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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.

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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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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 3: David Grann

August 22nd, 2012


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

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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 6: Mac McClelland

September 12th, 2012


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

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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 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 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 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 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 12: Mina Kimes

October 17th, 2012


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

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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 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 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 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 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 18: Mike Sager

November 28th, 2012


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

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Episode 19: Choire Sicha

December 5th, 2012


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

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Episode 21: Eli Sanders

December 19th, 2012


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

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Episode 22: Charles Duhigg

January 9th, 2013


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

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Episode 23: Starlee Kine

January 16th, 2013


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

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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 26: Jennifer Gonnerman

January 30th, 2013


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

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Episode 29: Matthew Power

February 20th, 2013


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

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Episode 30: Keith Gessen

February 27th, 2013


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

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Episode 33: Rolf Potts

March 20th, 2013


Rolf Potts, travel writer.

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Episode 34: Molly Young

March 27th, 2013


Molly Young, freelance writer for GQ and New York.

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Episode 35: Jay Caspian Kang

April 3rd, 2013


Jay Caspian Kang, writer and editor at Grantland.

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Episode 36: Patrick Symmes

April 10th, 2013


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

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Episode 37: Ann Friedman

April 16th, 2013


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

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Episode 38: Ted Conover

April 24th, 2013


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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 …

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 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 …

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 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 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 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 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."

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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."

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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."

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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 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 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 …

The 100th Episode

July 16th, 2014


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

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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 …

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 …

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 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 …

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. …

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 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 …

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 …

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 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 …

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 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 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 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 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 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 …

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 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: 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 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 …

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 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 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 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 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 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 …

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 253: Steven Levy

July 19th, 2017


Steven Levy writes for Wired, where he is the editor of Backchannel.

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

Episode 254: Maggie Haberman

July 26th, 2017


Maggie Haberman covers the White House for The New York Times.

“If I start thinking about it, then I’m not going to be able to just keep doing my job. I'm being as honest as I can — I try not to think about it. If …

Episode 255: Matthew Klam

August 2nd, 2017


Matthew Klam is a journalist and fiction writer. His new novel is Who Is Rich?.

“The New Yorker had hyped me with this “20 Under 40” thing…and when the tenth anniversary of that list [came], somebody wrote an article …

Episode 256: David Gessner

August 9th, 2017


David Gessner is the author of ten books. His latest is Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth.

“The ambition got in my way at first. Because I wanted my stuff to be great, and it froze me up. But later …

Episode 257: Jay Caspian Kang

August 16th, 2017


Jay Caspian Kang is a writer at large at The New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Vice News Tonight.

“I make a pretty provocative argument about how Asian American identity doesn’t really exist—how it’s …

Episode 259: Ellen Barry

August 30th, 2017


Ellen Barry is the former New York Times bureau chief for South Asia.

“Every time you leave a beat—and this is something that I think as foreign correspondents we rarely communicate to our readers—you’re walking away …

Episode 260: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

September 6th, 2017


Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist. Her latest piece is “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof.”

“I remember feeling like ‘you’re playing chess with evil, and you gotta win.’ Because this is the most …

Episode 261: Hillary Clinton

September 13th, 2017


Hillary Clinton is the former Democratic nominee for president. Her new book is What Happened.

“I hugged a lot of people after [my concession speech] was over. A lot of people cried … and then it was done. So Bill and …

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

September 20th, 2017


Alex Goldman is the co-host of Reply All.

“I am not the authority on the internet. I’m not an expert on particularly anything, except stuff that I …

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

September 20th, 2017


PJ Vogt is the co-host of Reply All.

“Every radio story is broken. Everything is missing some piece it’s supposed to have. Everything has some weird interview that didn’t go the way you thought it was going to go, or …

Episode 263: Jelani Cobb

September 27th, 2017


Dr. Jelani Cobb is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of three books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress

Episode 264: Vanessa Grigoriadis

October 4th, 2017


Vanessa Grigoriadis writes for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and …

Episode 265: Michael Barbaro

October 11th, 2017


Michael Barbaro is the host of The Daily.

“I don’t think The Daily should ever be my therapy session. That’s not what it’s meant to be, but I’m a …

Episode 266: Patricia Bosworth

October 18th, 2017


Patricia Bosworth is a journalist and biographer. Her latest book is The Men in My Life.

