Don't Cry for Tracy Morgan

“I faced death and all that shit. It’s my responsibility to come back and come back strong. It’s going to take more than a Walmart truck to take that gift away. I can’t wait to make you all laugh. Especially you, Mike. And I already did that today. So all is good.”

Longform Podcast #168: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest book, Between the World and Me, just won the National Book Award.

“When I first came to New York, I couldn't see any of this. I felt like a complete washout. I was in my little apartment, eating donuts and playing video games. The only thing I was doing good with my life was being a father and a husband. That was it. David [Carr] was a big shot. And he would call me in, just out of the blue, to have lunch. I was so low at that point. ... He said, ​I think you're a great bet. ... He was remembering people who had invested in him when he was low. That more than anything is why I'm sad he's not here for all of this. Because it's for him. It's to say to him, ​you were right​.”

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Show Notes »

User Behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. So why aren’t they regulated like drugs or casinos?

Tuesday, November 24


The Serial Swatter

How internet trolls dangerously exploit over-militarized police.


Why Did Derrick Gordon Make History and Then Suddenly Shun the Spotlight?

What happened after the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball came out.


On Pandering

She can write like a man, they said, by which they meant, She can write.”


In Conversation: DeRay Mckesson

An interview about Black Lives Matter and the last 18 months of activism in America.

Rembert Browne on the Longform Podcast

Monday, November 23


The Keys To Enya's Kingdom

A trip to Enya’s castle in Ireland.

Previously: Anne Helen Petersen on the Longform Podcast

The Rise of the Artisanal Funeral

A 30-year-old funeral director in LA wants to help the living get closer to death.


The Desert Blues

The musicians of Mali find themselves in the middle of a civil war.


"Everything Was Completely Destroyed"

What it was like to be a rank-and-file Sony employee after the hack.

Amanda Hess on the Longform Podcast

Sunday, November 22


ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape

They were cousins who grow up in Raqqa amidst parties, beaches, even bikinis. They married ISIS fighters to protect their families, then became morality policers.