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Episode 43: Margalit Fox

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Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times and the author of The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code.

"You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you're not supposed to. But as a human being, how can you not? Particularly people who had difficult, tragic, poignant lives. But there are also people that you just wish you had known. And, of course, the painful irony is that you're only getting to know them by virtue of the fact that it's too late."

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February 22nd, 2017

57:37

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 …

Episode 232: Ana Marie Cox

February 15th, 2017

51:11

Ana Marie Cox is the senior political correspondent for MTV News, conducts the “Talk” interviews in The New York Times Magazine, and founded Wonkette.

Episode 231: Brooke Gladstone

February 8th, 2017

46:22

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 …

Episode 230: Ezra Edelman

February 1st, 2017

1:02:56

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 …

Episode 229: Alexey Kovalev

January 25th, 2017

29:32

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 …

Episode 228: Jeff Sharlet

January 18th, 2017

54:39

Jeff Sharlet writes about politics and religion for Esquire, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and more.

“I like the stories with difficult people. I …

Episode 227: Jace Clayton

January 11th, 2017

47:01

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.

Episode 226: Terry Gross

January 4th, 2017

1:21:57

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 …

Episode 225: Ta-Nehisi Coates

December 21st, 2016

1:00:56

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 …

Episode 224: Hua Hsu

December 14th, 2016

37:41

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 …

Episode 223: Carl Zimmer

December 7th, 2016

54:28

Carl Zimmer, a columnist for the New York Times and a national correspondent at STAT, writes about science.

“[Criticism] doesn’t change the truth. …

Episode 222: Wesley Lowery

November 30th, 2016

47:17

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 …

Episode 221: Adam Moss

November 23rd, 2016

59:28

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 …

Episode 220: Kyle Chayka

November 16th, 2016

37:51

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 …

Episode 219: Susan Casey

November 11th, 2016

43:55

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 …

Episode 218: Wesley Morris

November 2nd, 2016

1:00:22

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 …

Episode 217: Doreen St. Félix

October 26th, 2016

1:02:26

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 …

Episode 216: Emily Witt

October 19th, 2016

54:32

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 …

Episode 215: Krista Tippett

October 12th, 2016

55:38

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 …

Episode 214: Luke Dittrich

October 5th, 2016

56:08

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 …

Episode 213: A.J. Daulerio

September 28th, 2016

1:02:16

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],

Episode 212: Julia Turner

September 21st, 2016

1:03:32

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 …

Episode 211: Naomi Zeichner

September 14th, 2016

46:31

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 …

Episode 210: Ben Taub

September 7th, 2016

1:16:55

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 …

Episode 209: Sarah Schweitzer

August 31st, 2016

45:51

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 …

Episode 208: Rachel Monroe

August 24th, 2016

51:42

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 …

Episode 206: Gabriel Sherman

August 17th, 2016

55:56

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.

Special 'Love and Ruin' Reissue: Jon Mooallem

August 12th, 2016

52:08

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

August 10th, 2016

1:05:46

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 …

Episode 204: Malcolm Gladwell

August 3rd, 2016

51:04

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 …

Episode 203: Ellis Jones

July 27th, 2016

32:38

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 …

Episode 202: David Remnick

July 20th, 2016

1:05:40

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 …

Episode 201: T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

July 13th, 2016

52:43
  1. Christian Miller, senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, staff writer at The Marshall Project, co-wrote the …

Episode 200: Jack Hitt

July 6th, 2016

57:54

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 …

Episode 199: Kathryn Schulz

June 29th, 2016

59:37

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 …

Bonus Episode: Shane Bauer

June 27th, 2016

47:59

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 …

Episode 198: Frank Rich

June 22nd, 2016

46:27

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 …

Bonus Episode: Louisa Thomas and Evan Thomas

June 19th, 2016

57:47

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 …

Episode 197: Nikole Hannah-Jones

June 15th, 2016

48:44

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 …

Episode 196: Jon Favreau

June 8th, 2016

1:06:12

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 …

Episode 195: Leah Finnegan

June 1st, 2016

52:00

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 …

Episode 194: Pablo S. Torre

May 25th, 2016

57:24

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 …

Episode 193: Robin Marantz Henig

May 18th, 2016

56:50

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 …

Episode 192: Seymour Hersh

May 11th, 2016

40:39

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.