“The [acting] rejections are hellish and ghastly. At least they were to me. And I got tired of being rejected so much and also …

Episode 267: Sarah Ellison

October 25th, 2017


Sarah Ellison is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of War at the Wall Street Journal.

“There’s no lack of stories. ... There’s always an element where you’re going to be parachuting into something …

Episode 268: Jim Nelson

November 1st, 2017


Jim Nelson is the editor-in-chief of GQ.

“One of the things that was initially a challenge was we would all think of ‘the print side’ and ‘the …

Episode 269: Jodi Kantor

November 8th, 2017


Jodi Kantor is a New York Times investigative reporter and the author of The Obamas.

“Being a reporter really robs you of self-consciousness and shyness. You realize that it’s this great gift of being able to ask …

Episode 270: Tyler Cowen

November 15th, 2017


Tyler Cowen is an economist, the co-founder of Marginal Revolution, and the host of Conversations with Tyler. His latest book is The Complacent …

Episode 271: Kara Swisher

November 22nd, 2017


Kara Swisher is the executive editor and co-founder of Recode.

“I do the work. I just work harder than other people. I really do. I work harder, I interview more people, I call more people, I text more people. And so …

Episode 272: Jason Leopold

November 29th, 2017


Jason Leopold is a senior investigative reporter for Buzzfeed and the author of News Junkie.

“I made the worst mistake that cost me my credibility …

Episode 273: Zoe Chace

December 6th, 2017


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

“Radio is a movie in your head. It’s a very visual thing. It’s a transporting thing—when it’s done well. And it’s louder than your thoughts. It is both of …

Episode 275: Tina Brown

December 20th, 2017


Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, is the founder of Women in the World. Her latest book is The Vanity Fair Diaries.

“I believed that my bravado had no limit, if you know what I mean. I …

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

December 27th, 2017


Maggie Haberman covers the White House for The New York Times.

“If I start thinking about it, then I’m not going to be able to just keep doing my job. I'm being as honest as I can — I try not to think about it. If …

Episode 210: Ben Taub, New Yorker Staff Writer

January 3rd, 2018


Ben Taub is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

“I don’t think it’s my place to be cynical because I’ve observed some of the horrors of the Syrian War through these various materials, but it’s Syrians that are living …

Episode 276: Azmat Khan

January 10th, 2018


Azmat Khan is an investigative reporter and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine.

"For me, what matters most is systematic investigation, and I think that’s different than an investigative story that …

Episode 277: Kiera Feldman

January 17th, 2018


Kiera Feldman is an investigative reporter. Her latest article is "Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection."

"I used to have …

Episode 278: Nathan Thornburgh

January 24th, 2018


Nathan Thornburgh is the co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms.

"You have to remain committed to the kind of irrational act of producing journalism for an uncaring world. You have to want to do that so bad, that you will …

Episode 279: Seth Wickersham

January 31st, 2018


Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN. His latest article is "For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, Is This the Beginning of the End?"

“You want to write about something real. I hate stories that are, the tension of …

Episode 280: Liliana Segura

February 7th, 2018


Liliana Segura writes for The Intercept.

“My form of advocacy against the death penalty, frankly, has always been to tell those stories that other people aren’t seeing. And to humanize the people—not just the people …

Episode 281: Michael Idov

February 14th, 2018


Michael Idov is a screenwriter, journalist, and the former editor-in-chief of GQ Russia. His latest book is Dressed Up for a Riot.

"It just goes to show that the best thing you can possibly do as a journalist is to …

Episode 282: Jenna Wortham

February 21st, 2018


Jenna Wortham is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a co-host of Still Processing.

“I feel like I’m still writing to let my …

Episode 283: Sean Fennessey

February 28th, 2018


Sean Fennessy is the editor-in-chief of The Ringer and a former Grantland editor. He hosts The Big Picture.

"What I try to do is listen to people as much as I can. And try to be compassionate. I think it’s really hard …

Episode 284: Joe Weisenthal

March 7th, 2018


Joe Weisenthal is the executive editor of news for Bloomberg Digital and the co-host of What’d You Miss? and Odd Lots.

"If I don’t say yes to this, then I can never say yes to anything again. Because when else am I …

Episode 285: Chana Joffe-Walt

March 14th, 2018


Chana Joffe-Walt is a producer and reporter at This American Life. Her latest story is "Five Women."

