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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.

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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.

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Knockout

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I listen to a lot of podcasts and have a huge backlog most of the time, but this always the first one I listen to when it shows up in my feed. The interviewers are incredible — they ask insightful questions and are always incredibly prepared. I’ve found so many great writers thanks to this podcast.

Consistently Great

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Love this podcast. Always great guests.

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1235 Ratings
Average Ratings
1078
72
33
23
29

Knockout

By atomicpodcasts - Dec 01 2019
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I listen to a lot of podcasts and have a huge backlog most of the time, but this always the first one I listen to when it shows up in my feed. The interviewers are incredible — they ask insightful questions and are always incredibly prepared. I’ve found so many great writers thanks to this podcast.

Consistently Great

By bufflord - Oct 30 2019
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Love this podcast. Always great guests.

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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.

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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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.”

Thanks to TinyLetter and Lynda for sponsoring this week's episode. If you would like to support the show, please leave a review on iTunes.

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Feb 18 2015

1hr 8mins

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.”

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Feb 19 2015

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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

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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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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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Episode 91: Michael Lewis

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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 play. Sometimes the hand is difficult to play. At the end, I just try to think, 'Is there anything I would have done differently?' 'Is there any trick I missed?' If I don't have the feeling that I missed something big, I feel happy about the book."

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

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May 07 2014

34mins

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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

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Episode 110: Chris Hayes

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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 role in this?' Mostly it was: wake up in the morning after two or three hours of sleep and start going to stuff, talking to people, and keep doing that until the show happens."

Thanks to GoDaddy for sponsoring this week's episode. Apply for the TinyLetter Writers Residency by September 26. And nominate your favorite soccer article for a chance to win a free Xbox One and EA SPORTS FIFA 15.

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Sep 24 2014

1hr 4mins

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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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Time Sensitive, Substack, and Pitt Writers for sponsoring this week's episode.

  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 10mins

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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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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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Episode 109: Buzz Bissinger

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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, 'Well anger was your edge, and agitation was your edge, and that’s going to hurt your writing.' I don’t know, maybe. It may be that in order to live a happier life you become a shittier writer. I don't know. But I just couldn't live in that fashion anymore, I just couldn't. It would've destroyed my marriage. It was destroying me."

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Sep 16 2014

1hr 40mins

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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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Episode 372: Andy Greenberg

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Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for Wired. His new book is Sandworm.

“I kind of knew I was never going to get access to Sandworm, which is the title of the book - so it was all about drawing a picture around this invisible monster.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, and Family Ghosts for sponsoring this week's episode.

  1. @a_greenberg
  2. Greenberg's archive at Wired
  3. [03:22] Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers (Doubleday • 2019)
  4. [06:21] Dune (Chilton Books • 1965)
  5. [07:03] “How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar” (Wired • 2017)
  6. [33:50]Greenberg's archive at Forbes
  7. [37:09]“Is Bitcoin's Creator this Unknown Australian Genius? Probably Not (Updated)” (Wired • 2015)

Dec 11 2019

49mins

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Episode 371: Parul Sehgal

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Parul Sehgal is a book critic for The New York Times.

“I write about books, I review books, but in a sense, to do my job at a newspaper also puts that pressure on a piece to say: why should you read or care about this? You’re trying to tweeze out what is newsworthy, what is interesting, what is vital about this book….My job is I think to be honest with the reader and to keep surfacing new ways for me and for other people to think about books. New vocabularies of pleasure and disgust.”

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

  1. parulsehgal.com
  2. @parul_sehgal
  3. Sehgal's archive at the New York Times
  4. [17:11] “Mothers of Invention: A Group of Authors Finds New Narrative Possibilities in Parenthood” (Bookforum • 2015)
  5. [17:20] “In Letters to the World, a New Wave of Memoirs Draws on the Intimate” (New York Times • 2019)
  6. [17:33] “#MeToo Is All Too Real. But to Better Understand it, Turn to Fiction.” (New York Times • 2019)
  7. [24:18] Longform Podcast #354: Jia Tolentino
  8. [41:39] “Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.” (New York Times • 2019)

Dec 04 2019

57mins

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Episode 370: James Verini

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James Verini is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. His new book is They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate.

“War is mostly down time. War is mostly waiting around for something to happen.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, and "Couples Therapy" for sponsoring this week's episode.

