Longform Podcast #118: Emma Carmichael

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. There are only so many things you can say. And while our opinions are getting more constrained online, personal feminism and face-to-face conversations are looser and more complicated and don't go by any rules. ... The ideal with Jezebel is getting to a point where you can say, 'This is what I think, so who gives a fuck.'"

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @emmacargo
  2. emmacarmichael.com
  3. Carmichael on Longform
  4. Jezebel
  5. Deadspin
  6. The Hairpin
  7. [1:00] Laura Olin’s TinyLetter
  8. [5:00] "Brett Favre Has His Hands Full With Himself" (Deadspin • Oct 2010)
  9. [9:00] "Letter From A Young Female Sportswriter: Ines Sainz, You Make Me Want To Stop Trying" (Deadspin • Sep 2010)
  10. [31:00] "Saartjie Baartman: The Original Booty Queen" (Cleuci de Oliveira • Jezebel • Nov 2014)
  11. [35:00] "The Right to a Sexual Narrative: On the Lena Dunham Abuse Claims" (Jia Tolentino • Jezebel • Nov 2014)
  12. [43:00] "Do-it-All UConn Star Breanna Stewart is Kevin Durant of Women's Game" (Sports Illustrated • Mar 2014)

Wednesday, November 12

Longform Podcast #117: Reihan Salam

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? If I weren’t doing this job, I’d want to be a high school guidance counselor."

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos, and Cards Against Humanity’s Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. @reihan
  2. reihansalam.com
  3. [11:00] "The White Ghetto" (Kevin D. Williamson • National Review • Jan 2014)
  4. [18:00] "Is Free Content Ruining Journalism?" (The VICE Podcast • Sep 2013)
  5. [30:00] "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League" (William Deresiewicz • New Republic • Jul 2014)
  6. [33:00] Longform Podcast #35: Jay Caspian Kang
  7. [34:00] "How the Suburbs Got Poor" (Slate • Sep 2014)
  8. [38:00] Longform Podcast #12: Mina Kimes
  9. [42:00] "Jason Schwartzman and Alex Ross Perry Discuss Their New Film, 'Listen Up Philip'" (The VICE Podcast Show • Oct 2014)
  10. [57:00] "In Praise of Amazon" (Slate • Oct 2014)
  11. [57:00] Grand New Party (with Ross Douthat • Doubleday • 2008)
  12. [101:00] "Is It Racist to Date Only People of Your Own Race?" (Slate • Apr 2014)
  13. [103:00] "Errol Morris on His New Movie, 'The Unknown Known'" (The VICE Podcast Show • Apr 2014)

Wednesday, November 5

Longform Podcast #116: Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and is a contributor to This American Life. His latest book is Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld.

"I test out my stories on my kids. You should be able to tell any story, now matter how complicated, to a seven-year-old in a way that they understand. If you can't, that probably means that either a) you're telling the story wrong or b) it's not really a story."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Bonobos for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. jakehalpern.com
  2. Halpern on Longform
  3. [2:00] "The Devil Underground" (Nadja Drost • The Atavist • Oct 2014)
  4. [2:00] Longform App Exclusive: "The Trials of White Boy Rick" (Evan Hughes • The Atavist • Sep 2014)
  5. [3:00] Braving Home (Houghton Mifflin • 2003)
  6. [4:00] "Jungle Boy" (The New Republic • 2006)
  7. [14:00] Fame Junkies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2006)
  8. [14:00] Bad Paper (Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2014)
  9. [17:00] "Selling the Beat" (New Yorker • Apr 2004)
  10. [21:00] "Pay Up" (New Yorker • Oct 2004)
  11. [43:00] "Paper Boys" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2014)
  12. [43:00] "Magic Words" (This American Life • Aug 2014)
  13. [43:00] "Bad Paper, The Debtor Game" (Fusion • Aug 2014)
  14. [45:00] The Dormia Trilogy
  15. [46:00] "The Secret of the Temple" (The New Yorker • Apr 2012)
  16. [51:00] "Switched at Birth" (This American Life • Jul 2008)

Wednesday, October 29

Longform Podcast #115: Jen Percy

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 and taking notes in a way that’s totally chaotic and overwhelming. You don’t even care yet because you’re so excited by what you’re gathering. If you start trying to make a narrative out of it too soon it will be false or fall apart."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Dear Thief, the new novel by Samantha Harvey, for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @JenPercy
  2. [1:00] "My Terrifying Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord" (The New Republic • Oct 2014)
  3. [1:00] Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism (Scribner • 2014)
  4. [19:00] "Voice in the Night" An excerpt from Demon Camp (Harper’s • Nov 2013)