“I felt like there was more to learn from …

Episode 286: Nitasha Tiku

March 21st, 2018


Nitasha Tiku is a senior writer at Wired.

“I’ve always been an incredibly nosy person—not nosy, curious. Curious about the world. It just gives you …

Episode 287: Will Mackin

March 28th, 2018


Will Mackin is a U.S. Navy veteran who served with a SEAL team in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut book is Bring Out the Dog.

“I wanted to write nonfiction and I started writing nonfiction. And the reason I did that …

Episode 288: Tom Bissell

April 4th, 2018


Tom Bissell is a journalist, critic, video game writer, and author of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. His latest book is Magic Hours.

“I kind of have come around to …

Episode 289: Craig Mod

April 11th, 2018


Craig Mod is a writer and photographer. His podcast is On Margins.

“You pick up an iPad, you pick up an iPhone—what are you picking up? You’re picking up a chemical-driven casino that just plays on your most base …

Episode 290: Michelle Dean

April 18th, 2018


Michelle Dean is a journalist and critic. Her new book is Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.

“There isn’t one answer. I wish there was one answer. The answer is: You just have to wing it. And I’m …

Episode 291: Charlie Warzel

April 25th, 2018


Charlie Warzel is a senior tech writer for BuzzFeed.

“Part of the big tech reckoning that we’re seeing since the election isn’t really about the …

Episode 292: Lauren Hilgers

May 2nd, 2018


Lauren Hilgers is a journalist and the author of Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown.

“You just need to spend a lot of time with people. And it’s awkward. I read something when I was first starting out as …

Episode 293: Adam Davidson

May 9th, 2018


Adam Davidson is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

“I am as shocked this moment that Trump was elected as I was the moment he was elected. That fundamental state of shock. It’s like there’s a pile of putrid, rotting …

Episode 294: Sheila Heti

May 16th, 2018


Sheila Heti is the author of seven books. Her latest is Motherhood: A Novel.

“[My parents] were afraid for me. As anybody who has a kid who wants to be a writer. I think they understood it was a hard life. It was a …

Episode 295: Deborah Fallows and James Fallows

May 23rd, 2018


James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and Deborah Fallows, a linguist and writer, are the co-authors of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.

“The credo of reporting—you …

Episode 296: Leon Neyfakh

May 30th, 2018


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

“We didn’t want to be coy about why we were doing the show. We wanted to be up front. We’re interested in this era because it seems like the last time in our …

Episode 297: Elif Batuman

June 6th, 2018


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

“I hear novelists say things sometimes like the character does something they don’t expect. …

Episode 298: Reeves Wiedeman

June 13th, 2018


Reeves Wiedeman is a reporter at New York.

“I think the main reason I love the job is reporting. And the fact that you get to go out into …

Episode 299: Helen Rosner

June 20th, 2018


Helen Rosner is a food correspondent at The New Yorker.

“I believe the things that are really important to me are structure over all and—forgive me, I’ve said this on other podcasts before—if I were going to get a …

Episode 300: May Jeong

June 27th, 2018


May Jeong is a magazine writer and investigative reporter.

“I don’t have kids, I don’t have an expensive drug habit. Everything that I do right now at this moment in my life is to serve the story. That means that …

Episode 301: Bryan Fogel

July 11th, 2018


Bryan Fogel is the Oscar-winning director of Icarus.

“There was a long period of time that none of us were really thinking so much about the film. It was really that we were in a real-world crisis. Gregory's life was …

Episode 302: Megan Greenwell

July 18th, 2018


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

“I’m the first external hire to be the EIC in Deadspin history, so not everybody knew me or knew anything about my work. I don’t think there was resistance to me …

Episode 303: Rukmini Callimachi

July 25th, 2018


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

“My major takeaway that I have come away with in this work is go to the enemy. Talk to the enemy. I think that the way that Al Qaeda …

Episode 304: Laura June

August 1st, 2018


Laura June is author of Now My Heart Is Full.

“Parenting wasn’t considered literary fodder for a long time. I think women in particular are raised …

Episode 305: Nathaniel Rich

August 8th, 2018


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

“There’s a huge opportunity with climate …

Episode 306: David Marchese

August 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 307: Jeff Maysh

August 22nd, 2018


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

Episode 308: Jon Caramanica

August 29th, 2018


Jon Caramanica is a music writer at The New York Times.

