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Episode #337: Casey Newton

55:35 | Apr 3rd

Casey Newton covers Silicon Valley for The Verge and writes The Interface newsletter.

Episode 231: Brooke Gladstone

46:23 | Feb 8th, 2017

Brooke Gladstone is the host of On the Media. “I’ve learned so much about how easy it is to redefine reality in this era of billions of filter bubbles. How easy it is to cast doubt on what is undeniably true. And I think that that’s what frightens me...Show More

Episode 332: Christie Aschwanden

56:44 | Feb 27th

Christie Aschwanden is a freelance science writer. Her latest book is "Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery."

Episode 243: Samin Nosrat, host and author of "Salt Fat Acid Heat"

53:19 | Dec 26th, 2018

Samin Nosrat is a food writer, educator, and chef. She is the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and hosts a series by the same name on Netflix.

Episode 270: Tyler Cowen

47:33 | Nov 15th, 2017

Tyler Cowen is an economist, the co-founder of Marginal Revolution, and the host of Conversations with Tyler. His latest book is The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. “I think of my central contribution, or what I’m t...Show More

Episode 7: Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:00:00 | Sep 19th, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beatiful Struggle, interviewed by Evan Ratliff. Show notes: Coates on Longform Coates's blog for The Atlantic "Fear of a Black President" (The Atlantic • Aug 2012) "'This Is H...Show More

Episode 331: Lydia Polgreen

1:01:00 | Feb 20th

Lydia Polgreen is the editor in chief of HuffPost.

Episode 328: Tommy Tomlinson

58:48 | Jan 30th

Tommy Tomlinson, a former newspaper columnist, is the host of Southbound podcast. His new book is The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America.

Episode 271: Kara Swisher

1:02:26 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Kara Swisher is the executive editor and co-founder of Recode. “I do the work. I just work harder than other people. I really do. I work harder, I interview more people, I call more people, I text more people. And so I find out, and they can not talk...Show More

Episode 265: Michael Barbaro

1:01:44 | Oct 11th, 2017

Michael Barbaro is the host of The Daily. “I don’t think The Daily should ever be my therapy session. That’s not what it’s meant to be, but I’m a human being. I arrive at work on a random Tuesday, and I do an interview with a guy like that, and it ju...Show More

Episode 263: Jelani Cobb

57:02 | Sep 27th, 2017

Dr. Jelani Cobb is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of three books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He teaches journalism at Columbia University. “Ralph Wiley — the sports writer, late Ralph Wiley — ...Show More

Episode 262: PJ Vogt of Reply All (Part 2)

55:37 | Sep 20th, 2017

PJ Vogt is the co-host of Reply All. “Every radio story is broken. Everything is missing some piece it’s supposed to have. Everything has some weird interview that didn’t go the way you thought it was going to go, or you thought you had an answer but...Show More

Episode 262: Alex Goldman of Reply All (Part 1)

53:01 | Sep 20th, 2017

Alex Goldman is the co-host of Reply All. “I am not the authority on the internet. I’m not an expert on particularly anything, except stuff that I like.” Thanks to MailChimp, Squarespace, and Blinkist for sponsoring this week's episode. @AGoldmund G...Show More

Episode 255: Matthew Klam

51:56 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Matthew Klam is a journalist and fiction writer. His new novel is Who Is Rich?. “The New Yorker had hyped me with this “20 Under 40” thing…and when the tenth anniversary of that list [came], somebody wrote an article about it. And they found everybod...Show More

Episode 204: Malcolm Gladwell

51:05 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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 ...Show More

Episode 202: David Remnick

1:05:41 | Jul 20th, 2016

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 en...Show More

Episode 339: Michael Lewis

51:33 | Apr 17th

Michael Lewis is the author of several bestselling books and the host of the podcast Against the Rules.

Episode 338: Hillary Frank

44:09 | Apr 10th

Hillary Frank is the creator of The Longest Shortest Time podcast and the author of Weird Parenting Wins.

Episode 336: Wesley Morris

52:40 | Mar 27th

Wesley Morris is a critic at large for The New York Times, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the co-host of Still Processing.

Special Episode: Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind

1:18:22 | Mar 25th

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, is the author of "The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal."

Episode 335: Kiese Laymon

1:03:19 | Mar 20th

Kiese Laymon is the author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Heavy: An American Memoir.

Episode 334: Patrick Radden Keefe

1:01:34 | Mar 13th

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at the New Yorker. His latest book is "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland"

Episode 333: Rosecrans Baldwin

1:08:17 | Mar 6th

Rosecrans Baldwin is a writer and regular contributor to GQ. His latest novel is "The Last Kid Left"

Episode 330: Thomas Morton

1:03:43 | Feb 13th

Thomas Morton is a writer and former contributing editor for Vice.

Episode 329: David Grann

1:08:55 | Feb 6th

David Grann is a staff writer for the New Yorker. His new book is "The White Darkness."

Episode 327: Julie Snyder

1:23:01 | Jan 23rd

Julie Snyder, one of the first producers at This American Life, is the co-creator of Serial and S-Town.

Episode 326: Doug Bock Clark

53:48 | Jan 16th

Doug Bock Clark has written for GQ, Wired, and The New Yorker. His new book is The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life.

Episode 325: Lizzie Johnson

55:33 | Jan 9th

Lizzie Johnson covers wildfires for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Episode 324: Malcolm Gladwell

48:09 | Jan 2nd

Malcolm Gladwell is a New Yorker staff writer, the author The Tipping Point and Blink, and the host of Revisionist History. His new podcast is Broken Record.

Episode 323: Allison P. Davis

59:27 | Dec 19th, 2018

Allison P. Davis is a staff writer at The Cut and New York.

Bonus Episode: Dan Taberski

51:04 | Dec 14th, 2018

Dan Taberski is the host of Missing Richard Simmons and Surviving Y2K.

Episode 322: Maria Streshinsky

37:12 | Dec 12th, 2018

Maria Streshinsky is the executive editor at Wired.

Episode 321: Nicholas Schmidle

59:42 | Dec 5th, 2018

Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His latest article is "Virgin Galactic's Rocket Man."

Episode 319: Madeleine Baran

1:07:24 | Nov 21st, 2018

Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark.

Episode 318: Beth Macy

1:06:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

Beth Macy is an author and former journalist at The Roanoke Times. Her latest book is "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America."

Episode 317: Paige Williams

1:01:24 | Nov 7th, 2018

Paige Williams is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of "The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy"

Episode 316: Joe Hagan

1:13:04 | Oct 31st, 2018

Joe Hagan is a correspondent at "Vanity Fair" and the author of "Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine"

Episode 314: Lisa Brennan-Jobs

1:17:10 | Oct 17th, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs is a New York-based writer. Her new book 'Small Fry' is about her childhood and her relationship with her father, Steve Jobs.

Episode 313: Liana Finck

1:07:42 | Oct 10th, 2018

Liana Finck writes for The New Yorker. Her new book is Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir. "I was drawing since I was 10 months old. My mom had left this vibrant community of architects and art people to live in this idyllic country setting with my...Show More

Episode 312: Rebecca Traister

1:18:16 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Rebecca Traister is the author of "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger"

Episode 311: Jerry Saltz

1:05:26 | Sep 26th, 2018

Jerry Saltz is a Pulitzer-winning art critic for New York.

Episode 310: Eli Saslow

1:03:56 | Sep 19th, 2018

Eli Saslow is a Pulitzer-winning feature writer for the Washington Post. His new book is Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.

Episode 309: Jeanne Marie Laskas

1:01:54 | Sep 12th, 2018

Jeanne Marie Laskas writes for GQ and the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is "To Obama."

Episode 308: Jon Caramanica

1:03:28 | Aug 29th, 2018

Jon Caramanica is a New York Times music writer

Episode 307: Jeff Maysh

1:10:06 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Jeff Maysh is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. His latest article is "How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions."

Episode 306: David Marchese

52:40 | Aug 15th, 2018

David Marchese is the interviewer for New York's "In Conversation" series

Episode 305: Nathaniel Rich

1:03:44 | Aug 8th, 2018

Nathaniel Rich is a novelist and a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His latest article is "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change."

Episode 304: Laura June

55:16 | Aug 1st, 2018

Laura June is author of "Now My Heart Is Full"

Episode 303: Rukmini Callimachi

1:41:32 | Jul 25th, 2018

Rukmini Callimachi covers ISIS for The New York Times and is the host of Caliphate.

Episode 302: Megan Greenwell

1:11:26 | Jul 18th, 2018

Megan Greenwell is the editor-in-chief of Deadspin.

Episode 301: Bryan Fogel

50:54 | Jul 11th, 2018

Bryan Fogel is the Oscar-winning director of Icarus.

Episode 260: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Pulitzer-winning author of "A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof"

52:47 | Jul 4th, 2018

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist. Her 2017 GQ piece “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” won the National Magazine Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Episode 300: May Jeong

48:37 | Jun 27th, 2018

May Jeong is a magazine writer and investigative reporter.

