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The Sunday Long Read Podcast

Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman

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Pulitzer-winning reporter Don Van Natta Jr. and journalist Jacob Feldman chat with writers and editors from across the industry as an audio extension of The Sunday Long Read e-mail newsletter.
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Episode 34: Jeanne Marie Laskas

45:27 | May 26th

The best-selling author, GQ correspondent, and National Magazine Award Finalist is our latest guest. Laskas discusses her books and articles including To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope; her New York Times Magazine article "The Mailroom;" and ...Show More
Episode 33: Will Leitch

1:05:03 | Apr 28th

Will Leitch founded Deadspin nearly 14 years ago. Since 2008, Leitch has written and worked outside of the site, most recently as a contributing editor at New York Magazine, a national correspondent for MLB, and the host of “The Will Leitch Show” on ...Show More
Episode 32: Anne Helen Petersen

47:07 | Mar 24th

Anne Helen Petersen, although she's a superb culture writer for BuzzFeed News, still gets a little nauseous at the prospect of talking to people for her stories. She talks about that and more with Jacob on this week's episode, where they touch on rep...Show More
Episode 31: Gideon Lewis-Kraus

43:23 | Jan 27th

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, a contributing writer at WIRED, and a contributing editor at Harper’s. He’s the author of a travel memoir called A Sense of Direction, and he teaches nonfiction in the Graduate ...Show More
Episode 30: Tommy Tomlinson

55:45 | Jan 13th

"The clock doesn't run out until the very end," says Tommy Tomlinson, author of the new book "The Elephant in the Room: One fat man's quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America." Tommy talks about his book, his weight, and more with Don on this week's...Show More
Episode 29: Rachel Sklar

39:27 | Oct 21st, 2018

If you worked in media in New York in the mid 2000s, you read the Fishbowl on MediaBistro. Our podcast guest today is the writer of that indispensable, gossipy blog, Rachel Sklar. We’ll track her unconventional path from Mediabistro to Mediaite and H...Show More
Episode 28: Ben Smith

43:06 | Oct 14th, 2018

Fresh off his guest-editing turn, BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith chatted with Don about how the term "Ben Smith-ing" came into being, why he moved from Politico to BuzzFeed, and the thought process behind publishing the controversial Trump-R...Show More
Episode 27: Elaina Plott

48:27 | Sep 16th, 2018

“It seemed like everyone knew what to think but me.” Elaina Plott landed not one but two stories in the Sunday Long Read newsletter last week. The first was a cover story for Pacific Standard magazine about the residents of Tangier Island, Virginia,...Show More
Episode 26: Albert Samaha

1:06:47 | Sep 9th, 2018

“There are two ways I view toughness and the virtue of it.” BuzzFeed News reporter Albert Samaha has a new book out about a young football team in a changing inner city. But clearly it’s about so much more than that, too. As for what he thinks will h...Show More
Episode 25: Maria Bustillos

47:08 | Aug 26th, 2018

Maria Bustillos is the current editor in chief of Popula, an alternative news and culture magazine that recently launched on the blockchain-based Civil platform. In this week's episode, Don and Maria walk through one of Popula's first pieces publishe...Show More
Episode 24: Jo Piazza

43:44 | Aug 12th, 2018

Jo Piazza is a journalist, podcaster, author of fiction and nonfiction books, and writer of personal essays. Her latest book—her eighth—is a novel called Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, and it’s a fascinating look at what it takes for a woman to run fo...Show More
Episode 23: Brett Michael Dykes

1:04:29 | Aug 7th, 2018

Through a mixture of humorous tales and handy insights, Uproxx editor-in-chief Brett Michael Dykes explains to Don how he turned a few viral posts on a personal blog into a series of jobs in digital media. He also discusses the book that inspired him...Show More
Episode 22: Glynnis MacNicol

47:05 | Aug 7th, 2018

Glynnis MacNicol wisely says about writing that "not telling the truth leads to bad writing." She's spot on about that and quite a few other things in her new book, "No One Tells You This," which she discusses with Don on this week's episode. The two...Show More
Episode 21: Seymour Hersh

44:35 | Aug 7th, 2018

A reporter's reporter, Sy Hersh characterizes his work this way: "I'm constantly walking into editors’ offices and throwing a dead rat full of lice on their desk. Maybe he’s still alive and moving.” Hear his unfiltered thoughts on his career and jour...Show More
Episode 20: Amy Chozick

55:50 | Aug 7th, 2018

Amy Chozick moved to New York after college with nothing but a set of clips from her college newspaper and now, 17 years later, is The New York Times bestselling author of the campaign memoir "Chasing Hillary." In this week's episode, Don (the co-aut...Show More
Episode 19: Steve Almond

38:21 | Aug 7th, 2018

Steve Almond says of writing: “The idea is that you are trying to show the reader somebody whose life is in disequilibrium and who is struggling with some universal bewilderment.” His newest book, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to our Count...Show More
Episode 18: Rachel Syme