  1. jamesverini.com
  2. Verini's archive on Longform
  3. Longform Podcast #147: James Verini
  4. [4:19] They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate (W.W. Norton • 2019)
  5. [12:12] “The Prosecutor and the President” (The New York Times Magazine • 2016)
  6. [37:11] Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Nov 27 2019

51mins

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Episode 369: Lori Gottlieb

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Lori Gottlieb is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough. Her new book is Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

“Everything that I had done all coalesced into one thing. As a journalist i was helping people to tell their stories, as a therapist I could help people to edit their stories, to change their stories. I could be immersed in the human condition in both of these things.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, Native, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

  1. @LoriGottlieb1
  2. lorigottlieb.com
  3. Gottlieb's archive at The Atlantic
  4. [2:57] Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (Houghton Mifflin • 2019)
  5. [03:53] Lori Gottlieb's TED Talk: “How Changing Your Story Can Change Your Life”(2019)
  6. [9:46] “Slate Diary: Lori Gottlieb” (Slate • 1998)
  7. [11:35] “Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” (The Atlantic • 2008)
  8. [11:36] Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough (E.P. Dutton • 2010)
  9. [15:51] Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari • Penguin • 2015)
  10. [19:44] “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Why the Obsession with our Kids’ Happiness May be Dooming them to Unhappy Adulthoods” (The Atlantic • 2011)
  11. [25:38] "Dear Therapist" column archive at The Atlantic
  12. [40:39] Couples Therapy (2019)
  13. [54:34] Guy Winch's TEDTalk: “Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid”(2014)
  14. [55:08] “ABC Nabs ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone’ Therapist Drama From Maggie Friedman & Eva Longoria Based On Book” (Deadline • 2018)

Nov 20 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 368: Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, The Recovering, and the novel The Gin Closet. Her new essay collection is Make It Scream, Make It Burn.

“My writing is always basically asking: what does it feel like to be alive, and how do we ever try to understand what it feels like for anybody else to be alive? In that sense, on the intellectual level, I’m always going to keep chasing the same unanswerable things.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, Mythology for sponsoring this week's episode.

  1. Apply to the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Program
  2. @lsjamison
  3. lesliejamison.com
  4. Jamison on Longform
  5. Longform Podcast #92: Leslie Jamison
  6. [05:19] ”52 Blue”(Atavist • 2014)
  7. [16:17] “In the Shadow of a Fairy Tale” (New York Times Magazine • 2017)
  8. [32:20] “A24 is Making Limited-Edition Books for Ex Machina, The Witch, and Moonlight”(The Verge • 2019)
  9. [33:33] The Empathy Exams (Graywolf Press • 2014)
  10. [33:54] The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown • 2018)
  11. [51:46] “Giving Up the Ghost” (Harper's • 2015)
  12. [54:08] “Sim Life” (The Atlantic • 2017)

Nov 13 2019

58mins

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Episode 367: Errol Morris

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Errol Morris is the director of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War. His latest film is American Dharma.

“I don’t make films because it makes sense to make them. Probably if I thought carefully about whether they made sense, I would stop immediately. I make them because I have a need to do it. I have a need to think about stuff. Writing and filmmaking for me is a form of thinking. It’s an opportunity to think about something. And I enjoy it. I don’t know what I would do without filmmaking.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers and SAIC.

  1. @errolmorris
  2. errolmorris.com
  3. [05:37] American Dharma (2019)
  4. [11:30] The Fog of War (2003)
  5. [11:43] Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred. A Leutcher, Jr. (1999)
  6. [19:55] The Unknown Known (2013)
  7. [20:49] Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
  8. [23:31] The Searchers (1956)
  9. [37:38] The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  10. [38:13] Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
  11. [39:46] Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising (Penguin • 2017)
  12. [39:56] Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Henry Holt and Co. • 2018)
  13. [41:59] “Predilections” (New Yorker • 1988)
  14. [42:03] “The Friendly Executioner” (New Yorker • 1999)
  15. [44:01] Gates of Heaven (1978)
  16. [41:59] “Blood Spore” (Harper's • 2013)
  17. [46:24] Hamilton's Pharmacopeia Docuseries (Viceland • 2016)

Nov 06 2019

51mins

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Episode 366: Ashley Feinberg

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Ashley Feinberg is a senior writer at Slate. She recently uncovered Mitt Romney's secret Twitter account.

