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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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tries to make journalism about celebrity

By jakeinmyanmar - Sep 12 2019
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every question in this podcast amounts to “how famous do you feel?”

Great podcast

By Hey224456 - Feb 03 2019
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Such a great podcast. Informative and entertaining.

iTunes Ratings

1185 Ratings
Average Ratings
1044
67
29
21
24

tries to make journalism about celebrity

By jakeinmyanmar - Sep 12 2019
Read more
every question in this podcast amounts to “how famous do you feel?”

Great podcast

By Hey224456 - Feb 03 2019
Read more
Such a great podcast. Informative and entertaining.
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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 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
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #2: 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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, EA SPORTS FIFA 16, Fracture, and FRONTLINE's "My Brother's Bomber for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Sep 23 2015
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #4: 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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Thanks to MailChimp, Casper, Squarespace, MasterClass, and "The Message" for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Nov 25 2015
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #6: 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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Bombfell, Babbel, and HelloFresh for sponsoring this week's episode.

Jul 26 2017
50 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #8: 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?’”

Thanks to MailChimp, Squarespace, and Blue Apron for sponsoring this week's episode.

Jan 04 2017
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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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
47 mins
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Rank #11: 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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Casper, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

Apr 05 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #13: 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.’”

Thanks to MailChimp's Freddie and Co., Freshbooks, Audible, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Jun 08 2016
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

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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.

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Jul 15 2015
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #15: 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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, EveryLibrary, and Igloo for sponsoring this week's episode.

Jul 20 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 78: Ariel Levy

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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 with an older awesome lady. It’s inspiring. And it makes you think 'Jesus, I might be rocking it when I’m 80!'"

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

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Feb 05 2014
52 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 204: Malcolm Gladwell

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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 your work like it, that means if you sell ten books you have two enemies. And if you sell a million books you have 200,000 enemies. So be careful what you wish for. The volume of critics grows linearly with the size of your audience.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

Aug 03 2016
51 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 146: Rembert Browne

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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 happens. It's a weird world. But I'm super deep in.”

Thanks to this week's sponsors: TinyLetter, Trunk Club, and QuickBooks Self-Employed.

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Jun 17 2015
1 hour
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Rank #19: 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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Bombas, Squarespace, and Trunk Club for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Apr 13 2016
54 mins
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Rank #20: 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
1 hour
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