“I like to interview people very early in their careers or very late in their careers. I …

Episode 297: Elif Batuman, author of "Japan's Rent-a-Family Industry" and "The Idiot"

September 5th, 2018


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

“I hear novelists say things sometimes like the character does something they don’t expect. …

Episode 309: Jeanne Marie Laskas

September 12th, 2018


Jeanne Marie Laskas writes for GQ and the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope.

“I hate saying this out loud, but it’s true: I’m really shy. Fundamentally, I'm 100% …

Episode 310: Eli Saslow

September 19th, 2018


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

Episode 311: Jerry Saltz

September 26th, 2018


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

“To this day I wake up early and I have to get to my desk to write almost immediately. I …

Episode 312: Rebecca Traister

October 3rd, 2018


Rebecca Traister is a writer at New York. Her new book is Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.

“I don’t want my experience to be …

Episode 313: Liana Finck

October 10th, 2018


Liana Finck writes for The New Yorker. Her new book is Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir.

"I was drawing since I was 10 months old. My mom had …

Episode 314: Lisa Brennan-Jobs

October 17th, 2018


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

"You …

Episode 317: Paige Williams

November 7th, 2018


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

“I was just sitting in a coffee shop and saw this thing about a …

Episode 318: Beth Macy

November 14th, 2018


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

“I learned how to interview by delivering papers. I didn’t …

Episode 319: Madeleine Baran

November 21st, 2018


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

“We’re always thinking about first not so much the narrative, but first what did we find out and …

Episode 320: Irin Carmon

November 28th, 2018


Irin Carmon is a senior correspondent at New York Magazine, a contributor at CNN, and the co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“The fact that we were part of this entire wave of …

Episode 321: Nicholas Schmidle

December 5th, 2018


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

“I think there’s a lot more pressure …

Episode 322: Maria Streshinsky

December 12th, 2018


Maria Streshinsky is the executive editor at Wired.

“Sometimes a story comes in and it’s really lovely and well done. And you think if you just got on the phone with this person and pointed out the structure is wrong …

Bonus Episode: Dan Taberski

December 14th, 2018


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

“Why would you walk into podcasting, where not a lot of rules have been …

Episode 323: Allison P. Davis

December 19th, 2018


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

“I have no real advice other than don’t fuck it up and be afraid all the time. That’s the key to success. Don’t fuck it up. Be a little bit anxious all the …

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

December 26th, 2018


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

“I …

Episode 324: Malcolm Gladwell

January 2nd, 2019


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

Episode 325: Lizzie Johnson

January 9th, 2019


Lizzie Johnson covers wildfires for the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It’s kind of like when you’re a beginning journalist and you have to write an obituary—calling the family of the person who died seems like this …

Episode 326: Doug Bock Clark

January 16th, 2019


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

“I think for me the answer has …

Episode 327: Julie Snyder

January 23rd, 2019


Julie Snyder, one of the first producers at This American Life, is the co-creator of Serial and S-Town. Serial Season 3 is out now.

“I am …

Episode 329: David Grann

February 6th, 2019


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

“I do think in life, and in reporting, that reckoning with failure is a part of the process. And reckoning with your own …

Episode 330: Thomas Morton

February 13th, 2019


Thomas Morton is a writer and former correspondent for HBO's _Vice News_. He was at Vice from 2004-2019 and is a major character in Jill Abramson's _Merchants of Truth_.

“You have to go with your gut and I feel like …

Episode 331: Lydia Polgreen

February 20th, 2019


Lydia Polgreen, former foreign correspondent and director of NYT Global at The New York Times, is the editor in chief of HuffPost.

“Like a lot of …

Episode 333: Rosecrans Baldwin

March 6th, 2019


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

“It requires a lot of preparation in order to …

Episode 334: Patrick Radden Keefe

March 13th, 2019


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

“What was strange for me was that it was before I was born, almost a …

Episode 335: Kiese Laymon

March 20th, 2019


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

“It's ironic to me that my mom was the woman who taught me how to read—she was the black woman who taught …

Special Episode: Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind

March 25th, 2019


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

“We’re all less moral than we think we are, including myself. I’m interested in the justifications …

Episode 336: Wesley Morris

March 27th, 2019


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.

“I …

Episode 337: Casey Newton

April 3rd, 2019


Casey Newton covers technology for The Verge and writes The Interface newsletter.