“The government had denied everything we …

Episode 191: Kelly McEvers

May 4th, 2016

56:51

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 …

Bonus Episode: Evan Ratliff

April 29th, 2016

46:07

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 …

Episode 190: Susie Cagle

April 27th, 2016

41:23

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 …

Episode 189: Maciej Ceglowski

April 20th, 2016

59:54

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 …

Episode 188: Nate Silver

April 13th, 2016

54:37

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 …

Episode 187: Elizabeth Gilbert

April 6th, 2016

1:17:05

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 …

Episode 186: Gabriel Synder

March 30th, 2016

45:00

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 …

Episode 185: Ben Smith

March 23rd, 2016

58:34

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. …

Episode 184: Daniel Alarcón

March 16th, 2016

1:00:00

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 …

Episode 183: Jia Tolentino

March 9th, 2016

1:01:23

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 …

Episode 182: Heather Havrilesky

March 2nd, 2016

1:00:19

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 …

Episode 181: Wesley Yang

February 24th, 2016

53:27

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 …

Episode 180: Mishka Shubaly

February 17th, 2016

50:37

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 …

Episode 179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

February 10th, 2016

1:15:33

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 …

Episode 178: Michael J. Mooney

February 3rd, 2016

58:40

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 …

Episode 177: Alex Perry

January 27th, 2016

57:44

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 …

Episode 176: Grant Wahl

January 20th, 2016

51:26

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 …

Episode 175: Brooke Gladstone

January 13th, 2016

1:03:31

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 …

Episode 174: Venkatesh Rao

January 5th, 2016

54:29

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 …

Episode 173: Doug McGray

December 23rd, 2015

59:54

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. …

Episode 172: Kliph Nesteroff

December 16th, 2015

1:02:51

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 …

Episode 171: Adrian Chen

December 9th, 2015

49:03

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,"

Episode 170: Aleksandar Hemon at the Miami Book Fair

December 4th, 2015

34:38

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 …

Episode 169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair

December 2nd, 2015

37:42

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 …

Episode 168: Ta-Nehisi Coates

November 25th, 2015

1:06:40

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 …

Episode 167: Kurt Andersen

November 18th, 2015

1:00:49

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 …

Episode 166: Ed Caesar

November 11th, 2015

48:48

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 …

Episode 165: Jazmine Hughes

November 4th, 2015

46:19

Jazmine Hughes is an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, ElleCosmopolitan, and The New …

Episode 164: Lena Dunham

October 28th, 2015

25:26

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 …

Episode 163: Matthew Shaer

October 21st, 2015

1:00:20

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 …

Episode 162: John Seabrook

October 14th, 2015

1:05:56

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 …

Episode 161: Karina Longworth

October 7th, 2015

50:32

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 …

Episode 160: Jessica Hopper

September 30th, 2015

1:05:36

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 …

Episode 159: Ira Glass

September 23rd, 2015

1:10:00

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

Episode 158: Peter Hessler (live)

September 16th, 2015

38:30

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 …

Episode 157: Margo Jefferson

September 9th, 2015

1:09:28

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 …

Episode 156: Renata Adler

September 2nd, 2015

1:22:22

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 …

Episode 155: S.L. Price

August 26th, 2015

51:19

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 …

Episode 154: William Finnegan

August 19th, 2015

56:57

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 …

Episode 153: Tim Ferriss

August 12th, 2015

1:03:05

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 …

Episode 152: Carol Loomis

August 5th, 2015

1:00:26

Carol Loomis retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. She continues to edit Warren Buffett's annual report.

