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Episode 306: David Marchese


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

"The thing I like about doing long interviews with people is that each one feels like a totally unique experience to me. It’s not like I go into an interview and already know the arc of the story I’m going to tell, and I’m going to just fill that in the best I can. I have ideas of what to talk about and what the conversation might entail, but it does feel like I’m starting at zero and the conversation can go anywhere.”

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    “It’s about people. Travis Kalanick’s foibles aren’t because he’s a technology …

    Episode 252: Mark Bowden

    July 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. …

    Episode 239: S-Town's Brian Reed

    July 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 …

    Episode 251: Ginger Thompson

    June 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."

    Episode 250: Patricia Lockwood

    June 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 …

    Episode 249: John Grisham

    June 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. …

    Episode 248: Erin Lee Carr

    June 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 …

    Episode 247: Ariel Levy

    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 …

    Episode 246: Jeffrey Gettleman

    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 …

    Episode 245: Rafe Bartholomew

    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 …

    Episode 244: Nick Bilton

    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 …

    Episode 243: Samin Nosrat

    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 …

    Episode 242: Sarah Menkedick

    April 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 …

    Episode 241: David Grann

    April 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 …

    Episode 240: Alex Kotlowitz

    April 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 …

    Episode 239: Brian Reed

    April 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 …

    Episode 238: Hrishikesh Hirway

    March 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 …

    Episode 236: Al Baker

    March 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 …

    Episode 235: Caity Weaver

    March 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 …

    Episode 234: Matthew Cole

    March 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 …

    Episode 233: Alexis C. Madrigal

    February 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 …

    Episode 232: Ana Marie Cox

    February 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.

    Episode 231: Brooke Gladstone

    February 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 …

    Episode 230: Ezra Edelman

    February 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 …

    Episode 229: Alexey Kovalev

    January 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 …

    Episode 228: Jeff Sharlet

    January 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 …

    Episode 227: Jace Clayton

    January 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.

    Episode 226: Terry Gross

    January 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 …

    Episode 225: Ta-Nehisi Coates

    December 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 …

    Episode 224: Hua Hsu

    December 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 …

    Episode 223: Carl Zimmer

    December 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. …

    Episode 222: Wesley Lowery

    November 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 …

    Episode 221: Adam Moss

    November 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 …

    Episode 220: Kyle Chayka

    November 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 …

    Episode 219: Susan Casey

    November 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 …

    Episode 218: Wesley Morris

    November 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 …

    Episode 217: Doreen St. Félix

    October 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 …

    Episode 216: Emily Witt

    October 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 …

    Episode 215: Krista Tippett

    October 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 …

    Episode 214: Luke Dittrich

    October 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 …

    Episode 213: A.J. Daulerio

    September 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],

    Episode 212: Julia Turner

    September 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 …

    Episode 211: Naomi Zeichner

    September 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 …

    Episode 210: Ben Taub

    September 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 …

    Episode 209: Sarah Schweitzer

    August 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 …

    Episode 208: Rachel Monroe

    August 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 …

    Episode 206: Gabriel Sherman

    August 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.

    Special 'Love and Ruin' Reissue: Jon Mooallem

    August 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

    August 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 …

    Episode 204: Malcolm Gladwell

    August 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 …

    Episode 203: Ellis Jones

    July 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 …

    Episode 202: David Remnick

    July 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 …

    Episode 201: T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

    July 13th, 2016

    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

    Thanks to our sponsors, TinyLetter and Squarespace.

    Show Notes:

    Episode 99: John Heilemann

    July 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 …

    Episode 75: George Saunders

    July 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 …

    Episode 98: Sarah Nicole Prickett

    June 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 …

    Episode 97: Ta-Nehisi Coates

    June 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

    Episode 96: Nathaniel Rich

    June 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 …

    Episode 95: Wesley Morris

    June 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 …

    Episode 94: Gary Smith

    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 …

    Episode 93: Michael Paterniti

    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 …

    Episode 92: Leslie Jamison

    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 …

    Episode 91: Michael Lewis

    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 …

    Episode 90: Susan Dominus

    April 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 …

    Episode 89: Alice Gregory

    April 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

    Episode 88: Sam Biddle

    April 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. …

    Episode 87: Amanda Hess

    April 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 …

    Episode 86: Mattathias Schwartz

    April 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 …

    Episode 85: Tavi Gevinson

    March 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."

    Episode 84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

    March 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 …

    Matthew Power (1974-2014)

    March 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 …

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

    March 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 …

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

    March 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 …

    Episode 82: Jennifer Senior

    March 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 …

    Episode 81: Kevin Roose

    February 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 …

    Episode 80: Wil S. Hylton

    February 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 …

    Episode 79: David Kushner

    February 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 …

    Episode 78: Ariel Levy

    February 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 …

    Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

    January 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 …

    Episode 76: Roger D. Hodge

    January 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 …

    Episode 75: George Saunders

    January 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 …

    Episode 74: Jon Mooallem

    January 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 …

    Episode 73: Joe Sexton

    December 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 …

    Episode 72: Andrew Leland

    December 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 …

    Episode 71: Jason Fagone

    December 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 …

    Episode 70: Amy Wallace

    November 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 …

    Episode 69: Rachel Aviv

    November 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 …

    Episode 68: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

    November 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 …

    Episode 67: Evan Wright

    November 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 …

    Episode 66: Andy Ward

    October 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 …

    Episode 65: Elizabeth Wurtzel

    October 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 …

    Episode 64: Gay Talese

    October 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 …

    Episode 63: Jon Ronson

    October 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

    Episode 62: Malcolm Gladwell

    October 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 …

    Episode 61: Cord Jefferson

    September 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 …

    Episode 60: Hamilton Morris

    September 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 …

    Episode 59: Nancy Jo Sales

    September 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 …

    Episode 58: Sarah Stillman

    September 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 …

    Episode 57: Eli Saslow

    August 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 …

    Episode 56: Joshuah Bearman

    August 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 …

    Episode 55: Amy Harmon

    August 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 …

    Episode 54: Sean Flynn

    August 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 …

    Episode 53: Janet Reitman

    August 2nd, 2013


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 43: Margalit Fox

    May 29th, 2013


    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.

    Episode 42: Mat Honan

    May 22nd, 2013


    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


    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


    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


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 37: Ann Friedman

    April 16th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 36: Patrick Symmes

    April 10th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 35: Jay Caspian Kang

    April 3rd, 2013


    Jay Caspian Kang, writer and editor at Grantland.

    Show notes:

    Episode 34: Molly Young

    March 27th, 2013


    Molly Young, freelance writer for GQ and New York.

    Show notes:

    Episode 33: Rolf Potts

    March 20th, 2013


    Rolf Potts, travel writer.

    Show notes:

    Episode 30: Keith Gessen

    February 27th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 29: Matthew Power

    February 20th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 26: Jennifer Gonnerman

    January 30th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 24: Stephen Rodrick

    January 18th, 2013


    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


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 22: Charles Duhigg

    January 9th, 2013


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 21: Eli Sanders

    December 19th, 2012


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 19: Choire Sicha

    December 5th, 2012


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 18: Mike Sager

    November 28th, 2012


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

    Show notes:

    Episode 17: Joshua Davis

    November 20th, 2012


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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    Episode 11: Joshuah Bearman

    October 12th, 2012


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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    Episode 4: Jon Mooallem

    August 28th, 2012


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

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    Episode 3: David Grann

    August 22nd, 2012


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

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    Episode 2: Janet Reitman

    August 15th, 2012


    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


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

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