“The whole thing about politics is that they are basically creating this character, this mask, and that is who they are supposed to be. That is who they try to project to the world. We know that it’s not really them but we have no access to what they actually are. This is the closest we get to seeing what they’re doing when they think no one is watching. … This is the most unfiltered access to what they’re actually thinking.”

  1. @ashleyfeinberg
  2. ashleyfeinberg.com
  3. Feinberg's archive at Slate
  4. [03:55] “This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney’s Secret Twitter Account (Update: It Is)” (Slate • 2019)
  5. [04:50] “The Liberation of Mitt Romney” (The Atlantic • 2019)
  6. [10:03] “This Is Almost Certainly James Comey's Twitter Account” (Gizmodo • 2017)
  7. [10:19] “'Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters.' James Comey Is Trolling Trump With Bible Verse” (Time • 2017)
  8. [13:24] “That Idiot on Your Hunting Message Board Might Be Donald Trump Jr.” (Deadspin • 2016)
  9. [34:22] “This Appears to Be Eric Trump's YouTube Playlist, And Now I'm Depressed” (Slate • 2019)
  10. [35:54] “Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants” (Huffington Post • 2019)
  11. [43:51] “Paying Dues: Today's Economy Makes Internships a Must” (San Antonio Current • 2011)
  12. [47:33] “Toys For Tight Schedules” (Wall Street Journal • 2013)
  13. [47:44] “Monopoly is Getting Rid of Jail. That's Some Bullshit.” (Gizmodo • 2013)
  14. [55:32] “Gawker and Hulk Hogan Reach $31 Million Settlement” (New York Times • 2016)
  15. [57:44] “How to Talk About Suicide on Father's Day” (Gawker • 2015)
  16. [57:44] “My Suicide Week” (Huffington Post • 2018)

Oct 30 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 365: Carvell Wallace

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Carvell Wallace is a podcast host and has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the co-author, with Andre Iguodala, of The Sixth Man.

“So much of my life experience coalesces into things that are useful… All those years that I was obsessing over this that or the other thing, all the weird stuff that I would do, all the weird things that happened to me, all the places I found myself in that I didn’t want to be in but were interesting - this is all part of what makes me the writer that I am today.”

Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, Native, and Villains for sponsoring this week's episode.

  1. @carvellwallace
  2. carvellwallace.com
  3. [02:15] Slate's Mom and Dad are Fighting Podcast
  4. [02:21] Season One of Closer Than They Appear Podcast
  5. [02:35] The Sixth Man: A Memoir (Blue Rider Press • 2019)
  6. [05:09] Episode One of Finding Fred
  7. [09:17] Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (Bradbury Press • 1970)
  8. [09:35] Purple Rain (1984)
  9. [09:40] The Karate Kid (Scholastic • 1984)
  10. [10:24] “The Two Lives of Michael Jackson” (New Yorker • 2015)
  11. [27:55] “How to Parent on a Night Like This” (Huffington Post • 2014)
  12. [32:24] Wallace's Pitchfork archive
  13. [32:30] “On Kendrick Lamar and Black Humanity” (Pitchfork • 2015)
  14. [34:11] “Thelonious Monk: So Plain Only the Deaf Can Hear” (Pitchfork • 2016)
  15. [38:00] Wallace's MTV archive
  16. [40:09] “The Roots of Cowboy Music” (MTV • 2017)
  17. [46:01] “The Negro Motorist Green Book and Black America's Perpetual Search for a Home” (The Toast • 2016)
  18. [50:28] “Mahershala Ali Thinks We Can Still Make this Country Great” (GQ • 2017)
  19. [50:29] “Samuel L. Jackson Operates Like He Owns the Place. (He Does.)” (Esquire • 2019)
  20. [50:57] “Steph Curry and the Warriors' Astonishing Season” (New Yorker • 2016)
  21. [55:36] “The Spirit of Miles Bridges” (ESPN • 2017)
  22. [1:02:07] Why Me? (Closer Than They Appear • 2017)
  23. [1:04:54] Working (Pantheon • 1974)
  24. [1:06:36] “How Do We Measure the Value of a Life?” (MTV • 2016)

Oct 23 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode 364: Nicholas Quah

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

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

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  1. @nwquah
  2. nicholasquah.com
  3. hotpodnews.com
  4. Quah's archive at Vulture
  5. [13:51] Business Insider Intelligence
  6. [17:26] Season One of Serial Podcast
  7. [17:26] Longform Podcast #327: Julie Snyder
  8. [30:56] Megaphone (formerly Panoply Media)
  9. [52:30] New York Post's We Hear Podcast

Oct 16 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 363: Radhika Jones

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Radhika Jones is the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and the editor of Women on Women.

