swim.

“I am a self-motivated person. I really don’t like being told what to do. I’ve thought about this many times over the last 16 years that I’ve been a full-time freelancer... even though I thought my dream was to always and forever be living in New York, working in publishing, working at a magazine, being an editor, writing. When I was an editor, I kind of hated it. I just didn’t like being chained to a desk.”

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Apr 29 2020

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Episode 389: Lulu Miller

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Lulu Miller is a former producer at Radiolab and a co-founder of Invisibilia. Her new book is Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life.

“I think almost every radio story I’ve ever done comes down to the question of me trying to ask a person how they get through this life thing. How they get through this breakup. How they get through being disabled in a family that's crushing them. How they get through having a head that's poisonous. Every story is just, Oh, what's your trick?

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Apr 22 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 388: Naomi Klein

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Naomi Klein is a senior correspondent at The Intercept and the author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. Her most recent book is On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.

“I have no idea whether we will do this. All I know is there is a slim chance, a very slim chance, that we could make things a lot better than if we do nothing and just let it burn. The stakes of that are so high that I’m not going to spend my time trying to figure out whether our chances are good or not. I’m just gonna try to enlarge those chances.”

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Apr 15 2020

48mins

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Episode 387: Eva Holland

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Eva Holland is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for Outside. Her new book is Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear.

“I'm less caught up in my freelance career anxieties every day that this goes on. Maybe I'll become a paramedic, who knows? Magazines I write for are already shutting down because of this. You can only freak out so much before you decide that if you end up having to find a new way to make a living, that's what you'll do.”

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  1. @evaholland
  2. Holland's archive at Outside Magazine
  3. Holland on Longform
  4. [07:31] Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear (Eva Holland • The Experiment • 2020)
  5. [30:50] "No Sleep 'Till Fairbanks" (SB Nation • March 2013)

Apr 08 2020

52mins

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Episode 386: Ed Yong

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Ed Yong is the author of I Contain Multitudes and a science writer at The Atlantic . His most recent article is "How the Pandemic Will End."

“Normally when I write things that are about a pressing societal issue, those pieces feel like they’re about things that need to get solved in timeframes of, say, months or years. ... But now I’m writing pieces that are affecting people’s choices and lives, and hopefully the direction of the entire country, on an hourly basis. The changes I hope to see, I hope to see immediately. Like right now. And that does create a massive sense of urgency, a sense of pressing, incredibly high stakes. And it’s a burden.”

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  1. @edyong209
  2. edyong.me
  3. Yong on Longform
  4. [01:08] "How the Pandemic Will End" (The Atlantic • March 2020)
  5. [02:49] "The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?" (The Atlantic • July 2018)
  6. [28:21] "How a Pandemic Might Play Out Under Trump" (The Atlantic • Dec 2016)
  7. [39:33] Flash Forward Podcast
  8. [46:02] "The Last Giraffes on Earth" (The Atlantic • March 2020)

Apr 01 2020

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Episode 385: Charlie Warzel

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Charlie Warzel is a writer-at-large for The New York Times opinion page.

“I’m relying on my morals more than I normally do, but less on my gut. The stakes are just so high.”

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Mar 25 2020

44mins

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Episode 384: Jon Mooallem

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Jon Mooallem is a journalist, author, and host of The Walking Podcast. His latest book is This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together.

“There is this impulse that we have, this very clearly documented impulse that people everywhere have, to help. It sounds tacky, but when the bottom drops out, when ordinary life is overturned and there’s this upheaval or this disruption—if it’s a natural disaster or even something like this, that there’s ... in the book I call it a ‘civic immune response.’ People do spontaneously help each other, they work together, they collaborate. This whole idea that society falls apart and everyone descends into madness and violence is just not true. And we know that. We have science that shows it.”

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Mar 18 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 383: Jad Abumrad

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Jad Abumrad is the co-creator and host of Radiolab. His new podcast is Dolly Parton's America.

“There’s a way in which, I think, it felt more honest to be more confused in our stories. So that’s where we went.”

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Mar 11 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 382: Mara Hvistendahl

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Mara Hvistendahl is a freelance reporter and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, Unnatural Selection. Her new book is The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage.

“In times of tension, Cold War historians believe that there’s this mirroring that goes on, that we start to behave like the enemy, and that that is the big risk. And I feel like that’s the moment we’re in now.”

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Mar 04 2020

50mins

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Episode 381: Hannah Dreier

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Hannah Dreier is a reporter at The Washington Post and the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

“You can’t come up with a good story idea in the office. I’ve never had a good idea that I just came up with out of thin air. It always comes from being on the ground.”

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Feb 26 2020

1hr 2mins

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By olivecat - May 28 2020
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Perfect. Insightful. Engaging. Stimulating conversation.Well done. Please never stop,

I only wish I had conversations as smart and engaging

By Bee Bess - Apr 27 2020
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But my friends are as dull as I am so I will just listen to Longform