“I remember one time a Facebook employee told me when I wrote …

Episode 338: Hillary Frank

April 10th, 2019


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

“I think motherhood is not valued in our …

Episode 339: Michael Lewis

April 17th, 2019


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

“I think anything you do, if it’s going to …

Episode 340: Linda Villarosa

April 24th, 2019


Linda Villarosa directs the journalism program at the City College of New York and is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Her …

Episode 341: David Wallace-Wells

May 1st, 2019


David Wallace-Wells is the deputy editor of New York and the author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.

“Between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees of warming, just that extra half degree of warming, is going to …

Episode 342: Christine Kenneally

May 8th, 2019


Christine Kenneally has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Monthly. Her 2018 Buzzfeed article, “The Ghosts of the Orphanage,”

Episode 343: Sloane Crosley

May 15th, 2019


Sloane Crosley is the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. Her latest essay collection is Look Alive Out There.

Episode 344: Emily Bazelon

May 22nd, 2019


Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and a co-host of Political Gabfest. Her latest book is Charged: The New Movement to …

Episode 346: Casey Cep

June 5th, 2019


Casey Cep has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic. She is the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.

“I want to meet all of these expectations. I …

Episode 347: Michael Pollan

June 12th, 2019


Michael Pollan writes for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker and is the author of nine books. His latest is How to Change Your Mind: What …

Episode 348: David Epstein

June 19th, 2019


David Epstein has reported for ProPublica, Sports Illustrated, and This American Life. His new book is Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

“You can’t just introspect or take a personality quiz …

Episode 349: Alex Mar

June 26th, 2019


Alex Mar has written for The Believer, Wired, and New York. She is the author of Witches of America and the director of the documentary American Mystic.

“I really do believe that all of us run on some kind of desire …

Episode 156: Renata Adler

July 3rd, 2019


Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her nonfiction collection is After the Tall Timber.

“Unless you're going to be fairly definite, …

Episode 350: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

July 10th, 2019


Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at the New York Times and the author of Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel.

“As a profile writer, the skill I have is getting in the room and staying in the room until someone …

Episode 351: Josh Levin

July 17th, 2019


Josh Levin is the national editor at Slate. He is the host of the podcast Hang Up and Listen and the author of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind …

Episode 352: Jenny Odell

July 24th, 2019


Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy.

“I’ve noticed that the times I’m …

Episode 353: Baxter Holmes

July 31st, 2019


Baxter Holmes is a senior writer for ESPN. He won the James Beard Award for his 2017 article, “The NBA's Secret Addiction.”

“If there’s anything I’m …

Episode 354: Jia Tolentino

August 7th, 2019


Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections of Self-Delusion.

“I feel a lot …

Episode 355: Taylor Lorenz

August 14th, 2019


Taylor Lorenz just announced she is leaving her job covering internet culture for The Atlantic to join The New York Times.

“With technology and …

Episode 356: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

August 21st, 2019


Jean-Xavier de Lestrade is a French documentary filmmaker. He directed Murder on a Sunday Morning and The Staircase.

“The courtroom in the United States is not really about the truth. It’s more about a story against …

Episode 357: Michelle García

August 28th, 2019


Michelle García has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Oxford American. She directed the PBS film, Against Mexico: The Making of …

Episode 358: Mike Isaac

September 4th, 2019


Mike Issac covers Silicon Valley for The New York Times. He is the author of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.

“People try to use journalists all the time. Your job as a journalist is to figure out who’s using you, …

Episode 359: Paul Tough

September 11th, 2019


Paul Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.

Episode 360: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Jackson

September 18th, 2019


Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me. His new novel is The Water …

Episode 361: Ken Burns

September 25th, 2019


Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes The Vietnam War, Baseball, and The Central Park Five. His new series is Country Music.

“History, which seems to most people safe — it isn’t. I think the …

Episode 363: Radhika Jones

October 9th, 2019


Radhika Jones is the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and the editor of Women on Women.

“There are a lot of people who still see the value of talking to someone, having a real conversation — about the things that …

Episode 364: Nicholas Quah

October 16th, 2019


Nicholas Quah founded and writes Hot Pod, a newsletter about the podcasting industry, and reviews podcasts for Vulture.

“I think to some extent …

Episode 365: Carvell Wallace

October 23rd, 2019


Carvell Wallace is a podcast host and has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the co-author, with Andre Iguodala, of The Sixth Man.