“Writing itself makes you realize …

Bonus Episode: Noreen Malone

July 31st, 2015

19:58

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 …

Episode 151: Ian Urbina

July 29th, 2015

43:23

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. …

Episode 150: Margaret Sullivan

July 22nd, 2015

45:30

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 …

Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

July 15th, 2015

1:01:13

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."

Episode 149: Ross Andersen

July 8th, 2015

48:12

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 …

Episode 148: Anna Holmes

July 1st, 2015

1:00:11

Anna Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel, writes for The New York Times and is the editorial director of Fusion.

“I think that …

Episode 147: James Verini

June 24th, 2015

51:36

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 …

Episode 146: Rembert Browne

June 17th, 2015

1:00:26

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 …

Episode 145: Ashlee Vance

June 10th, 2015

58:15

Ashlee Vance covers technology for Bloomberg Businessweek and is the author of of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

Episode 144: Cheryl Strayed

June 3rd, 2015

1:43:40

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 …

Episode 143: Masha Gessen

May 27th, 2015

1:11:49

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.

Episode 142: Sarah Maslin Nir

May 20th, 2015

49:29

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: …

Episode 141: Stephen J. Dubner

May 13th, 2015

47:04

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 …

Episode 140: George Quraishi

May 6th, 2015

53:12

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,

Episode 139: Andy Greenwald

April 29th, 2015

1:06:51

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. …

Episode 138: Alexis Okeowo

April 21st, 2015

59:20

Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek.

“Nigeria is a deeply sexist …

Episode 137: Rachel Syme

April 15th, 2015

40:38

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 …

Episode 136: Anna Sale

April 8th, 2015

1:05:15

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 …

Episode 135: Scott Anderson

April 1st, 2015

1:01:48

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 …

Episode 134: Dayna Tortorici

March 25th, 2015

53:36

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 …

Episode 133: Adam Platt

March 18th, 2015

58:04

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

Episode 132: Erik Larson

March 10th, 2015

1:02:21

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 …

Episode 131: Josh Dean

March 4th, 2015

1:06:24

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

Episode 130: Mac McClelland

February 25th, 2015

49:38

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 …

Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 2)

February 19th, 2015

47:04

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 …

Episode 129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 1)

February 18th, 2015

1:08:26

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 …

Episode 128: Jack Shafer

February 11th, 2015

56:01

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 …

Episode 127: Molly Crabapple

February 4th, 2015

53:26

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

Episode 126: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

January 28th, 2015

1:01:11

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 …

Episode 125: Anand Gopal

January 21st, 2015

1:04:28

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 …

Episode 124: Alex Blumberg

January 14th, 2015

1:02:18

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 …

Episode 123: Nicholas Carlson

January 7th, 2015

1:13:25

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 …

Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

December 31st, 2014

1:07:35

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 …

Episode 67: Evan Wright

December 24th, 2014

1:09:23

Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill.

"When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized …

Episode 122: Hanna Rosin

December 17th, 2014

59:28

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 …

Episode 121: Meghan Daum

December 10th, 2014

49:46

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 …

Episode 120: Katie J.M. Baker

December 3rd, 2014

43:08

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 …

Episode 119: Alec Wilkinson

November 26th, 2014

50:54

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.”

Episode 118: Emma Carmichael

November 19th, 2014

51:13

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. …

Episode 117: Reihan Salam

November 12th, 2014

1:10:21

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? …

Episode 116: Jake Halpern

November 5th, 2014

1:00:40

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 …

Episode 115: Jen Percy

October 29th, 2014

44:59

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 …

Episode 114: Jessica Pressler

October 22nd, 2014

59:32

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 …

Episode 113: Wendy MacNaughton

October 15th, 2014

1:00:04

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 …

Episode 112: Don Van Natta Jr.

October 8th, 2014

1:07:46

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 …

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

October 8th, 2014

45:30

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 …

Episode 111: Anne Helen Petersen

October 1st, 2014

1:06:36

Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week.