Wednesday, October 22

Longform Podcast #114: Jessica Pressler

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 of terrible, they're easy to like."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Warby Parker for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @jpressler
  2. Pressler on Longform
  3. [3:00] jessicapressler.com
  4. [11:00] "Philadelphia Story: The Next Borough" (The New York Times • Aug 2005)
  5. [17:00] Longform Podcast #77: Dan P. Lee
  6. [24:00] "It’s Too Bad. And I Don’t Mean It’s Too Bad Like ‘Screw ’Em.’" (New York • Jul 2011)
  7. [29:00] "The Dumbest Person in Your Building Is Passing Out Keys to Your Front Door!" (New York • Sep 2014)
  8. [29:00] "Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry" (New York • May 2014)
  9. [30:00] "20/30 Vision" (New York • Aug 2013)
  10. [39:00] "The GQ Cover Story: Adam Driver" (GQ • Sep 2014)
  11. [41:00] "Adam Levine Doesn't Care If You Like Him (But He'd Really Prefer That You Did)" (GQ • Jul 2014)
  12. [41:00] "The Full Tatum" (GQ • Mar 2011)
  13. [43:00] "American Marvel" (Edith Zimmerman • GQ • Jul 2011)
  14. [49:00] "A Holly Golightly for the Stripper-Embezzlement Age" (New York • Sep 2011)

Wednesday, October 15

Longform Podcast #113: Wendy MacNaughton

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 everybody carries stories that are just as profound as the ones we hear from celebrities or whoever. I’m interested in the stories of people who don’t usually get to tell them. I think those are sometimes the most interesting."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @wendymac
  2. wendymacnaughton.com
  3. wendymacnaughton.tumblr.com
  4. [1:00] Pen & Ink (with Isaac Fitzgerald • Bloomsbury • Oct 2014)
  5. [4:00] Pop-Up Magazine
  6. [14:00] Meanwhile in San Francisco (Chronicle Books • Mar 2014)
  7. [16:00] "The Making of Longshot"
  8. [20:00] "Meanwhile, The San Francisco Public Library" (The Rumpus • May 2011)
  9. [31:00] Lost Cat (with Caroline Paul • Bloomsbury • Apr 2013)
  10. [37:00] "The Price of Black Ambition" (Roxane Gay • VQR • Oct 2014)
  11. [40:00] "Universal Laws of Safe Distance"
  12. [45:00] "Meanwhile, Mission Bartenders" (The Rumpus • Mar 2011)

Wednesday, October 8

Longform Podcast #112: Don Van Natta Jr.

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 kind of work I do as an investigative reporter, every story you do is going to get attacked and the tires are going to get kicked. It’s going to get scrutinized down to every phrase and down to every letter. You have to have multiple sources for key facts on this type of story. We set out to get that and we got it."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Bonobos for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @DVNJr
  2. Van Natta Jr. on Longform
  3. [3:00] "The Trials of White Boy Rick" (Evan Hughes • The Atavist • Sep 2014)
  4. [3:00] The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
  5. [4:00] "His Game, His Rules" (ESPN • Mar 2013)
  6. [4:00] "Rice Case: Purposeful Misdirection by Team, Scant Investigation by NFL" (with Kevin Van Valkenburg • ESPN • Sep 2014)
  7. [11:00] "Sources: Rice Told NFL He Hit Fiancee" (ESPN • Sep 2014)
  8. [14:00] "Ravens Respond to OTL Story" (ESPN • Sep 2014)
  9. [14:00] Steve Bisciotti responds to Van Natta's report (Baltimore Ravens)
  10. [15:00] "Here's Every Edit ESPN Has Made To Its OTL Ray Rice-Ravens Report" (Timothy Burke • Deadspin • Sep 2014)
  11. [17:00] "Van Natta Defends Ray Rice Report" (ESPN • Sep 2014)
  12. [24:00] League of Denial (Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru • Crown Archetype • 2013)
  13. [24:00] "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" (Frontline • 2013)
  14. [24:00] "N.F.L. Pressure Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project" (James Andrew Miller and Ken Belson • The New York Times • Aug 2013)
  15. [25:00] "The Match Maker" (ESPN • Aug 2013)
  16. [28:00] "Jerry Football" (ESPN • Aug 2014)
  17. [43:00] "Questions Linger About Why N.F.L. Destroyed Patriots’ Tapes" (Greg Bishop • The New York Times • Dec 2007)
  18. [47:00] Wonder Girl (Little, Brown and Company • 2011)
  19. [58:00] "Comfort Inn Hero" (The Miami Herald • Aug 1992)
  20. [105:00] "The Whistleblower's Last Stand" (ESPN • Mar 2014)
  21. [107:00] "The Half-Time Hero" (Jeff Maysh • Howler • Oct 2014)

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

"The kind of stories I've gotten to do have involved fulfilling my childhood fantasies of having an adventurous life."

We are re-airing our February 2013 interview with our friend Matt Power, who died earlier this year while on assignment in Uganda, to help raise money for The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.

Founded by Matt's friends and family, the annual award will support promising writers early in their careers with a stipend of $12,500 to bring forward an unreported story of importance in some overlooked corner of the world.

Please donate today.

Wednesday, October 1

Longform Podcast #111: Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week.

"I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the very first issue and I obsessively catalogued it. I made a database on my Apple IIe where I put in the title of the magazine and the number and whether it was a little 'e' or a big 'E' on the cover and the different topics and then I gave it a grade. You know how in Entertainment Weekly they give everything a grade, so I’d be like 'Oscar’s Issue: A minus.' But I learned how to obsessively track Hollywood industry even though I grew up in a very small town in northern Idaho."