Episode 299: Helen Rosner

1:16:41 | Jun 20th, 2018

Helen Rosner is a food correspondent at The New Yorker.

Episode 298: Reeves Wiedeman

56:18 | Jun 13th, 2018

Reeves Wiedeman is a reporter at New York

Episode 297: Elif Batuman

1:07:29 | Jun 6th, 2018

Elif Batuman is a novelist and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest article is “Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry.”

Episode 296: Leon Neyfakh

56:03 | May 30th, 2018

Leon Neyfakh is a writer and the host of "Slow Burn."

Episode 292: Lauren Hilgers

48:45 | May 2nd, 2018

Lauren Hilgers is a journalist and the author of Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown. “You just need to spend a lot of time with people. And it’s awkward. I read something when I was first starting out as a journalist in China, ‘Make a ...Show More

Episode 291: Charlie Warzel

45:48 | Apr 25th, 2018

Charlie Warzel is a senior tech writer for BuzzFeed. “Part of the big tech reckoning that we’re seeing since the election isn’t really about the election, it isn’t really about Trump or politics. It’s more about this idea that: Wow, these services h...Show More

Episode 290: Michelle Dean

1:07:14 | Apr 18th, 2018

Michelle Dean is a journalist and critic. Her new book is Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion. “There isn’t one answer. I wish there was one answer. The answer is: You just have to wing it. And I’m learning that — I’m learning to b...Show More

Episode 289: Craig Mod

48:57 | Apr 11th, 2018

Craig Mod is a writer and photographer. His podcast is On Margins. “You pick up an iPad, you pick up an iPhone—what are you picking up? You’re picking up a chemical-driven casino that just plays on your most base desires for vanity and ego and our ob...Show More

Episode 288: Tom Bissell

52:45 | Apr 4th, 2018

Tom Bissell is a journalist, critic, video game writer, and author of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. His latest book is Magic Hours. “I kind of have come around to maybe not as monkish or fanatical dev...Show More

Episode 287: Will Mackin

1:03:21 | Mar 28th, 2018

Will Mackin is a U.S. Navy veteran who served with a SEAL team in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut book is Bring Out the Dog. “I wanted to write nonfiction and I started writing nonfiction. And the reason I did that was — first of all, I felt all the ...Show More

Episode 286: Nitasha Tiku

43:29 | Mar 21st, 2018

Nitasha Tiku is a senior writer at Wired. “I’ve always been an incredibly nosy person—not nosy, curious. Curious about the world. It just gives you a license to ask any question, and hopefully if you have a willing editor, the freedom to see somethin...Show More

Episode 285: Chana Joffe-Walt

57:59 | Mar 14th, 2018

Chana Joffe-Walt is a producer and reporter at This American Life. Her latest story is "Five Women." “I felt like there was more to learn from these stories, more than just which men are bad and shouldn’t have the Netflix special that they wanted to ...Show More

Episode 284: Joe Weisenthal

1:01:44 | Mar 7th, 2018

Joe Weisenthal is the executive editor of news for Bloomberg Digital and the co-host of What’d You Miss? and Odd Lots. "If I don’t say yes to this, then I can never say yes to anything again. Because when else am I going to get a chance in life to co...Show More

Episode 283: Sean Fennessey

1:09:08 | Feb 28th, 2018

Sean Fennessy is the editor-in-chief of The Ringer and a former Grantland editor. He hosts The Big Picture. "What I try to do is listen to people as much as I can. And try to be compassionate. I think it’s really hard to be on the internet. This is a...Show More

Episode 282: Jenna Wortham

59:10 | Feb 21st, 2018

Jenna Wortham is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a co-host of Still Processing. “I feel like I’m still writing to let my 10-year-old self know it’s okay to be you. It’s okay to be a chubby androgynous weirdo. You know what I mean? L...Show More

Episode 281: Michael Idov

43:33 | Feb 14th, 2018

Michael Idov is a screenwriter, journalist, and the former editor-in-chief of GQ Russia. His latest book is Dressed Up for a Riot. "It just goes to show that the best thing you can possibly do as a journalist is to forget you’re a journalist, go out,...Show More

Episode 280: Liliana Segura

1:04:04 | Feb 7th, 2018

Liliana Segura writes for The Intercept. “My form of advocacy against the death penalty, frankly, has always been to tell those stories that other people aren’t seeing. And to humanize the people—not just the people facing execution, but everyone aro...Show More

Episode 279: Seth Wickersham

52:57 | Jan 31st, 2018

Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN. His latest article is "For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, Is This the Beginning of the End?" “You want to write about something real. I hate stories that are, the tension of the story is, talk radio perceptio...Show More

Episode 278: Nathan Thornburgh

49:09 | Jan 24th, 2018

Nathan Thornburgh is the co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms. "You have to remain committed to the kind of irrational act of producing journalism for an uncaring world. You have to want to do that so bad, that you will never not be doing that. There’s so ...Show More

Episode 277: Kiera Feldman

56:08 | Jan 17th, 2018

Kiera Feldman is an investigative reporter. Her latest article is "Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection." "I used to have a lot of anxiety that I don’t seem like an investigative reporter. Utlimately, my reporting personalit...Show More

Episode 276: Azmat Khan

1:00:10 | Jan 10th, 2018

Azmat Khan is an investigative reporter and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. "For me, what matters most is systematic investigation, and I think that’s different than an investigative story that might explore one case. It’s about...Show More

Episode 210: Ben Taub, New Yorker Staff Writer

1:15:09 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Ben Taub is a staff writer at The New Yorker. “I don’t think it’s my place to be cynical because I’ve observed some of the horrors of the Syrian War through these various materials, but it’s Syrians that are living them. It’s Syrians that are being l...Show More

Episode 254: Maggie Haberman, New York Times White House Correspondent

45:59 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Episode 275: Tina Brown

50:05 | Dec 20th, 2017

Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, is the founder of Women in the World. Her latest book is The Vanity Fair Diaries. “I believed that my bravado had no limit, if you know what I mean. I see limits now, let’s put it that ...Show More

Episode 274: Mara Shalhoup

39:19 | Dec 13th, 2017

Mara Shalhoup was until recently editor-in-chief of LA Weekly. She is the author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family. “I’m so fearful about what it will look like for cities without an outlet for [alt-weekly] stories. An...Show More

Episode 273: Zoe Chace

1:05:55 | Dec 6th, 2017

Zoe Chace is a reporter and producer at This American Life. “Radio is a movie in your head. It’s a very visual thing. It’s a transporting thing—when it’s done well. And it’s louder than your thoughts. It is both of those things. It would just take me...Show More

Episode 272: Jason Leopold

1:03:20 | Nov 29th, 2017

Jason Leopold is a senior investigative reporter for Buzzfeed and the author of News Junkie. “I made the worst mistake that cost me my credibility and I could have done two things. I could have walked away, and said I’m done with this, no one wants m...Show More

Episode 269: Jodi Kantor

55:11 | Nov 8th, 2017

Jodi Kantor is a New York Times investigative reporter and the author of The Obamas. “Being a reporter really robs you of self-consciousness and shyness. You realize that it’s this great gift of being able to ask crazy questions, either really person...Show More

Episode 268: Jim Nelson

1:02:58 | Nov 1st, 2017

Jim Nelson is the editor-in-chief of GQ. “One of the things that was initially a challenge was we would all think of ‘the print side’ and ‘the digital side.’ Now what we all think about is, ‘Okay, stop saying and GQ the print edition. It’s jus...Show More

Episode 267: Sarah Ellison

44:16 | Oct 25th, 2017

Sarah Ellison is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of War at the Wall Street Journal. “There’s no lack of stories. ... There’s always an element where you’re going to be parachuting into something that someone has likely written a...Show More

Episode 266: Patricia Bosworth

38:42 | Oct 18th, 2017

Patricia Bosworth is a journalist and biographer. Her latest book is The Men in My Life. “The [acting] rejections are hellish and ghastly. At least they were to me. And I got tired of being rejected so much and also tired of not being able to control...Show More

Episode 264: Vanessa Grigoriadis

48:45 | Oct 4th, 2017

Vanessa Grigoriadis writes for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. “I’m a controversial writer. I’ve never shied away from controversy. I’ve only re...Show More

Episode 261: Hillary Clinton

54:13 | Sep 13th, 2017

Hillary Clinton is the former Democratic nominee for president. Her new book is What Happened. “I hugged a lot of people after [my concession speech] was over. A lot of people cried … and then it was done. So Bill and I went out and got in the back o...Show More

Episode 260: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

53:42 | Sep 6th, 2017

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist. Her latest piece is “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof.” “I remember feeling like ‘you’re playing chess with evil, and you gotta win.’ Because this is the most terrible thing I’d ever seen. And...Show More