"I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the …

Episode 110: Chris Hayes

September 24th, 2014

1:04:14

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 …

Episode 109: Buzz Bissinger

September 16th, 2014

1:40:47

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, …

Episode 108: Sean Wilsey

September 10th, 2014

54:21

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 …

Episode 107: Emily Bazelon

September 3rd, 2014

1:00:30

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, …

Episode 106: Zach Baron

August 27th, 2014

1:04:07

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 …

Episode 105: Ben Anderson

August 20th, 2014

1:01:06

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 …

Episode 104: Lewis Lapham

August 13th, 2014

49:36

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 …

Episode 103: Adam Higginbotham

August 6th, 2014

54:37

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 …

Episode 102: Brin-Jonathan Butler

July 30th, 2014

53:29

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 …

Episode 101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

July 23rd, 2014

54:30

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 …

The 100th Episode

July 16th, 2014

1:18:52

A look back at some of our favorite moments from the first 99.

Thanks to our sponsors, TinyLetter and Squarespace.

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Episode 99: John Heilemann

July 9th, 2014

1:08:46

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 …

Episode 75: George Saunders

July 2nd, 2014

1:04:02

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 …

Episode 98: Sarah Nicole Prickett

June 25th, 2014

45:07

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 …

Episode 97: Ta-Nehisi Coates

June 18th, 2014

1:03:30

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

Episode 96: Nathaniel Rich

June 11th, 2014

57:35

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 …

Episode 95: Wesley Morris

June 4th, 2014

1:15:18

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 …

Episode 94: Gary Smith

May 28th, 2014

55:20

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 …

Episode 93: Michael Paterniti

May 21st, 2014

1:02:34

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 …

Episode 92: Leslie Jamison

May 14th, 2014

54:06

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 …

Episode 91: Michael Lewis

May 7th, 2014

34:42

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 …

Episode 90: Susan Dominus

April 30th, 2014

59:55

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 …

Episode 89: Alice Gregory

April 23rd, 2014

58:31

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

Episode 88: Sam Biddle

April 16th, 2014

53:41

Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag.

"It's a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. …

Episode 87: Amanda Hess

April 9th, 2014

51:31

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 …

Episode 86: Mattathias Schwartz

April 2nd, 2014

55:06

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 …

Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

March 26th, 2014

1:02:52

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."

Episode 84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

March 19th, 2014

1:08:59

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF

"I think that people are, by their …

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

March 13th, 2014

45:10

"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 …

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

March 12th, 2014

35:27

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 …

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

March 12th, 2014

43:12

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 …

Episode 82: Jennifer Senior

March 5th, 2014

59:34

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 …

Episode 81: Kevin Roose

February 26th, 2014

56:05

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 …

Episode 80: Wil S. Hylton

February 18th, 2014

53:11

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 …

Episode 79: David Kushner

February 12th, 2014

1:02:45

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 …

Episode 78: Ariel Levy

February 5th, 2014

52:32

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 …

Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

January 29th, 2014

1:07:14

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 …

Episode 76: Roger D. Hodge

January 22nd, 2014

55:22

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 …

Episode 75: George Saunders

January 15th, 2014

1:03:10

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 …

Episode 74: Jon Mooallem

January 8th, 2014

52:20

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 …

Episode 73: Joe Sexton

December 19th, 2013

1:04:04

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 …

Episode 72: Andrew Leland

December 11th, 2013

55:51

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 …

Episode 71: Jason Fagone

December 4th, 2013

54:51

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 …

Episode 70: Amy Wallace

November 27th, 2013

52:49

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 …

Episode 69: Rachel Aviv

November 20th, 2013

49:40

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 …

Episode 68: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

November 13th, 2013

59:54

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 …

Episode 67: Evan Wright

November 6th, 2013

1:09:01

Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill.