“So much of my life experience coalesces into things …

Episode 366: Ashley Feinberg

October 30th, 2019


Ashley Feinberg is a senior writer at Slate. She recently uncovered Mitt Romney's secret Twitter account.

“The whole thing about politics is that …

Episode 367: Errol Morris

November 6th, 2019


Errol Morris is the director of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War. His latest film is American Dharma.

“I don’t make films because it makes …

Episode 368: Leslie Jamison

November 13th, 2019


Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, The Recovering, and the novel The Gin Closet. Her new essay collection is Make It Scream, Make It …

Episode 369: Lori Gottlieb

November 20th, 2019


Lori Gottlieb is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough. Her new book is Maybe …

Episode 370: James Verini

November 27th, 2019


James Verini is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. His new book is They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and …

Episode 371: Parul Sehgal

December 4th, 2019


Parul Sehgal is a book critic for The New York Times.

“I write about books, I review books, but in a sense, to do my job at a newspaper also …

Episode 372: Andy Greenberg

December 11th, 2019


Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for Wired. His new book is Sandworm.

“I kind of knew I was never going to get access to Sandworm, which is the title of the book - so it was all about drawing a picture around this …

Episode 373: Mina Kimes

December 18th, 2019


Mina Kimes is a senior writer at ESPN and the host of the podcast ESPN Daily.

“What I’ve found, and this is something I did not know would be the …

Episode 313: Liana Finck, author of "Excuse Me" and "Passing for Human"

December 25th, 2019


Liana Finck, a cartoonist and illustrator, contributes to The New Yorker and is the author of Excuse Me and Passing for Human.

"I was drawing …

Episode 311: Jerry Saltz, art critic at "New York"

January 1st, 2020


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

“To this day I wake up early and I have to get to my desk to write almost immediately. I …

Episode 374: Cord Jefferson

January 8th, 2020


Cord Jefferson is a journalist turned television writer whose credits include Succession, The Good Place, and Watchmen.

“I’m a fearful person. …

Episode 375: Katherine Eban

January 15th, 2020


Katherine Eban is an investigative journalist and contributing writer at Fortune Magazine. Her new book is Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom.

“I am not known for my optimism. I think it’s …

Episode 376: Kevin Kelly

January 22nd, 2020


Kevin Kelly is a writer and a founding executive editor of Wired Magazine. He is the author of What Technology Wants, Out of Control and The …

Episode 377: Andrea Bernstein

January 29th, 2020


Andrea Bernstein is a journalist and co-host of Trump, Inc., a podcast from WNYC and ProPublica. Her new book is American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power.

“Hope is an action. …

Episode 378: Ashley C. Ford

February 5th, 2020


Ashley C. Ford is a writer and podcast host. Her memoir, Somebody's Daughter, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books.

“For the first time I felt like I had so many more choices in my life than I originally thought I …

Episode 379: Joshua Yaffa

February 13th, 2020


Joshua Yaffa is a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker. His first book is Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia.

“Especially in a place like Russia, where there’s a lot of …

Episode 380: Ronan Farrow

February 19th, 2020


Ronan Farrow is a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter for The New Yorker. He is the author of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to …

Episode 381: Hannah Dreier

February 26th, 2020


Hannah Dreier is a reporter at The Washington Post and the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

“You can’t come up with a good …

Episode 382: Mara Hvistendahl

March 4th, 2020


Mara Hvistendahl is a freelance reporter and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, Unnatural Selection. Her new book is The Scientist and …

Episode 383: Jad Abumrad

March 11th, 2020


Jad Abumrad is the co-creator and host of Radiolab. His new podcast is Dolly Parton's America.

“There’s a way in which, I think, it felt more …

Episode 384: Jon Mooallem

March 18th, 2020


Jon Mooallem is a journalist, author, and host of The Walking Podcast. His latest book is This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A …

Episode 385: Charlie Warzel

March 25th, 2020


Charlie Warzel is a writer-at-large for The New York Times opinion page.

“I’m relying on my morals more than I normally do, but less on my gut. The stakes are just so high.”

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Episode 386: Ed Yong

April 1st, 2020


Ed Yong is the author of I Contain Multitudes and a science writer at The Atlantic . His most recent article is "How the Pandemic Will End."

Episode 387: Eva Holland

April 8th, 2020


Eva Holland is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for Outside. Her new book is Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear.