Episode 259: Ellen Barry

43:54 | Aug 30th, 2017

Ellen Barry is the former New York Times bureau chief for South Asia. “Every time you leave a beat—and this is something that I think as foreign correspondents we rarely communicate to our readers—you’re walking away from a story which has really bee...Show More

Episode 258: Kate Fagan

50:03 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for ESPN. Her latest book is What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. “When I was professionally closeted, I was kind of bitter. I didn’t have a ton of empathy. A...Show More

Episode 257: Jay Caspian Kang

53:19 | Aug 16th, 2017

Jay Caspian Kang is a writer at large at The New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Vice News Tonight. “I make a pretty provocative argument about how Asian American identity doesn’t really exist—how it’s basically just an academic idea, and...Show More

Episode 256: David Gessner

50:06 | Aug 9th, 2017

David Gessner is the author of ten books. His latest is Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth. “The ambition got in my way at first. Because I wanted my stuff to be great, and it froze me up. But later on it was really helpful. I’m st...Show More

Episode 254: Maggie Haberman

50:08 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Episode 253: Steven Levy

57:54 | Jul 19th, 2017

Steven Levy writes for Wired, where he is the editor of Backchannel. “It’s about people. Travis Kalanick’s foibles aren’t because he’s a technology executive. It’s because he’s Travis Kalanick. That’s the way he is. There is a certain strain in Silic...Show More

Episode 252: Mark Bowden

42:54 | Jul 12th, 2017

Mark Bowden is a journalist and the author of 13 books, including Black Hawk Down and his latest, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. “My goal is never to condemn someone that I’m writing about. It’s always to understand them. A...Show More

Episode 239: S-Town's Brian Reed

1:12:08 | Jul 5th, 2017

Brian Reed, a senior producer at This American Life, is the host of S-Town. “It’s a story about the remarkableness of what could be called an unremarkable life.” Thanks to MailChimp, Babbel, and Squarespace for sponsoring this episode. @brihreed Ree...Show More

Episode 251: Ginger Thompson

1:01:11 | Jun 28th, 2017

Ginger Thompson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is "How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico." “How many times have I written the phrase ‘a town that was controlled by drug traffickers?' I had no...Show More

Episode 250: Patricia Lockwood

41:12 | Jun 21st, 2017

Patricia Lockwood is a poet and essayist. Her new book is Priestdaddy: A Memoir. “[Prose writing is] strange to me as a poet. I’m like, ‘Well I guess I’ll tell you just what happened then.’ But the humor has to be there as well. Because in my family ...Show More

Episode 249: John Grisham

50:53 | Jun 14th, 2017

John Grisham is the author of 38 books, including his latest novel, Camino Island. “A Time to Kill didn’t sell. It just didn’t sell. There was never any talk of going back for a second printing. No talk of paper back. No foreign deal. It was a flop. ...Show More

Episode 248: Erin Lee Carr

57:44 | Jun 7th, 2017

Erin Lee Carr is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Her new film is Mommy Dead and Dearest. “I feel like I’ve always had the story down—that’s not been really difficult for me. So the difficult thing, I think, for me, has always been access. Can I g...Show More

Episode 247: Ariel Levy

54:58 | May 31st, 2017

Ariel Levy, a New Yorker staff writer, is the author of The Rules Do Not Apply. “I don’t believe in ‘would this’ and ‘would that.’ There’s no ‘everything happens for a reason.’ Everything happens, and then you just fucking deal. I mean we could play ...Show More

Episode 246: Jeffrey Gettleman

52:53 | May 24th, 2017

Jeffrey Gettleman is the East Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times and the author of Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival. “I’m not an adventure-seeking adrenaline junky. I like to explore new worlds, but I’m not one of these ch...Show More

Episode 245: Rafe Bartholomew

55:48 | May 17th, 2017

Rafe Bartholomew is the former features editor at Grantland and the author of Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me. “I never saw it as something negative because [my dad] comes out, to me, at the end, extremely heroic. … He becomes this dad who I ...Show More

Episode 244: Nick Bilton

59:05 | May 10th, 2017

Nick Bilton is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and the author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. “I’ve been covering tech for a long, long time. And the thing I’ve always tried to do is cover ...Show More

Episode 243: Samin Nosrat

58:37 | May 3rd, 2017

Samin Nosrat is a food writer, educator, and chef. Her new book is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. “I kind of couldn’t exist as just a cook or a writer. I kind of need to be both. Because they fulfill these two totally ...Show More

Episode 242: Sarah Menkedick

34:10 | Apr 26th, 2017

Sarah Menkedick is a freelance writer and the founder of Vela. Her upcoming book is Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm. “I’d been rejected a ton of times—I had that 400-page thing that never became a book. So there were plenty of...Show More

Episode 241: David Grann

1:13:30 | Apr 19th, 2017

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. “The more stories I reported over time, the more I just realized there are parts of the story I can’t always get ...Show More

Episode 240: Alex Kotlowitz

51:59 | Apr 12th, 2017

Alex Kotlowitz is a journalist whose work has appeared in print, radio, and film. He’s the author of three books, including There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. “The truth of the matter is, given what we ...Show More

Episode 239: Brian Reed

1:13:13 | Apr 5th, 2017

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. @brihr...Show More

Episode 238: Hrishikesh Hirway

45:44 | Mar 29th, 2017

Hrishikesh Hirway is the host of Song Exploder. “I love the idea that somebody would listen to an episode [of Song Exploder] and then the feeling that they would have afterwards is, ‘Now I want to make something.’ That’s the best possible reaction. W...Show More

Episode 237: Sheelah Kolhatkar

1:02:45 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street. “Suddenly the financial crisis happened and all this stuff that had b...Show More

Episode 236: Al Baker

1:01:00 | Mar 15th, 2017

Al Baker is a crime reporter at The New York Times, where he writes the series “Murder in the 4-0.” “When there’s a murder in a public housing high rise, there’s a body on the floor. Jessica White in a playground, on a hot summer night. Her children ...Show More

Episode 235: Caity Weaver

46:02 | Mar 8th, 2017

Caity Weaver is a staff writer at GQ. “I always try to remember: you don’t have to tell people what you’re not good at. You don’t have to remind them of what you’re not doing well or what your weak points are. Don’t apologize for things immediately. ...Show More

Episode 234: Matthew Cole

59:59 | Mar 1st, 2017

Matthew Cole is an investigative reporter at The Intercept, where he recently published “The Crimes of Seal Team 6.” “I’ve gotten very polite and very impolite versions of ‘go fuck yourself.’ I used to have a little sheet of paper where I wrote down ...Show More

Episode 233: Alexis C. Madrigal

57:38 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Alexis C. Madrigal is an editor-at-large for Fusion, where he’s producing the upcoming podcast, Containers. “Sometimes you think like, 'Man the media business is the worst. This is so hard.' When you spend time with all these other business people, y...Show More

Episode 232: Ana Marie Cox

51:07 | Feb 15th, 2017

Ana Marie Cox is the senior political correspondent for MTV News, conducts the “Talk” interviews in The New York Times Magazine, and founded Wonkette. “When people are sending me hate mail or threats, one defense I have against that is ‘you don’t kno...Show More

Episode 230: Ezra Edelman

1:02:51 | Feb 1st, 2017

Ezra Edelman is the director of O.J.: Made in America. “When I say what I learned is that America is even more fucked up than I had previously thought, it’s that—the superficiality of it. How we are willingly seduced by these shiny people and these s...Show More

Episode 229: Alexey Kovalev

29:33 | Jan 25th, 2017

Alexey Kovalev is a Moscow-based journalist and the author of the recent article, “A Message to My Doomed Colleagues in the American Media." “It’s really disheartening to see how little it takes for people to start believing in something that directl...Show More

Episode 228: Jeff Sharlet

54:35 | Jan 18th, 2017

Jeff Sharlet writes about politics and religion for Esquire, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and more. “I like the stories with difficult people. I like the stories about people who are dismissed as monsters. I hate the term ‘monster.’ ‘Monster’ is a sa...Show More

Episode 227: Jace Clayton

47:02 | Jan 11th, 2017

Jace Clayton is a music writer and musician who records as DJ /rupture. His book is Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture. “What does it mean to be young and have some sound inside your head? Or to be in a scene that you want to b...Show More

Episode 226: Terry Gross

1:21:50 | Jan 4th, 2017

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 b...Show More

Episode 225: Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:00:57 | Dec 21st, 2016

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...Show More

Episode 224: Hua Hsu

37:39 | Dec 14th, 2016

Hua Hsu writes for The New Yorker and is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. “I remember, as a kid, my dad telling me that when he moved to the United States he subscribed to The New Yorker, and then he canceled...Show More

Episode 223: Carl Zimmer

54:29 | Dec 7th, 2016

Carl Zimmer, a columnist for the New York Times and a national correspondent at STAT, writes about science. “[Criticism] doesn’t change the truth. You know? Global warming is still happening. Vaccines still work. Evolution is still true. No matter wh...Show More