1:21:25 | Aug 7th, 2018

Where is Rachel Syme's favorite people-watching perch in New York City? What would her ideal beat be? One of our favorite profile writers—and a soon-to-be author—discusses those topics and many, many more on this week's podcast. She also explains the...Show More
Episode 17: Shea Serrano

56:35 | Aug 7th, 2018

DVN: How many writers are you mentoring right now? SS: I think like 600. Don and Shea discuss how he first resorted to writing, how comments got him a job, how he found his unique voice, and the first compliment Bill Simmons gave him. From the firs...Show More
Episode 16: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

46:38 | Aug 7th, 2018

"What kind of globalization should we want? There are lots of different versions of it, and we have a particular version that at this moment is pissing off a lot of people—but it doesn't have to be that way." Atossa has spent most of her journalism c...Show More
Episode 15: Geoff Edgers

1:10:02 | Aug 7th, 2018

"I'm not that special," Washington Post national arts reporter Geoff Edgers says. "All I do is call a million people." That's how he's written unforgettable profiles on every star from Lionel Richie to David Letterman. Edgers shares his process with ...Show More
Episode 14: Alex Belth

1:16:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

After writing the Oral History of Inside Sports for The Sunday Long Read, and as he launches a new journalism archive project debuting today, Alex catches up with Don—who calls Alex "America's Curator Laureate." As for his new website, thestacksreade...Show More
Episode 13: Michael Kruse

1:09:14 | Aug 7th, 2018

"We're all a product of our path to the current moment, and my path is a little bit different," Michael says. He has worked his way up from covering exurban news to writing about the President for POLITICO. And he says that journey, which included st...Show More
Episode 12: Sally Jenkins

1:24:42 | Aug 7th, 2018

Washington Post columnist and four-time NYT best-selling author Sally Jenkins recounts the advice Billie Jean King gave her about dealing with sexism; shares her opinion of Lance Armstrong, Joe Paterno, and Roger Goodell; and explains why journalism ...Show More
Episode 11: S.L. Price

1:37:11 | Aug 7th, 2018

Longtime friends Don and Scott discuss how Price started going by S.L., the changes they've seen in American newsrooms, and how writing requires being both the god and dog of your story. They also go personal, discussing Scott's prescient student new...Show More
Episode 10: Kevin Van Valkenburg

1:14:38 | Aug 7th, 2018

Kevin Van Valkenburg is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, where he writes primarily about football and golf. Prior to joining ESPN, he spent 11 years at the Baltimore Sun. In 2015, he was the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professo...Show More
Episode 9: Wright Thompson and Seth Wickersham

1:14:08 | Aug 7th, 2018

Seth Wickersham and Wright Thompson both write for ESPN The Magazine and have been discussing stories since their time together at the University of Missouri (they discussed several while guest editing The Sunday Long Read in September). Don chatted ...Show More
Episode 8: Souad Mekhennet

59:50 | Aug 7th, 2018

Souad Mekhennet is a national security correspondent for The Washington Post and the author of the national best-selling, "I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad." Last month, she was named the 2017 recipient of the Daniel Pea...Show More
Episode 7: Chris Jones

1:35:54 | Aug 7th, 2018

In the middle of his Twitter hiatus, two-time National Magazine Award winner Chris Jones (left) chats with Don Van Natta Jr. Jones shares behind-the-scenes details from his favorite stories—including profiles of Roger Ebert and Teller. He also explai...Show More
Episode 6: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

1:12:15 | Aug 7th, 2018

It was about time The Sunday Long Read Podcast caught up with Taffy Brodesser-Akner, who extended her lead in list appearances this week. It's a longer episode, but equally jam-packed with stories and tips—and make sure to stick around for the first-...Show More
Episode 5: Christopher Goffard

40:54 | Aug 7th, 2018

Christopher Goffard, now at The Los Angeles Times, is an experienced journalist of over 20 years. Most recently, he's the reporter, writer and voice of Dirty John, a captivating series told via print and chart-topping podcast. Christopher tells Jacob...Show More
Episode 4: Ana Menendez

41:24 | Aug 7th, 2018

Award-winning author Ana Menendez is called “a triple-threat” by Don in our 4th Sunday Long Read podcast—she’s been a reporter, a columnist and is now a full-time fiction writer (and, last week, Ana was guest-curator of the SLR). In their 40-minute c...Show More
Episode 3: Jacob Feldman

41:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

Sunday Long Read producer Jacob Feldman joins Don to talk about his latest story on the NFL and discuss the podcast project.
Episode 2: Michael Graff

40:57 | Aug 7th, 2018

Michael N. Graff, an award-winning writer and editor from North Carolina, has appeared four times in The Sunday Long Read, including last week when Don selected Michael’s essay “Is the Secret to Successs… Faking It?” as his Favorite of the Week. In o...Show More
Episode 1: Jody Avirgan

28:25 | Aug 7th, 2018

For nearly 30 minutes, Don chatted with Jody about how the 30 for 30 Podcasts idea was born, the critically acclaimed first 30 for 30 Podcasts episode, The Trials of Dan and Dave and whether this is the golden age of pods or we’re sitting atop a podc...Show More