"When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized …

Episode 66: Andy Ward

October 30th, 2013

57:33

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 …

Episode 65: Elizabeth Wurtzel

October 23rd, 2013

58:31

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 …

Episode 64: Gay Talese

October 17th, 2013

1:20:45

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 …

Episode 63: Jon Ronson

October 9th, 2013

58:13

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

Episode 62: Malcolm Gladwell

October 1st, 2013

57:40

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 …

Episode 61: Cord Jefferson

September 25th, 2013

48:38

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 …

Episode 60: Hamilton Morris

September 18th, 2013

1:01:15

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 …

Episode 59: Nancy Jo Sales

September 11th, 2013

1:03:52

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 …

Episode 58: Sarah Stillman

September 4th, 2013

53:22

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 …

Episode 57: Eli Saslow

August 28th, 2013

1:02:38

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 …

Episode 56: Joshuah Bearman

August 21st, 2013

49:27

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 …

Episode 55: Amy Harmon

August 14th, 2013

55:22

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 …

Episode 54: Sean Flynn

August 7th, 2013

51:59

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 …

Episode 53: Janet Reitman

August 2nd, 2013

37:23

For the first time, Janet Reitman discusses her Rolling Stone cover story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"My editors, myself, …

Episode 52: Kelley Benham

July 31st, 2013

50:00

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 …

Episode 51: Robert Kolker

July 24th, 2013

50:55

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 …

Episode 50: Edith Zimmerman

July 17th, 2013

43:05

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 …

Episode 49: Brendan I. Koerner

July 10th, 2013

50:40

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 …

Episode 48: Evan Ratliff

June 28th, 2013

23:40

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses "The Oilman's Daughter," his new story in The Atavist.

"This woman was given the opportunity to take on a new identity. And it was a mistake. She never …

Episode 47: Steve Kandell

June 26th, 2013

45:14

Steve Kandell is the longfom editor at BuzzFeed.

"What would be the sort of longer, narrative nonfiction, journalistic equivalent of something that …

Episode 46: Nicholas Schmidle

June 19th, 2013

51:23

Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"I was in a taxi, leaving Karachi to go attend this festival, and we started getting these …

Episode 45: Chris Heath

June 12th, 2013

44:43

Chris Heath, winner of the 2013 National Magazine Award for Reporting, is a staff writer at GQ.

"I present myself as someone who is going to be rigorous and honest. And if you can engage in the way I'm asking you to …

Episode 44: Jonathan Abrams

June 5th, 2013

41:37

Abrams covers the NBA for Grantland.

"Players know that with the stories I do I'm not trying to burn anybody. I'm trying to tell a story for what it's worth and be honest to that person… That's one of my main goals, …

Episode 42: Mat Honan

May 22nd, 2013

41:08

Mat Honan is a senior writer at Wired.

"[The tech] industry — especially as it relates to a lot the silly apps and the silly websites and the silly …

Episode 41: Jonathan Shainin

May 15th, 2013

50:45

Jonathan Shainin, senior editor at The Caravan.

 

"Working in an environment that's foreign, where you have to kind of think through a lot of …

Episode 40: Vanessa Grigoriadis

May 8th, 2013

47:36

Vanessa Grigoriadis, contributing editor at New York and Vanity Fair.

On the art of the celebrity interview: "People are smart. Particularly these …

Episode 38: Ted Conover

April 24th, 2013

49:49

Ted Conover, author of five books and the recent Harper's article "The Way of All Flesh."

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Episode 37: Ann Friedman

April 16th, 2013

48:45

Ann Friedman, writer, editor and co-founder of Tomorrow.

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Episode 36: Patrick Symmes

April 10th, 2013

59:27

Patrick Symmes, foreign correspondent and contributor to Outside and Harper's

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Episode 35: Jay Caspian Kang

April 3rd, 2013

48:00

Jay Caspian Kang, writer and editor at Grantland.

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Episode 34: Molly Young

March 27th, 2013

39:40

Molly Young, freelance writer for GQ and New York.

