Longform Podcast #131: Josh Dean

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 The Atavist.

“I sort of reject the whole idea of something being beneath me. There are obviously some stories I wouldn’t do or that I have no interest in, but this job is fun and should be fun. And I wouldn’t turn something down that seems like a fun thing for me to do just because maybe the story is not something that 10,000 people are going to tweet about. I don’t give a shit.”

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Riding Giants

A rookie competes in the World Elephant Polo Championships.


This Is What It’s Like To Go To Prison For Trolling

The afterlife of a thoughtless, cruel insult.


Conrad Hilton and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Flight

An eyewitness tells us what it was like to be there.


Why Is This Man Still In Jail?

A false confession to bad cops put a man in prison for rape and murder. But even conclusive DNA evidence hasn’t gotten him out.

Tuesday, March 3


The 'Deaf' Composer Who Fooled a Nation

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story turned out to be too good to be true.


A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings

A women’s shelter in Afghanistan protects its inhabitants from their own families.


The Drug Lord With a Social Mission

A Kiwi entrepreneur is leading a revolution in recreational drugs: he’s trying to make them safe.


The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’

USB sticks bearing digital video are the new radio.

Monday, March 2


The Vanishing

The despair behind the puzzle of what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight 370.


Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?

“What I had going for me was teen rage, contempt impervious to offers of compromise; the power of the mask capable of turning ice to marshmallow, and all the time in the world, all the ability to sustain it without surrendering.”