Episode 222: Wesley Lowery

47:14 | Nov 30th, 2016

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter at the Washington Post, where he worked on the Pulitzer-winning project, "Fatal Force." His new book is They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. “I think tha...Show More

Episode 221: Adam Moss

59:29 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Adam Moss is the editor of New York Magazine. “I think [change] is good for journalism—it’s what journalism is about. You can’t write about something static. News is about what is new. So there’s plenty of new right now. I’m not saying it’s good for ...Show More

Episode 220: Kyle Chayka

37:48 | Nov 16th, 2016

Kyle Chayka is a freelance writer who writes for Businessweek, The Verge, Racked, The New Yorker, and more. “I love that idea of form and content being the same. I want to write about lifestyle in a lifestyle magazine. I want to critique technology i...Show More

Episode 219: Susan Casey

43:56 | Nov 11th, 2016

Susan Casey is the former editor of O and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. Her latest is Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins. “The funny thing is people often say, ‘You must be fearless.’ I...Show More

Episode 218: Wesley Morris

1:00:18 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Wesley Morris is a critic at large for The New York Times, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the co-host of Still Processing. His latest article is "Last Taboo: Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality." “You learn ...Show More

Episode 217: Doreen St. Félix

1:02:27 | Oct 26th, 2016

Doreen St. Félix is a writer at MTV News. “It feels like there are images of black utopias that are arising. And you can’t—even if you’re not as superstitious as me—you can’t possibly think that that doesn’t have to do with the decline, the final, to...Show More

Episode 216: Emily Witt

54:28 | Oct 19th, 2016

Emily Witt is a freelance writer and the author of Future Sex. “I think I had always thought that—maybe this is coming from a WASPy, protestant background—if I presented myself as overtly sexual in any way, it would be a huge turnoff. That they would...Show More

Episode 215: Krista Tippett

55:39 | Oct 12th, 2016

Krista Tippett is the host of On Being and the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. “Good journalists in newsrooms hold themselves to primitive standards when they’re covering religious ideas and people. They’re slo...Show More

Episode 214: Luke Dittrich

56:04 | Oct 5th, 2016

Luke Dittrich is a contributing editor at Esquire. His new book is Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets. “As soon as I told [my mom] that I got my first book deal for this story about Patient H.M., her first words were, ‘Oh no...Show More

Episode 213: A.J. Daulerio

1:02:17 | Sep 28th, 2016

A.J. Daulerio is the former editor-in-chief of Gawker. “The choices they’ve given me are take back everything that you loved about Nick [Denton], Gawker, and your job, and we’ll give you your $1,000 back or your ability to make money. You can walk aw...Show More

Episode 212: Julia Turner

1:03:27 | Sep 21st, 2016

Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate. “That’s what we’ve been focused on: trying to double down on the stuff that feels distinctive and original. Because if you spend all your time on a social platform, and a bunch of media brands are optimizing ...Show More

Episode 211: Naomi Zeichner

46:32 | Sep 14th, 2016

Naomi Zeichner is editor-in-chief of The Fader. “Right now in rap there’s kind of a huge tired idea that kids are trying to kill their idols, and kids have no respect for history, and kids are making bastardized crazy music, and how dare they? I just...Show More

Episode 210: Ben Taub

1:16:49 | Sep 7th, 2016

Ben Taub is a contributing writer at The New Yorker. “I don’t think it’s my place to be cynical because I’ve observed some of the horrors of the Syrian War through these various materials, but it’s Syrians that are living them. It’s Syrians that are ...Show More

Episode 209: Sarah Schweitzer

45:52 | Aug 31st, 2016

Sarah Schweitzer is a former feature writer for the Boston Globe. “I just am drawn, I think, to the notion that we start out as these creatures that just want love and were programmed that way—to try to find it and to make our lives whole. We are, as...Show More

Episode 208: Rachel Monroe

51:43 | Aug 24th, 2016

Rachel Monroe is a freelance writer based in Texas. “I will totally go emotionally deep with people. If I can find a subject who is into that then it will probably be a good story. Whether that person is a victim of a crime, or a committer of a crime...Show More

Episode 207: McKay Coppins

39:16 | Aug 19th, 2016

McKay Coppins is a senior political writer for Buzzfeed News and the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. “I am part of the problem. Not in the sense that it’...Show More

Episode 206: Gabriel Sherman

55:52 | Aug 17th, 2016

Gabriel Sherman is the national affairs editor at New York and the author of the New York Times best-seller The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country. “There was a time when we got de...Show More

Special 'Love and Ruin' Reissue: Jon Mooallem

52:09 | Aug 12th, 2016

Jon Mooallem is the author of "American Hippopotamus," a story included in Love and Ruin, the new Atavist Magazine collection. Buy your copy today.

Episode 205: Ezra Klein

1:05:47 | Aug 10th, 2016

Ezra Klein the editor-in-chief of Vox. “I think that if any of these big players collapse, when their obits are written, it’ll be because they did too much. I’m not saying I think any of them in particular are doing too much. But I do think, when I l...Show More

Episode 203: Ellis Jones

32:39 | Jul 27th, 2016

Ellis Jones is the editor-in-chief of VICE Magazine. “I’m just not an edgy person. You know what I mean? I think I am a nice person. I think VICE Magazine reflects the qualities that I want to have or think that I have or that my team has. The magazi...Show More

Episode 201: T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

52:44 | Jul 13th, 2016

T. Christian Miller, senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, staff writer at The Marshall Project, co-wrote the Pulitzer-winning article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” “I won’t forget this: when T. and I talked on the phone...Show More

Episode 200: Jack Hitt

57:55 | Jul 6th, 2016

Jack Hitt contributes to Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and This American Life. “I’ve always lived more or less unemployed in these markets, and happily so. I think being unemployed keeps you a little more sharp in terms of looking for storie...Show More

Episode 199: Kathryn Schulz

59:38 | Jun 29th, 2016

Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker. "The Really Big One," her article about the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. “I can tell you in absolute sincerity: I didn't realize I was writing a scary story. O...Show More

Bonus Episode: Shane Bauer

48:00 | Jun 27th, 2016

Shane Bauer, a senior reporter for Mother Jones, spent four months working undercover as a guard in a private prison. “The thing that I grappled with the most afterward was a feeling of shame about who I was as a guard and some of the things that I h...Show More

Episode 198: Frank Rich

46:28 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Frank Rich, a former culture and political columnist for The New York Times, writes for New York and is the executive producer of Veep. “All audiences bite back. If you have an opinion—forget about whether it’s theater or politics. If it’s about spor...Show More

Bonus Episode: Louisa Thomas and Evan Thomas

57:43 | Jun 19th, 2016

Louisa Thomas, a former writer and editor at Grantland, is a New Yorker contributor and the author of Louisa. Her father Evan Thomas, a longtime writer for Newsweek and Time, is the author of several award-winning books, including last year's Being N...Show More

Episode 197: Nikole Hannah-Jones

48:45 | Jun 15th, 2016

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. “I don’t think there’s any beat you can cover in America that race is not intertwined with—environment, politics, business, housing, you name it. So, whatever beat you put me on...Show More

Episode 196: Jon Favreau

1:06:13 | Jun 8th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Episode 195: Leah Finnegan

52:01 | Jun 1st, 2016

Leah Finnegan, a former New York Times and Gawker editor, is the managing news editor at Genius. “After the Condé Nast article, Nick Denton decided Gawker needed to be 20% nicer, and I took a buyout because I was not 20% nicer.” Thanks to MailChimp, ...Show More

Episode 194: Pablo S. Torre

57:25 | May 25th, 2016

Pablo Torre is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine and frequently appears on Around the Horn, PTI, and other ESPN shows. “Most of my friends are not sports fans. My parents aren't. Brother and sister — no. So I just want to make things that they wan...Show More

Episode 193: Robin Marantz Henig

56:51 | May 18th, 2016

Robin Marantz Henig, the author of nine books, writes about science and medicine for The New York Times Magazine. “I have my moments of thinking, ‘Well, why is this still so hard? Why do I still have to prove myself after all this time?’ If I were in...Show More

Episode 192: Seymour Hersh

40:40 | May 11th, 2016

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. “The government had denied everything we said. We just asked them and they said, ‘Oh no, not true, not true.’ That’s just—it’s all pro forma. You a...Show More

Episode 191: Kelly McEvers

56:52 | May 4th, 2016

Kelly McEvers, a former war correspondent, hosts NPR's All Things Considered and the podcast Embedded. “Listeners want you to be real, a real person. Somebody who stumbles and fails sometimes. I think the more human you are, the more people can then ...Show More

Bonus Episode: Evan Ratliff

46:08 | Apr 29th, 2016

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses "The Mastermind,” his new 7-part serialized story in The Atavist Magazine. “On several occasions [sources] didn’t want to go into the details of how they were identified. They were just like,...Show More