“I'm less caught …

Episode 388: Naomi Klein

April 15th, 2020


Naomi Klein is a senior correspondent at The Intercept and the author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. Her most recent book is On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.

“I have no idea whether we will do …

Episode 389: Lulu Miller

April 22nd, 2020


Lulu Miller is a former producer at Radiolab and a co-founder of Invisibilia. Her new book is Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the …

Episode 390: Bonnie Tsui

April 29th, 2020


Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and author of the new book Why We Swim.

“I am a self-motivated person. I really don’t like being told what to do. …

Episode 391: Cheryl Strayed

May 6th, 2020


Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things. Her new podcast is Sugar Calling.

“I think that we have this limited idea of what …

Episode 392: David Haskell

May 13th, 2020


David Haskell is the editor-in-chief of New York Magazine.

“Fingers crossed, knock on wood, we've got time here. You can't ever take that for …

Episode 393: Isaac Chotiner

May 20th, 2020


Isaac Chotiner conducts interviews for The New Yorker.

“People like to talk. They like to be asked questions, generally. In the space that I’m …

Episode 394: Philip Montgomery

May 27th, 2020


Philip Montgomery is a photojournalist.

“The photographers that I grew up on all sort of had their moment… I sort of had, in this weird way, this feeling of envy that they had their moment with this story that was …

Episode 395: Wesley Lowery

June 3rd, 2020


Wesley Lowery is a correspondent for “60 in 6” from 60 Minutes. He is the author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in …

Episode 396: Kierna Mayo with Patrice Peck

June 11th, 2020


Kierna Mayo is the showrunner and head writer for the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. She is the former editor-in-chief of Ebony and Honey Magazine, which she co-founded at age 27.

Guest host …

Episode 397: Jacqueline Charles with Patrice Peck

June 17th, 2020


Jacqueline Charles is the Caribbean correspondent at the .Miami Herald

Guest host Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist and writes the

Episode 398: Dean Baquet

June 26th, 2020


Dean Baquet is executive editor of The New York Times.

"I always tried to question what is the difference between what is truly tradition and core, …

Episode 399: Tessie Castillo and George Wilkerson

July 1st, 2020


Tessie Castillo, a journalist covering criminal justice reform, and George Wilkerson, a prisoner on death row in North Carolina, are two of the …

Episode 400: Maria Konnikova

July 8th, 2020


Maria Konnikova is a journalist, professional poker player, and author of the new book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master …

Episode 401: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

July 15th, 2020


Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are co-hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend and co-authors of the new book Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close.

“People telling you about their lives is a real privilege and …

Mailchimp Presents: “The Books That Changed Us” with Ashley C. Ford

July 20th, 2020


An episode featuring Ashley C. Ford from "The Books That Changed Us," a new, short-run podcast hosted by Aaron and Max where authors discuss the books that made them who they are. The 10-episode series is part of …

Episode 402: Raquel Willis with Patrice Peck

July 22nd, 2020


Raquel Willis, the former executive editor of Out, is an activist, journalist, and writer.

Guest host Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist and …

Episode 403: Seyward Darby

July 29th, 2020


Seyward Darby is the editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine and the author of Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism.

“The most enlightening thing I learned in working on this book …

Episode 404: Jenny Kleeman

August 5th, 2020


Jenny Kleeman is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of the new book Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death.

“It’s better to cover one thing in a really illuminating …

Episode 405: Jason Parham

August 12th, 2020


Jason Parham is a senior writer at Wired.

“I think of myself some days as a critic. Some days I think of myself as a journalist. But I essentially mostly think of myself as an essayist, somebody who is trying to bridge …

Episode 406: Andrea Valdez

August 19th, 2020


Andrea Valdez is the editor-in-chief of The 19th*.

“You know how sometimes you hear a song and you think, Gosh, it feels like that song has always existed and an artist just plucked it out of the air and played it and …

Episode 408: Ta-Nehisi Coates

September 3rd, 2020


Ta-Nehisi Coates is an author and journalist. He served as guest editor for the September issue of Vanity Fair, titled "The Great Fire."

“There’s …

Episode 409: Claudia Rankine

September 9th, 2020


Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, and playwright. She is the author of the new book, Just Us: An American Conversation.

“I began to wonder, why am I maintaining civility around things that are actually very important …

Episode 410: Jiayang Fan

September 16th, 2020


Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her latest article is a "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda."

"I think considering the unusual shape of our lives—the lives of my mother and I—from bare …
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