“There are a lot of people who still see the value of talking to someone, having a real conversation — about the things that they’re doing, the things that they’re caring about, the things that they’re afraid of, the things that are challenging — because in that conversation, they themselves will discover things that they didn’t realize. It obviously takes courage. It’s a payoff for the reader, certainly, but I think that there are subjects who understand that there is something there for them, too.”

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  1. @radhikajones
  2. [03:28] Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit
  3. [08:45] “The Beautiful Power of Ta-Nehisi Coates” (Vanity Fair • 2019)
  4. [11:42] “Delta Nights” (New Yorker • 2000)
  5. [31:05] “Jonathan Franzen: Great American Novelist” (TIME • 2010)
  6. [39:50] George Magazine
  7. [40:37] Dominick Dunne's Vanity Fair archive
  8. [41:15] “The Often Perilous, Sometimes Lucrative, and Ever-Evolving Business of Being a YouTube Star in 2019” (Vanity Fair • 2019)
  9. [41:53] Vanity Fair's Women on Women (Penguin Press • 2019)
  10. [54:56] “Inside TheMaven's Plan To Turn Sports Illustrated Into A Rickety Content Mill” (Deadspin • 2019)
  11. [1:00:00] “You Won't Believe What Happened: The Wild, Disturbing Saga of Robert Kraft's Visit to a Strip Mall Sex Spa” (Vanity Fair • 2019)
  12. [1:00:45] “To Cheat and Lie in L.A.: How the College-Admissions Scandal Ensnared the Richest Families in Southern California” (Vanity Fair • 2019)

Oct 09 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 362: Andrew Marantz

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Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book is Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.

“Some nonfiction can be reduced to a bulletpoint primer, but a good book is a good book. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, it should create a feeling, it should create a world, it should be a feeling that you want to live in and that tilts the way you see things. Isn’t that the point?”

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  1. @andrewmarantz
  2. andrewmarantz.com
  3. Marantz on Longform
  4. [01:34] Antisocial (Random House • 2019)
  5. [03:13] Marantz's Tour Schedule
  6. [11:54] Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig
  7. [18:58] “A Rising Tide”(Harper's • 2011)
  8. [19:00] “My Summer at an Indian Call Center”(Mother Jones • 2011)
  9. [27:20] “How Silicon Valley Nails Silicon Valley”(New Yorker • 2016)
  10. [27:58] “Ready for Prime Time”(New Yorker • 2016)
  11. [28:03] “The Virologist”(New Yorker • 2014)
  12. [39:31] “Trolls For Trump”(New Yorker • 2016)
  13. [40:22] “A Voice of Hate in America's Heartland”(New York Times • 2017)

Oct 02 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 361: Ken Burns

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Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes The Vietnam War, Baseball, and The Central Park Five. His new series is Country Music.

“History, which seems to most people safe — it isn’t. I think the future is pretty safe, it’s the past that’s so terrifying and malleable.”

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  1. @KenBurns
  2. kenburns.com
  3. [01:08] The Vietnam War (2017)
  4. [01:12] Country Music (2019)
  5. [04:58] Salesman (1969)
  6. [09:04] Jazz (2001)
  7. [13:45] The Civil War (1990)
  8. [13:48] Baseball (1994)
  9. [13:55] The War (miniseries • 2007)
  10. [13:57] The National Parks (2009)
  11. [14:00] The Roosevelts (2014)
  12. [44:49] Odd Man Out (1947)

Sep 25 2019

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Episode 360: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Jackson

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me. His new novel is The Water Dancer. Chris Jackson is Coates's editor, and the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World.

“I don’t think an essay works unless I can pin a story to it. You don’t want people to just say, ‘Oh that was a cool argument.’ You want people to say, ‘I could not stop thinking about this.’ You want them to nudge their wives and husbands and say, ‘You have to read this.’ You want them to be bothered by it.”