Episode 190: Susie Cagle

41:24 | Apr 27th, 2016

Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator. “I don’t really know what it was that made me not quit. I still kind of wonder that. There have been many times over the last couple of years even, as things are taking off in my career, things are going w...Show More

Episode 189: Maciej Ceglowski

59:55 | Apr 20th, 2016

Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words. “My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it's unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. ...Show More

Episode 188: Nate Silver

54:38 | Apr 13th, 2016

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 yo...Show More

Episode 187: Elizabeth Gilbert

1:17:06 | Apr 6th, 2016

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 p...Show More

Episode 186: Gabriel Synder

45:01 | Mar 30th, 2016

Gabriel Snyder is the editor-in-chief of The New Republic. “I had a new job, I was new to the place, and I came to it with a great deal of respect but didn’t feel like I had any special claim to it. But in that moment I realized that there were all ...Show More

Episode 185: Ben Smith

58:35 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Ben Smith is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. “I do think as a reporter in general, most of what we deal in is ephemera. And I love that. I mean that’s the business, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I think that’s a plus ...Show More

Episode 184: Daniel Alarcón

1:00:01 | Mar 16th, 2016

Daniel Alarcón, a novelist and the co-founder of Radio Ambulante, has written for Harper's, California Sunday, and the New York Times Magazine. “I’m a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, and I care a lot about my sentences and my prose and all th...Show More

Episode 183: Jia Tolentino

1:01:24 | Mar 9th, 2016

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...Show More

Episode 182: Heather Havrilesky

1:00:20 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Heather Havrilesky writes the Ask Polly advice column for New York and is the author of the upcoming How to Be a Person in the World. “I don’t give a shit if I succeed or fail or what I do next, I just want to do things that are strange and not soun...Show More

Episode 181: Wesley Yang

53:28 | Feb 24th, 2016

Wesley Yang writes for New York and other publications. “If a person remains true to some part of their experience, no matter what it is, and they present it in full candor, there’s value to that. People will recognize it. Once I knew that was true,...Show More

Episode 180: Mishka Shubaly

50:38 | Feb 17th, 2016

Mishka Shubaly is the author of I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You and several best-selling Kindle Singles. “I remember thinking when I was shipwrecked in the Bahamas, ‘I’m going to fucking die here. I’m 24 years old, I’m going to die, and no one will m...Show More

Episode 179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

1:15:34 | Feb 10th, 2016

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round. “I’m just trying to follow my curiosities. You know how kids always ask the best questions because they haven’t lost the will to live? I’m just desperately trying to keep that childish curiosity abo...Show More

Episode 178: Michael J. Mooney

58:41 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Michael J. Mooney is a staff writer at D Magazine and the author of The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle. “There are some elements of crime stories that are so absurd that it’s funny, and so working on the “How Not to Get Away With Murder” story, it wa...Show More

Episode 177: Alex Perry

57:45 | Jan 27th, 2016

Alex Perry, based in England, has covered Africa and Asia for Newsweek and Time. His most recent book is The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free. “I got a call from one of my editors in 2003 or 2004, and he said something like, ‘You realize someone has d...Show More

Episode 176: Grant Wahl

51:27 | Jan 20th, 2016

Grant Wahl is senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of The Beckham Experiment. “I said to Balotelli, ‘I know you’re into President Obama. There’s a decent chance that he might read this story.’ He kind of perked up. I don’t think I was ...Show More

Episode 175: Brooke Gladstone

1:03:32 | Jan 13th, 2016

Brooke Gladstone is the co-host of On the Media and the author of The Influencing Machine. “I'm not going to get any richer or more famous than I am right now. This is it, this is fine — it's better than I ever expected. I don't have anything to ris...Show More

Episode 174: Venkatesh Rao

54:30 | Jan 5th, 2016

Venkatesh Rao is the founder of Ribbonfarm and the author of Breaking Smart. “I would say I was blind and deaf and did not know anything about how the world worked until I was about 25. It took until almost 35 before I actually cut loose from the sc...Show More

Episode 173: Doug McGray

59:55 | Dec 23rd, 2015

Doug McGray is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of California Sunday and Pop-Up. “Your life ends up being made up of the things you remember. You forget most of it, but the things that you remember become your life. And if you can make something t...Show More

Episode 172: Kliph Nesteroff

1:02:52 | Dec 16th, 2015

Kliph Nesteroff writes for WFMU's Beware of the Blog. His book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy, was released in November. “Well, comedy always becomes stale. Whether it’s offensive or not offensive, it...Show More

Episode 171: Adrian Chen

49:04 | Dec 9th, 2015

Adrian Chen is a freelance journalist who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired. His latest article is "Unfollow," about a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church. “Twitter and social media get such a bad rep fo...Show More

Episode 170: Aleksandar Hemon at the Miami Book Fair

34:39 | Dec 4th, 2015

Aleksandar Hemon is a writer from Bosnia whose fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Granta. His books include The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, and The Book of My Lives. “For me and for everyone I know, that's the cen...Show More

Episode 169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair

37:43 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Chip Kidd is a book designer and author. His most recent book is Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts. “The curious thing about doing a book cover is that you're creating a piece of art, but it is in service to a greater p...Show More

Episode 168: Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:06:41 | Nov 25th, 2015

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 littl...Show More

Episode 167: Kurt Andersen

1:00:50 | Nov 18th, 2015

Kurt Andersen is the co-founder of Spy Magazine, the author of several books, and the host of Studio 360. “As a young person, I never thought of myself as a risk-taker. Then I did this risky thing that shouldn't have succeeded, I started this magazi...Show More

Episode 166: Ed Caesar

48:49 | Nov 11th, 2015

Ed Caesar is a freelance writer based in England whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, British GQ, and The Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon. “That was a really horrific situation. Pe...Show More

Episode 165: Jazmine Hughes

46:20 | Nov 4th, 2015

Jazmine Hughes is an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and The New Republic. “You hope that one day when you’re the editor-in-chief of Blah, Blah, Blah, that you’ll wake ...Show More

Episode 164: Lena Dunham

25:27 | Oct 28th, 2015

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 util...Show More

Episode 163: Matthew Shaer

1:00:21 | Oct 21st, 2015

Matthew Shaer is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and The Atavist Magazine. “I could not turn off the freelance switch in my head. I could not not be thinking about these different types of sto...Show More

Episode 162: John Seabrook

1:05:57 | Oct 14th, 2015

John Seabrook is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory. “Whether or not the piece succeeds or fails is not going to depend on whether I’m up to the minute on the latest social media spot to hang out or ...Show More

Episode 161: Karina Longworth

50:33 | Oct 7th, 2015

Karina Longworth is a film writer and the creator/host of You Must Remember This, a podcast exploring the secret stories of Hollywood. “For me the thing that’s exciting about it is that it’s research, and it’s reportage, and it’s criticism. But it’...Show More

Episode 160: Jessica Hopper

1:05:37 | Sep 30th, 2015

Jessica Hopper is editor-in-chief of the Pitchfork Review and the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. “I have an agenda. You can’t read my writing and not know that I have a staunch fucking agenda at all times...Show More

Episode 159: Ira Glass

1:10:01 | Sep 23rd, 2015

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, Fractur...Show More

Episode 158: Peter Hessler (live)

38:31 | Sep 16th, 2015

Peter Hessler is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “It may have helped that I didn’t have a lot of ideas about China. You know, it was sort of a blank slate in my mind. …I wasn’t a reporter when I went to Fuling, but I was thinking like a reporter ...Show More

Episode 157: Margo Jefferson

1:09:29 | Sep 9th, 2015

Margo Jefferson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Harper's. Her latest book is Negroland: A Memoir. “One of the problems with—burdens of—‘race conversations’ in this country is certain ideological, political...Show More

Episode 156: Renata Adler

1:22:23 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her latest collection of nonfiction is After the Tall Timber. “Unless you're going to be fairly definite, what's the point of writing?” Thanks to MailChimp, and Squarespace for sponsoring this wee...Show More

Episode 155: S.L. Price

51:15 | Aug 26th, 2015

S.L. Price is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. “The fact is, if you write about sports and people think they're just reading about sports, they'll read about drug use. They'll read about sex. They'll read about sex change. They'll read about c...Show More

Episode 154: William Finnegan

56:58 | Aug 19th, 2015

William Finnegan is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. “I suppose in retrospect I was just trying to find out what the world held that nobody could tell me about until I got there. I was a big reader and had ...Show More

Episode 153: Tim Ferriss

1:03:06 | Aug 12th, 2015

Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body. “If you have a fitness magazine, you can’t just write one issue, ‘Here are the rules!’ ... My job, conversely, is to make myself obsolete. The last thing I want to be is a g...Show More

Episode 152: Carol Loomis

1:00:27 | Aug 5th, 2015

Carol Loomis retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. She continues to edit Warren Buffett's annual report. “Writing itself makes you realize where there are holes in things. I’m never sure what I think until I see what I write. And so I belie...Show More