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Episode 33: Rolf Potts

March 20th, 2013

44:30

Rolf Potts, travel writer.

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Episode 30: Keith Gessen

February 27th, 2013

47:28

Keith Gessen, founding editor of n+1 and contributor to The New Yorker.

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Episode 29: Matthew Power

February 20th, 2013

44:27

Matthew Power, freelance writer and contributing editor at Harper's.

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Episode 26: Jennifer Gonnerman

January 30th, 2013

50:33

Jennifer Gonnerman, contributing editor at New York and contributing writer for Mother Jones.

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Episode 24: Stephen Rodrick

January 18th, 2013

23:29

A special episode with Stephen Rodrick, contritbuting writer at the New York Times Magazine and contributing editor at Men's Journal, to discuss his recent story "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your …

Episode 23: Starlee Kine

January 16th, 2013

44:45

Starlee Kine, contributor to This American Life and the New York Times Magazine.

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Episode 22: Charles Duhigg

January 9th, 2013

44:53

Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter and author of The Power of Habit.

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Episode 21: Eli Sanders

December 19th, 2012

34:40

Eli Sanders, associate editor at The Stranger and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

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Episode 19: Choire Sicha

December 5th, 2012

37:39

Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.

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Episode 18: Mike Sager

November 28th, 2012

40:04

Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group, interviewed by Max Linsky. 

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Episode 17: Joshua Davis

November 20th, 2012

36:31

Joshua Davis, contributing editor at Wired and author of the new ebook John McAfee's Last Stand, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.

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Episode 16: Pamela Colloff

November 14th, 2012

42:41

Pamela Colloff, executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly, interviewed by Max Linsky.

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Episode 15: Jonah Weiner

November 7th, 2012

39:01

Jonah Weiner, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, pop critic at Slate, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, …

Episode 14: David Samuels

October 31st, 2012

53:45

David Samuels, contributing editor at Harper's and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic, interviewed by Evan Ratliff.

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Episode 13: Adrian Chen

October 24th, 2012

46:10

Adrian Chen, staff writer at Gawker and editor at The New Inquiry, interviewed by Max Linsky.

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Episode 12: Mina Kimes

October 17th, 2012

40:10

Mina Kimes, writer at Fortune, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.

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Episode 11: Joshuah Bearman

October 12th, 2012

30:30

Joshuah Bearman discusses "The Great Escape," his article about a CIA operation in Iran that became the basis for the new film Argo.

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Episode 10: Chris Jones (Live in Romania)

October 10th, 2012

59:48

Before a live audience in Bucharest hosted by the Romanian magazine Decât o Revistă, Evan Ratliff interviews Chris Jones.

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Episode 9: Jeanne Marie Laskas

October 3rd, 2012

45:30

Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of the new book Hidden America and correspondent for GQ, interviewed by Max Linsky.

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Episode 8: Gideon Lewis-Kraus

September 26th, 2012

47:59

Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.

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Episode 7: Ta-Nehisi Coates

September 19th, 2012

59:59

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beatiful Struggle, interviewed by Evan Ratliff.

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Episode 6: Mac McClelland

September 12th, 2012

52:53

Max Linsky talks with Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones.

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Episode 4: Jon Mooallem

August 28th, 2012

55:55

Evan Ratliff talks with Jon Mooallem, contributor at the New York Times Magazine and author of an upcoming book about people and wild animals.

Show …

Episode 3: David Grann

August 22nd, 2012

54:55

David Grann, staff writer at The New Yorker, talks with Max Linsky.

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Episode 2: Janet Reitman

August 15th, 2012

52:10

A contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Inside Scientology, Reitman talks to Aaron Lammer about her career and offers advice to …

Episode 1: Matthieu Aikins

August 6th, 2012

54:28

This week, Evan Ratliff talks to Matthieu Aikins (Harper's, The Atlantic) on the eve of his move to Kabul. 

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