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  1. @cjaxone
  2. ta-nehisicoates.com
  3. cjaxone.tumblr.com
  4. Coates on Longform
  5. Coates's first appearance on the Longform Podcast
  6. [02:00] The Water Dancer: A Novel (One World • 2019)
  7. [02:45] Coates’s Tour Schedule
  8. [04:30] Jackson's Email
  9. [06:45] The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir (Spiegel & Grau • 2009)
  10. [12:58] ”Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War”(The Atlantic • 2011)
  11. [14:00] Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau • 2015)
  12. [20:23] The Secret History (Donna Tartt • Alfred A Knopf • 1992)
  13. [20:30] The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro • Faber and Faber • 1990)
  14. [20:40] Billy Bathgate: A Novel (E.L. Doctorow • Random House • 1989)
  15. [28:10] Underground Railroad (William Still • 1872)
  16. [32:45] The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Ulysses Grant • 1885)
  17. [35:20] ”The Case for Reparations”(The Atlantic • 2014)
  18. [37:05] Coates's archive at The Atlantic
  19. [37:10] We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (One World • 2017)
  20. [45:15] Captain in America Vol. 1: Winter in America (Marvel • 2019)
  21. [54:00] Coates Testifies Before Congress (2019)

Sep 18 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 359: Paul Tough

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Paul Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.

“The nice thing about a book as opposed to a magazine article is that it’s less formulaic. As a writer, it gives you more freedom — you’re trying to create an emotional mood where ideas have a place to sit in a person’s brain. And when people are moved by a book, it’s not by being told, ‘Here’s the problem, here’s the answer, now go do it.’ It’s by having your vision of the world slightly changed.”

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  • [03:25] The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2019)
  • [04:00] “Terminal Delinquents”(Esquire • 1990)
  • [04:50] Tough’s Harper’s archive
  • [05:50] 2600: The Hacker Quarterly
  • [09:00] Longform Podcast #104: Lewis Lapham
  • [10:30] “The Alchemy of OxyContin” (New York Times Magazine • 2001)
  • [11:40] Tough’s New York Times Magazine archive
  • [16:15] “The Harlem Project” (New York Times Magazine • 2004)
  • [16:20] Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (Mariner Books • 2009)
  • [17:15] Open Letters
  • [26:00] Longform Podcast #347: Michael Pollan
  • [45:20] Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2016)
  • Sep 11 2019

    1hr 3mins

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    Episode 358: Mike Isaac

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    Mike Issac covers Silicon Valley for The New York Times. He is the author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.

    “People try to use journalists all the time. Your job as a journalist is to figure out who’s using you, why they’re using you, and whether you can do something legitimately without playing into one side or another.”

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    Sep 04 2019

    52mins

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    Episode 357: Michelle García

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    Michelle García has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Oxford American. She directed the PBS film, Against Mexico: The Making of Heroes and Enemies.

    “We have to see that within difficult stories there is a very important message of humanity triumphing over despair. If you don’t focus on joy, humanity is squashed. If all you see and all you narrate is pain, then you extinguish the possibility of joy and the important part of holding onto humanity.”

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    1. @pistoleraprod
    2. michellegarciainc.com
    3. Rally+PEN America event on September 5
    4. [00:42] “Against Mexico: The Making of Heroes and Enemies” (PBS • 2012)
    5. [01:04] “The Border and the American Imagination” (The Baffler • 2018)
    6. [01:07] “Rewriting the West” (Guernica • 2019)
    7. [02:12] The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. (Evan Ratliff • Random House • 2019)
    8. [02:30] Evan Ratliff on CoinTalk
    9. [09:30] “New Tack Against Illegal Immigrants: Trespassing Charges (Michael Powell • Washington Post • 2005)
    10. [14:44] “Michelle Has A Polyamourous Relationship With Texas And New York” (KSTX • 2017)
    11. [21:05] “On the Texas Borderline, A Solid, if Invisible, Wall” (Washington Post • 2008)
    12. [23:16] “The War of Forgetting” (Guernica • 2015)
    13. [32:40] García’s AlJazeera America archive
    14. [33:55] “Myths of Mexico” (Columbia Journalism Review • 2009)
    15. [45:45] “The Year of the Heavy Moon” (Oxford American • 2017)
    16. [47:55] “My Name is Alex” (Oxford American • 2017)
    17. [48:50] “Mexico’s City of Dogs” (AlJazeera America • 2013)
    18. [1:05:45] “Searching for La Perdida” (Oxford American • 2016)

    Aug 28 2019

    1hr 8mins

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    Episode 356: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

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    Jean-Xavier de Lestrade is a French documentary filmmaker. He directed Murder on a Sunday Morning and The Staircase.