Bonus Episode: Noreen Malone

19:59 | Jul 31st, 2015

Noreen Malone wrote "Cosby: The Women — An Unwanted Sisterhood," this week's cover story in New York. “We interviewed them all separately, and that was what was so striking: they all kept saying the same thing, down to the details of what they say C...Show More

Episode 151: Ian Urbina

43:24 | Jul 29th, 2015

Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, just published "The Outlaw Ocean," a four-part series on crime in international waters. “It is a tribe. It has its norms, its language, and its jealousies. I approached it almost as a for...Show More

Episode 150: Margaret Sullivan

45:31 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times. “Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you, and you’ll have to leav...Show More

Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

1:01:14 | Jul 15th, 2015

Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie. "I just want our readers to know that they are already smart enough and cool enough." Thanks to our sponsor, TinyLetter. Show notes: @tavitulle Rookie [4:00] "T...Show More

Episode 149: Ross Andersen

48:13 | Jul 8th, 2015

Ross Andersen is the deputy editor of Aeon Magazine. “One of the things that’s been really refreshing in dealing with scientists—as opposed to say politicians or most business people—is that scientists are wonderfully candid, they’ll talk shit on th...Show More

Episode 148: Anna Holmes

1:00:12 | Jul 1st, 2015

Anna Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel, writes for The New York Times and is the editorial director of Fusion. “I think that Jezebel contributed to what I now call ‘outrage culture,’ but outrage culture has no sense of humor. We had a hell of a...Show More

Episode 147: James Verini

51:37 | Jun 24th, 2015

James Verini, a freelance writer based out of Nairobi, won the 2015 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. “That is probably the most alien, jarring thing about working in Africa: life is much cheaper. More to the point, death is very close to ...Show More

Episode 146: Rembert Browne

1:00:27 | Jun 17th, 2015

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 happ...Show More

Episode 145: Ashlee Vance

58:16 | Jun 10th, 2015

Ashlee Vance covers technology for Bloomberg Businessweek and is the author of of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. “To be totally clear, I don’t cover them (apps). I like people who try to solve big problems. Wherever ...Show More

Episode 144: Cheryl Strayed

1:43:41 | Jun 3rd, 2015

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 ...Show More

Episode 143: Masha Gessen

1:11:50 | May 27th, 2015

Masha Gessen has written for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and others. Her book about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, came out in April. “The moment she said it, it was ob...Show More

Episode 142: Sarah Maslin Nir

49:30 | May 20th, 2015

Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter for The New York Times, recently published an exposé of labor practices in the nail salons of New York. “The idea of a discount luxury is an oxymoron. And it’s an oxymoron for a reason: because someone is bearing the cos...Show More

Episode 141: Stephen J. Dubner

47:05 | May 13th, 2015

Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week. “I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this i...Show More

Episode 140: George Quraishi

53:13 | May 6th, 2015

George Quraishi is the co-founder and editor of Howler. “We raised $69,001. And that paid for the first issue. I call it subsistence magazine making, because every issue pays for the next one.” Thanks to TinyLetter, Squarespace, The Great Courses, ...Show More

Episode 139: Andy Greenwald

1:06:52 | Apr 29th, 2015

Andy Greenwald covers television for Grantland. “People are enthusiastic about TV. People want to read about it. They want to talk about it. They want to know more. They want to extend its presence in their lives. People used to talk about the water...Show More

Episode 138: Alexis Okeowo

59:21 | Apr 21st, 2015

Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek. “Nigeria is a deeply sexist country. It can be difficult for people to take you seriously. But that also has its benefits, because ...Show More

Episode 137: Rachel Syme

40:39 | Apr 15th, 2015

Rachel Syme has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Grantland, and more. “You have this sense that you’re bonding, but at the same time you're also going to betray them. Because if you hear this quote that they say or you see it in a man...Show More

Episode 136: Anna Sale

1:05:16 | Apr 8th, 2015

Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money. “It's the result of listening, of feeling listened to, that people open up. I look like a crazy person when I do interviews, because sometimes someone will be describing something and I will close my eyes...Show More

Episode 135: Scott Anderson

1:01:49 | Apr 1st, 2015

Scott Anderson is a war correspondent and novelist. He’s written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and more. “I really feel that what’s at the root of so many wars now, modern wars, unconventional wars, it really just comes dow...Show More

Episode 134: Dayna Tortorici

53:37 | Mar 25th, 2015

Dayna Tortorici is the editor of n+1. “You can't fetishize conflict so much. Because conflict does generate a lot of good work, but it also inhibits a lot of good work. I think people do their best work when they feel good. Or at least don't feel li...Show More

Episode 133: Adam Platt

58:05 | Mar 18th, 2015

Adam Platt is the restaurant critic for New York. “My job was described to me recently as ‘the last great job of the 20th century.’ I think there might be something to that.” Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda, Casper, and Wealthfront for sponsoring this ...Show More

Episode 132: Erik Larson

1:02:22 | Mar 10th, 2015

Erik Larson is the author of several books, including The Devil in the White City. His latest is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. "I realized then and there, that afternoon, the thing that was going to make this interesting was the jux...Show More

Episode 131: Josh Dean

1:06:25 | Mar 4th, 2015

Josh Dean has written for GQ, Fast Company, New York, and more. His latest piece, "The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang," was just published by The Atavist. “I sort of reject the whole idea of something being beneath me. There are obviously some...Show More

Episode 130: Mac McClelland

49:39 | Feb 25th, 2015

Mac McClelland has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and others. Her book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story came out this week. “I would just suddenly start sobbing, which is not something I usually do. I felt li...Show More

Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 2)

47:05 | Feb 19th, 2015

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 crash...Show More

Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 1)

1:08:27 | Feb 18th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Episode 128: Jack Shafer

56:02 | Feb 11th, 2015

Jack Shafer covers the media for Politico. “This is a true story, not a ‘Brian Williams story’: my first report card said ‘Jack is a very good student, but he has a tendency to start fights on the playground and bring them back into the classroom.’ ...Show More

Episode 127: Molly Crabapple

53:27 | Feb 4th, 2015

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer. She is a columnist for VICE and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and Vanity Fair. “As long as the marginalized communities I’m writing about don’t think I’m full of shit, that’s s...Show More

Episode 126: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

1:01:12 | Jan 28th, 2015

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and GQ. “My writing career was something that was always about to happen, just as soon as the baby falls asleep, just as soon as I finish watching this five-hour bout of A...Show More

Episode 125: Anand Gopal

1:04:29 | Jan 21st, 2015

Anand Gopal has written for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s and Foreign Policy. He’s the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. “When I got to the Taliban, I got out my notebook and tried to ...Show More

Episode 124: Alex Blumberg

1:02:19 | Jan 14th, 2015

Alex Blumberg is a former producer for This American Life and Planet Money. Last year he founded Gimlet Media, a podcast network, and hosts its first show, StartUp. “When someone starts talking about something difficult, when they get unexpectedly e...Show More

Episode 123: Nicholas Carlson

1:13:26 | Jan 7th, 2015

Nicholas Carlson writes for Business Insider. His book Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! came out this week. “To me people are what’s really interesting. Marissa Mayer is a once in a lifetime subject. She’s full of contradictions. … There a...Show More

Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

1:07:36 | Dec 31st, 2014

Dan P. Lee is a contributing writer at New York. "I don't believe in answers. That's what compels me to write all of these stories. None of them ends nicely, none of them ends neatly." Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode. ...Show More

Episode 67: Evan Wright

1:09:24 | Dec 24th, 2014

Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill. "When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the...Show More

Episode 122: Hanna Rosin

59:29 | Dec 17th, 2014

Hanna Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor at DoubleX. “I often think of reporting as dating, or even speed dating. You’re looking for someone where there’s a spark there between you and them. Sometimes that happens righ...Show More

Episode 121: Meghan Daum

49:47 | Dec 10th, 2014

Meghan Daum's latest book of essays is The Unspeakable. “As writers we think, well there has to be closure, there has to be a beginning middle end, the character has to go through a change. And then in life we're supposed to have some sort of arc or...Show More

Episode 120: Katie J.M. Baker

43:09 | Dec 3rd, 2014

Katie J.M. Baker is a reporter for BuzzFeed. “I went to Steubenville a year after the sexual assault to cover their first big football game of the season and I was face-to-face with these people who I had been writing about without knowing much abou...Show More

Episode 119: Alec Wilkinson

50:55 | Nov 26th, 2014

Alec Wilkinson is a staff writer for The New Yorker. “My hero was Joseph Mitchell, that was how you did reporting. There was nothing conniving about it or cunning — you just simply kept returning and kept returning.” Thanks to TinyLetter for sponso...Show More

