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Episode 273: Zoe Chace

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Zoe Chace is a reporter and producer at This American Life.

“Radio is a movie in your head. It’s a very visual thing. It’s a transporting thing—when it’s done well. And it’s louder than your thoughts. It is both of those things. It would just take me out of the place that I was, where I was lost and couldn’t figure things out. ... They had a very personal way of telling the story to you, so that you kind of felt like you’re there with them. Like it’s less lonely, it’s literally less lonely to have them there. And that felt really good.”

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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

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

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

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

Episode 170: Aleksandar Hemon at the Miami Book Fair

December 4th, 2015

34:38

Episode 169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair

December 2nd, 2015

37:42

Episode 168: Ta-Nehisi Coates

November 25th, 2015

1:06:40

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

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

Episode 159: Ira Glass

September 23rd, 2015

1:10:00

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

Episode 156: Renata Adler

September 2nd, 2015

1:22:22

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

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

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

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

Episode 132: Erik Larson

March 10th, 2015

1:02:21

Episode 131: Josh Dean

March 4th, 2015

1:06:24

Episode 130: Mac McClelland

February 25th, 2015

49:38

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

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

Episode 77: Dan P. Lee

December 31st, 2014

1:07:35

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

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

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

Episode 107: Emily Bazelon

September 3rd, 2014

1:00:30

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

Episode 101: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

July 23rd, 2014

54:30

The 100th Episode

July 16th, 2014

1:18:52

Episode 99: John Heilemann

July 9th, 2014

1:08:46

Episode 75: George Saunders

July 2nd, 2014

1:04:02

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

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

Episode 92: Leslie Jamison

May 14th, 2014

54:06

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

Episode 89: Alice Gregory

April 23rd, 2014

58:31

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

Episode 80: Wil S. Hylton

February 18th, 2014

53:11

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

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

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

Episode 63: Jon Ronson

October 9th, 2013

58:13

Episode 62: Malcolm Gladwell

October 1st, 2013

57:40

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

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

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 43: Margalit Fox

May 29th, 2013

48:18

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

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 39: Natasha Vargas-Cooper

May 1st, 2013

52:20

Episode 38: Ted Conover

April 24th, 2013

49:49

Episode 37: Ann Friedman

April 16th, 2013

48:45

Episode 36: Patrick Symmes

April 10th, 2013

59:27

Episode 35: Jay Caspian Kang

April 3rd, 2013

48:00

Episode 34: Molly Young

March 27th, 2013

39:40

Episode 33: Rolf Potts

March 20th, 2013

44:30

Episode 32: Jake Silverstein

March 13th, 2013

48:35

Episode 31: Emily Nussbaum

March 6th, 2013

44:54

Episode 30: Keith Gessen

February 27th, 2013

47:28

Episode 29: Matthew Power

February 20th, 2013

44:27

Episode 28: Joel Lovell

February 13th, 2013

48:30

Episode 27: Joshua Topolsky

February 6th, 2013

35:23

Episode 26: Jennifer Gonnerman

January 30th, 2013

50:33

Episode 25: Susan Orlean

January 23rd, 2013

44:17

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

Episode 22: Charles Duhigg

January 9th, 2013

44:53

Episode 21: Eli Sanders

December 19th, 2012

34:40

Episode 20: Patrick Radden Keefe

December 12th, 2012

44:55

Episode 19: Choire Sicha

December 5th, 2012

37:39

Episode 18: Mike Sager

November 28th, 2012

40:04

Episode 17: Joshua Davis

November 20th, 2012

36:31

Episode 16: Pamela Colloff

November 14th, 2012

42:41

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.

Show notes:

Episode 13: Adrian Chen

October 24th, 2012

46:10

Episode 12: Mina Kimes

October 17th, 2012

40:10

Episode 11: Joshuah Bearman

October 12th, 2012

30:30

Episode 10: Chris Jones (Live in Romania)

October 10th, 2012

59:48

Episode 9: Jeanne Marie Laskas

October 3rd, 2012

45:30

Episode 8: Gideon Lewis-Kraus

September 26th, 2012

47:59

Episode 7: Ta-Nehisi Coates

September 19th, 2012

59:59

Episode 6: Mac McClelland

September 12th, 2012

52:53

Episode 5: Paul Ford

September 5th, 2012

38:38

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

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
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