    “The courtroom in the United States is not really about the truth. It’s more about a story against another story. It’s more about storytelling. The more compelling or believable story by the jury will win. But in the end, we don’t know: is it the truth or not?”

    Thanks to Mailchimp, Pitt Writers, and We Love You (and So Can You) for sponsoring this week's episode.

    1. [00:05] We Love You (And So Can You)
    2. [01:00] You Can’t Make This Up
    3. [02:16] The Staircase (2004)
    4. [02:50] The Staircase II: The Last Chance (2013)
    5. [02:53] The Staircase (2018)
    6. [05:15] Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
    7. [05:35] The Justice of the Men (2001)
    8. [11:35] Caught in the Acts (Raymond Depardon • 1994)
    9. [12:05] Law and Order (Frederick Wiseman • 1969)
    10. [12:12] Welfare(Frederick Wiseman • 1975)
    11. [12:16] Public Housing (Frederick Wiseman • 1997)
    12. [25:23] Making a Murderer (Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos • 2015)
    13. [25:25] The Jinx (Andrew Jarecki • 2015)
    14. [25:27] The Keepers (Ryan White • 2017)

    Aug 21 2019

    46mins

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    Episode 355: Taylor Lorenz

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    Taylor Lorenz just announced she is leaving her job covering internet culture for The Atlantic to join The New York Times.

    “With technology and internet culture, I am more of an optimist than a lot of other people who cover those topics. It’s more ambiguous for me. It's more like, ‘This is the world we live in now and here are the pros and here are the cons. There are a lot of cons, but there are also these pros.’ I like how things shift and change under me. I like to see how things are constantly evolving.”

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    1. @taylorlorenz
    2. Lorenz on Longform
    3. [01:45] Lorenz’s archive at The Atlantic
    4. [06:15] "The Shooter’s Manifesto Was Designed to Troll" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    5. [06:30] "Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    6. [07:50] "The Real Difference Between Creators and Influencers" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    7. [17:15] INSTANT
    8. [19:00] The Daily What
    9. [21:20] "Where Everyone’s an Influencer" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    10. [22:30] "How an App for Gamers Went Viral" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    11. [23:50] "The Instagram Aesthetic is Over" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    12. [35:55] "How Tea Accounts Are Fueling Influencer Feuds" (The Atlantic • 2019)
    13. [36:00] The Shade Room
    14. [37:00] "How DramaAlert Became the TMZ of YouTube" (Daily Beast • 2018)
    15. [41:00] Lorenz at Mic
    16. [46:45] "The Mysterious Disappearance (and Eventual Rebirth) of YouTube Star Issa Twaimz" (New York • 2017)
    17. [54:40] "What Is the Momo Challenge?" (E.J Dickson • Rolling Stone • 2019)

    Aug 14 2019

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    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.”

    Thanks to MailChimp, Time Sensitive, Substack, and Pitt Writers for sponsoring this week's episode.

    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 10mins

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    Episode 353: Baxter Holmes

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    Baxter Holmes is a senior writer for ESPN. He won the James Beard Award for his 2017 article, “The NBA's Secret Addiction.”

    “If there’s anything I’m really fighting for it’s people’s memory. I love the notion of trying to write a story that sticks with people. And that requires really compelling characters. It requires in-depth reporting — you have to take people on a journey. It needs to be so rich and something they didn’t know. I look for a story that I can tell well enough that it will hold up, that it will earn someone’s memory.”

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    1. @Baxter
    2. Holmes on Longform
    3. [00:25] "The Threat of Youth Basketball" (ESPN • 2019)
    4. [01:00] "The NBA's Secret Addiction" (ESPN • 2017)
    5. [01:15] "The Secret Team Dinners That Have Built the Spurs' Dynasty" (ESPN • 2019)
    6. [01:20] "Lakers 2.0: The Failed Reboot of the NBA's Crown Jewel" (ESPN • 2019)
    7. [03:02] Longform Podcast #226: Terry Gross
    8. [30:40] "Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks" (Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther • Sports Illustrated • 2018)
    9. [43:10] Magic Johnson denies allegations on ESPN
    10. [44:00] Holmes talks about response to his Lakers piece
    11. [44:33] Longform Podcast #112: Don Van Natta Jr.
    12. [58:54] "The NBA's Secret Wine Society" (ESPN • 2018)

    Jul 31 2019

    1hr 2mins

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