Episode 118: Emma Carmichael

51:14 | Nov 19th, 2014

Emma Carmichael, a former editor at Deadspin and The Hairpin, is the editor in chief of Jezebel. "Online feminism has more and more rules lately. There are only so many things you can say. And while our opinions are getting more constrained online, ...Show More

Episode 117: Reihan Salam

1:10:22 | Nov 12th, 2014

Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review. "I’m incredibly curious about other people. I’m curious about what they think of as the constraints operating on their lives. Why do they think what they think? If I weren’t doing this job, I’...Show More

Episode 116: Jake Halpern

1:00:41 | Nov 5th, 2014

Jake Halpern, a contributor to This American Life, has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. His latest book is Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld. "I test out my stories on my kids. You should be able t...Show More

Episode 115: Jen Percy

45:00 | Oct 29th, 2014

Jen Percy is the author of Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism. "As is the nature of obsession, you just start gathering materials, hoarding documents and taking notes in a way that’s totally chaotic and overwhelming. You don’t even care yet because yo...Show More

Episode 114: Jessica Pressler

59:33 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Jessica Pressler writes for New York, Elle and GQ. "I really like hustlers, stories about someone who comes out of nowhere and tries to do it for themselves. Those people are just easy to like. Even when they're sort of terrible, they're easy to l...Show More

Episode 113: Wendy MacNaughton

1:00:05 | Oct 15th, 2014

Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist and the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them. "We mostly hear stories from big personalities who already have a spotlight on them. I think that everybody carries stories that are jus...Show More

Episode 112: Don Van Natta Jr.

1:07:47 | Oct 8th, 2014

Don Van Natta Jr., a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, writes for ESPN and is the author of several books, including Wonder Girl. "The nature of the kind of work I do as an investigative reporter, every story you do is going to get attacked and th...Show More

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

45:31 | Oct 8th, 2014

Today we are re-airing our February 2013 interivew with our friend Matt Power, who died earlier this year while on assignment in Uganda, to help raise money for Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. We have also reprinted Matt's classic 2005 artic...Show More

Episode 111: Anne Helen Petersen

1:06:37 | Oct 1st, 2014

Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week. "I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the very first issue and I obsessively catalogued it. I made a database on my Apple IIe where I put in...Show More

Episode 110: Chris Hayes

1:04:15 | Sep 24th, 2014

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 ...Show More

Episode 109: Buzz Bissinger

1:40:48 | Sep 16th, 2014

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 a...Show More

Episode 108: Sean Wilsey

54:22 | Sep 10th, 2014

Sean Wilsey has written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s Quarterly, where he is an editor-at-large. His latest book is More Curious. "I’m actually apparently a fairly competent person at getting thi...Show More

Episode 107: Emily Bazelon

1:00:31 | Sep 3rd, 2014

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 t...Show More

Episode 106: Zach Baron

1:04:08 | Aug 27th, 2014

Zach Baron is a staff writer for GQ. "People love to put celebrity stuff or culture stuff lower on the hierarchy than, say, a serial killer story. I think they're all the same story. If you crack the human, you crack the human." Thanks to TinyL...Show More

Episode 105: Ben Anderson

1:01:07 | Aug 20th, 2014

Ben Anderson is a war journalist and documentary filmmaker. His latest book, The Interpreters, is available free from Vice. "You're surrounded by people who are so poor. Maybe their family members have already been killed. And they still can't lea...Show More

Episode 104: Lewis Lapham

49:37 | Aug 13th, 2014

Lewis Lapham, formerly the editor of Harper's, is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly. "The best part of my job was to come across a manuscript. You never knew what would show up. ... I always had the sense of opening a present, hoping to be both de...Show More

Episode 103: Adam Higginbotham

54:38 | Aug 6th, 2014

Adam Higginbotham has written for Businessweek, Wired and The New Yorker. His latest story is A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, for The Atavist. "There's always a narrative in a crime story. Something has always gone wrong. These guys are always in p...Show More

Episode 102: Brin-Jonathan Butler

53:30 | Jul 30th, 2014

Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for SB Nation, ESPN, and The New York Times. His new book is A Cuban Boxer’s Journey. "He smiled at me and just to make small talk, I said, 'You know, you’ve got this gold grill on your teeth. Where did you get tha...Show More

Episode 101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

54:31 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah has written for The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Transition and The Paris Review. "If He Hollers Let Him Go," her essay on Dave Chappelle, was a 2014 National Magazine Award finalist. "So the stakes are high. I’m not jus...Show More

The 100th Episode

1:18:53 | Jul 16th, 2014

A look back at some of our favorite moments from the first 99. Thanks to our sponsors, TinyLetter and Squarespace. Show Notes: [4:45] #3: David Grann [7:00] #4: Jon Mooallem [10:10] #7: Ta-Nehisi Coates [14:15] #9: Jeanne Marie Laskas [12:...Show More

Episode 99: John Heilemann

1:08:47 | Jul 9th, 2014

John Heilemann is the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and the co-author of Game Change and Double Down. "If you're a writer, and you're not an asshole, you want the maximum number of people to read your stuff. There's nothing wrong with that...Show More

Episode 75: George Saunders

1:04:03 | Jul 2nd, 2014

George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December. "Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I'll find human beings, I'll find human interest, I'll find liter...Show More

Episode 98: Sarah Nicole Prickett

45:08 | Jun 25th, 2014

Sarah Nicole Prickett is the founding editor of Adult. "I'll admit to being resistant to the 'by women for women' label that Adult had before because I saw it as being just 'by women,' period. That’s way more feminist than making something for wom...Show More

Episode 97: Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:03:31 | Jun 18th, 2014

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, t...Show More

Episode 96: Nathaniel Rich

57:36 | Jun 11th, 2014

Nathaniel Rich writes for Rolling Stone, Harper's and the New York Times Magazine. His latest novel is Odds Against Tomorrow. "I'm drawn to obsession. I think I'm an obsessive in a way, probably most writers are. It's an obsessive act to sit at a ...Show More

Episode 95: Wesley Morris

1:15:19 | Jun 4th, 2014

Wesley Morris, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers film at Grantland. "That's what writing about race and popular culture is for me: it's crime reporting. It's not me looking for an agenda when I go to the movies ... but I feel a moral responsibility to...Show More

Episode 94: Gary Smith

55:21 | May 28th, 2014

Gary Smith retired last month after more than 30 years of writing for Sports Illustrated. "We were on the Santa Monica Freeway, Ali's driving 70 miles an hour and his eyes are drifting asleep—the medication for Parkinson's would do that to him. I'...Show More

Episode 93: Michael Paterniti

1:02:35 | May 21st, 2014

Michael Paterniti, a correspondent for GQ, has also written for Esquire, Rolling Stone and Outside. His latest book is The Telling Room. "I want to see it, whatever it is. If it's war, if it's suffering, if it's complete, unbridled elation, I just w...Show More

Episode 92: Leslie Jamison

54:07 | May 14th, 2014

Leslie Jamison has written for The Believer, Harper's and The New York Times. Her latest book is The Empathy Exams. "I sort of love imagining a small army of 22-year-old men who are just like, 'Fuck that book, I wish it was never published.'" Thank...Show More

Episode 91: Michael Lewis

34:43 | May 7th, 2014

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 pla...Show More

Episode 90: Susan Dominus

59:56 | Apr 30th, 2014

Susan Dominus is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. "A lot of reporting is really just hanging around and not going home until something interesting happens." Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode. Show notes: ...Show More

Episode 89: Alice Gregory

58:32 | Apr 23rd, 2014

Alice Gregory has written for n+1, GQ, The New York Times and Harper's. "If you don't have a real story with a beginning, middle and an end, you owe it to the reader to kind of serve as their chaperone." Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA ...Show More

Episode 88: Sam Biddle

53:42 | Apr 16th, 2014

Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag. "It's a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. Considering Silicon Valley worthy of contempt is the first premise that we work from." Thanks to TinyLetter...Show More

Episode 87: Amanda Hess

51:32 | Apr 9th, 2014

Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate, has also written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, and ESPN the Magazine. "I ended up not loving the fact that I was getting a bunch of calls from MSNBC and CNN, who mostly wanted to talk about people threatening to...Show More

Episode 86: Mattathias Schwartz

55:07 | Apr 2nd, 2014

Mattathias Schwartz has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper's. "I figure it's like digging through a wall with a spoon: if you spend enough time at it eventually you get to the other side." Thanks to TinyLetter an...Show More

Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

1:02:53 | Mar 26th, 2014

Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie. "I just want our readers to know that they are already smart enough and cool enough." Thanks to this week's sponsors, TinyLetter and Atavist Books. Show notes: @tavitulle Rookie th...Show More

Episode 84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

1:09:00 | Mar 19th, 2014

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.  "I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that resul...Show More

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

45:11 | Mar 13th, 2014

"The kind of stories I've gotten to do have involved fulfilling my childhood fantasies of having an adventurous life. Even though I don't make a ton of money doing it, I've never felt like I was missing out on something." Our friend Matt Power, a fr...Show More

Episode 83, Part 2: Lawrence Wright, Live from Austin

35:28 | Mar 12th, 2014

Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear, is a staff writer for The New Yorker. "If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner — should I stab him with th...Show More

Episode 83, Part 1: Pamela Colloff & Mimi Swartz, Live from Austin

43:13 | Mar 12th, 2014

Pamela Colloff and Mimi Swartz are executive editors of Texas Monthly. Colloff: "That sense of loss, that sense of normal life turning on a dime is something that, in a very different way, I’ve experienced. And I carry that with me into some of th...Show More

Episode 82: Jennifer Senior

59:35 | Mar 5th, 2014

Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York and the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. "I've had moments in motherhood that have been close to something like religious. But I don't think social scientists say ...Show More

Episode 81: Kevin Roose

56:06 | Feb 26th, 2014

Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits. "Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is al...Show More

Episode 80: Wil S. Hylton

53:12 | Feb 18th, 2014

Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Vanished. "I despise the fucking nut graf. I think it's a joke, a cop out. The story probably should be about something larger than itself but if you have to te...Show More

Episode 79: David Kushner

1:02:46 | Feb 12th, 2014

David Kushner, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and The Atavist. "The minute you see an incredible character, you know. The only thing I can compare it to is bowling, not that I'm much of a...Show More

Episode 78: Ariel Levy

52:33 | Feb 5th, 2014

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...Show More

Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

1:07:15 | Jan 29th, 2014

Dan P. Lee is a contributing writer at New York. "I don't believe in answers. That's what compels me to write all of these stories. None of them ends nicely, none of them ends neatly." Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode. ...Show More

Episode 76: Roger D. Hodge

55:23 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Roger D. Hodge is the editor of Oxford American. "My career isn't all that interesting insofar as I've been an editor. I'm much more interested in talking about writers and stories. That's the main thing: telling these stories, creating this platf...Show More

Episode 75: George Saunders

0:00 | Jan 15th, 2014

George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December. "Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I'll find human beings, I'll find human interest, I'll find liter...Show More

Episode 74: Jon Mooallem

52:20 | Jan 8th, 2014

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Wild Ones and American Hippopotamus, the latest story from The Atavist. "I'm terrible at writing nut graphs. I never know why people should keep reading. That’s t...Show More

Episode 73: Joe Sexton

1:04:05 | Dec 19th, 2013

Joe Sexton is a senior editor at ProPublica and a former reporter and editor at the New York Times, where he led the team that produced "Snow Fall." "My experience in a newspaper newsroom over the years has been: The word you hear least often, the...Show More

Episode 72: Andrew Leland

55:52 | Dec 11th, 2013

Andrew Leland is an editor at The Believer and hosts The Organist. "I think a good editor has a strong stomach for crazy assholes. Because often crazy assholes are really brilliant great writers." Thanks to TinyLetter and Squarespace for sponso...Show More

Episode 71: Jason Fagone

54:52 | Dec 4th, 2013

Jason Fagone, a contributing editor at Wired and a writer-at-large for Philadelphia, is the author of Ingenious. "It seemed like all the big guys in American society had let us down, all the elites. And here was a contest that was explicitly looki...Show More

Episode 70: Amy Wallace

52:50 | Nov 27th, 2013

Amy Wallace is an editor-at-large for Los Angeles and a correspondent for GQ . "I've written about the anti-vaccine movement. I love true crime. I've written a lot of murder stories. The thing that unites all of them—whether it's a celebrity profi...Show More

Episode 69: Rachel Aviv

49:41 | Nov 20th, 2013

Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker. "If I'm writing about the criminal justice system, I wish I were a lawyer. If I'm writing about psychiatry, I wish I were a psychiatrist. I have often filled out half my application to get a Ph.D in...Show More

Episode 68: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

0:00 | Nov 13th, 2013

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery are the co-editors of Mother Jones. "We probably pay more attention to our fact-checking and our research than almost everybody in our industry. By the time we publish stuff, we make sure it's unimpeachable becau...Show More

Episode 67: Evan Wright

1:09:02 | Nov 6th, 2013

Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill. "When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the...Show More

Episode 66: Andy Ward

57:34 | Oct 30th, 2013

Andy Ward, a former editor at Esquire and GQ, is the editorial director of nonfiction at Random House. "How you gain that trust is a hard thing to quantify. The way I try do it is by caring. If you don't care about every word and every sentence in...Show More

Episode 65: Elizabeth Wurtzel

58:32 | Oct 23rd, 2013

Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of four books, including Prozac Nation. "It's not that hard to be a lawyer. Any fool can be a lawyer. It's really hard to be a writer. You have to be born with incredible amounts of talent. Then you have to work har...Show More

Episode 64: Gay Talese

1:20:46 | Oct 17th, 2013

Gay Talese, who wrote for Esquire in the 1960s and currently contributes to The New Yorker, is the author of several books. His latest is A Writer's Life. "I want to know how people did what they did. And I want to know how that compares with how ...Show More

Episode 63: Jon Ronson

58:14 | Oct 9th, 2013

Jon Ronson, a contributor to This American Life, The Guardian and GQ, is the author of six books, including The Men Who Stare at Goats. His latest is Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. "The older you get, you realize that no uncomfortable fact...Show More

Episode 62: Malcolm Gladwell

57:41 | Oct 1st, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. "The categories are in motion. You turn into a Goliath, then you topple because of your bigness. You fa...Show More

Episode 61: Cord Jefferson

48:39 | Sep 25th, 2013

Cord Jefferson is the West Coast Editor at Gawker. "I consider myself to be a sincere human being. And I think that the way the internet carries itself, the way the internet has dialogues, is often insincere. That concerns me. I don't ever want to...Show More

Episode 60: Hamilton Morris

1:01:16 | Sep 18th, 2013

Hamilton Morris is the science editor for Vice and a contributor to Harper's. "It's a shame that there isn't more of an interdisciplinary approach to a lot of scientific investigations, because often the result is that misinformation is produced. ...Show More

Episode 59: Nancy Jo Sales

1:03:53 | Sep 11th, 2013

Nancy Jo Sales writes for Vanity Fair and is the author of The Bling Ring. "I'm a mom now, so my life's a little different. I can't do certain things that I used to do, and I won't, because they're dangerous or ridiculous or keep me out till five ...Show More

Episode 58: Sarah Stillman

53:23 | Sep 4th, 2013

Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker. "People don't really care about issues so much as they care about the stories and the characters that bring those issues to life. ... A story needs an engine or something to propel you forward a...Show More

Episode 57: Eli Saslow

1:02:39 | Aug 28th, 2013

Eli Saslow is a staff writer at the Washington Post and a contributor at ESPN the Magazine. It's not really my place to complain about it being hard for me to write. I wrote the story ("After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonel...Show More

Episode 56: Joshuah Bearman

49:28 | Aug 21st, 2013

Joshuah Bearman is the co-founder of Epic Magazine and a freelance writer. His latest story is "Coronado High." "People who know me well will realize that parts of this story are actually about me. … It's about loss of innocence and getting to a c...Show More

Episode 55: Amy Harmon

55:23 | Aug 14th, 2013

Amy Harmon, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers science and society for the New York Times. "I'm not looking to expose science as problematic and I'm not looking to celebrate it. But it can be double edged. Genetic knowledge can certainly be double ed...Show More

Episode 54: Sean Flynn

52:00 | Aug 7th, 2013

Sean Flynn is a GQ correspondent and National Magazine Award winner. "I find it satisfying to be able to give a voice to people that sort of get lost…You know, when these big horrible things happen, and the spotlight is very briefly on them, and the...Show More

Episode 53: Janet Reitman

37:24 | Aug 2nd, 2013

For the first time, Janet Reitman discusses her Rolling Stone cover story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. "My editors, myself, a lot of people who work for the magazine — we lived through an act of terrorism. We know what it fee...Show More

Episode 52: Kelley Benham

50:01 | Jul 31st, 2013

Kelley Benham is a writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. "People connect with this story in a really visceral kind of way, usually because of some experience they've had or someone close to them has had. I've had 90-year-old women crying into ...Show More

Episode 51: Robert Kolker

50:56 | Jul 24th, 2013

Robert Kolker is the author of Lost Girls and a contributing editor at New York. "For better or for worse, my heart's not in the mystery. I want [the killer] to be caught—he's obviously a predator and he's unstable. But they all are. They're all mes...Show More

Episode 50: Edith Zimmerman

43:06 | Jul 17th, 2013

Edith Zimmerman is the founding editor of The Hairpin and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. "I never wrote anything myself or ran anything from other people that was needlessly negative. It wasn't some false grin plastered all ov...Show More

Episode 49: Brendan I. Koerner

50:41 | Jul 10th, 2013

Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of The Skies Belong to Us. "It was this big review in The New York Times and I was terrified that it was going to say something awful about the book or about me as a writer. And my ...Show More