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos, and EA SPORTS FIFA 15 for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @annehelen
  2. annehelenpetersen.com
  3. Petersen on Longform
  4. [1:00] "The Down and Dirty History of TMZ" (BuzzFeed • Jul 2014)
  5. [1:00] Scandals of Classic Hollywood (Plume • Sep 2014)
  6. [3:00] EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Readers' Poll Results
  7. [5:00] "The Gossip Industry" (Petersen's Dissertation • 2011) [pdf]
  8. [5:00] "Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style"
  9. [6:00] "The Trials of Entertainment Weekly" (The Awl • Jun 2014 )
  10. [14:00] Longform Podcast #50: Edith Zimmerman
  11. [28:00] Lainey Gossip
  12. [32:00] "Jennifer Lawrence and the History of Cool Girls" (BuzzFeed • Feb 2014)
  13. [37:00] "Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed" (The Hairpin • Mar 2014)
  14. [43:00] "Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Game" (BuzzFeed • May 2014)
  15. [45:00] "Confidentially Yours" (The Believer • May 2014)
  16. [50:00] "At Least One Real, Authentic Moment of Humanity With Cameron Diaz" (Alex Pappademas • Grantland • Jul 2014)
  17. [53:00] "How I Rebuilt Tinder and Discovered the Shameful Secret of Attraction" (BuzzFeed • Sep 2014)
  18. [100:00] "Take Time" (John Herrman • The Awl • Jun 2014)

Wednesday, September 24

Longform Podcast #110: Chris Hayes

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 through, 'Well, what is my role in this?' Mostly it was: wake up in the morning after two or three hours of sleep and start going to stuff, talking to people, and keep doing that until the show happens."

Thanks to GoDaddy for sponsoring this week's episode. Apply for the TinyLetter Writers Residency by September 26. And nominate your favorite soccer article for a chance to win a free Xbox One and EA SPORTS FIFA 15.

Show Notes:

  1. @chrislhayes
  2. [1:55] Evan on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC • Apr 2014)
  3. [7:30] "Al-Jazeera runs from teargas in Ferguson" (YouTube)
  4. [10:30] "St Louis police officer shoots Kajieme Powell [Graphic]" (YouTube)
  5. [26:00] Hayes's archive in The Chicago Reader
  6. [28:00] "Trapped" (The Chicago Reader • Dec 2002)
  7. [34:00] Hayes's archive in The Nation
  8. [39:30] "The NAFTA Superhighway" (The Nation • Aug 2007)
  9. [40:30] Hayes's first TV appearance (C-SPAN • Sep 2007)
  10. [47:30] "Chris Hayes on 'Heroes' Controversy: 'I Fell Short at a Crucial Moment'" (Jack Mirkinson • The Huffington Post • May 2012)
  11. [59:00] Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Crown • 2012)
  12. [100:30] "The Real Story Behind Chicago’s Crime Numbers" (MSNBC • Jun 2014)
  13. [100:30] "A Town's Only Hospital Closes" (MSNBC • Jul 2014)
  14. [100:30] "The (Too) Slow March of Desegregation" (MSNBC • Jun 2014)
  15. [101:00] "Years of Living Dangerously" (Showtime)

Wednesday, September 17

Longform Podcast #109: Buzz Bissinger

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, including Friday Night Lights.

"It’s quiet. And I really felt I needed that quiet. People say, 'Well anger was your edge, and agitation was your edge, and that’s going to hurt your writing.' I don’t know, maybe. It may be that in order to live a happier life you become a shittier writer. I don't know. But I just couldn't live in that fashion anymore, I just couldn't. It would've destroyed my marriage. It was destroying me."

Thanks to this week's sponsors. Apply for the TinyLetter Writers Residency by September 26. And nominate your favorite soccer article for a chance to win a free Xbox One and EA SPORTS FIFA 15.


Show Notes:

  1. buzzbissinger.com
  2. Bissinger on Longform
  3. [7:00] Friday Night Lights (Da Capo Press • 1990)
  4. [7:30] "Pursuit Of A Big Blue Chipper" (Sports Illustrated • Sep 1968)
  5. [12:00] "Disorder in the Court" series (The Philadelphia Inquirer • with Daniel R. Biddle and Fredric N. Tulsky • 1987) [unavailable online]
  6. [17:45] Father’s Day (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2012)
  7. [18:00] Three Nights in August (Mariner • 2005)
  8. [20:30] A Prayer for the City (Vintage • 1998)
  9. [28:30] Shooting Stars (Penguin • 2009)
  10. [31:30] "Who Is Nick Foles?" (Philadelphia Magazine • Jun 2014)
  11. [39:00] "The Plane That Fell From the Sky" (St. Paul Pioneer Press • Apr 1979) [pdf]
  12. [44:00] "My Gucci Addiction" (GQ • Apr 2013)
  13. [1:01:00] "Darkness in August" (Vanity Fair • Feb 2014)
  14. [1:02:00] Wherever I Wind Up (R.A. Dickey • Blue Rider Press • 2012)
  15. [1:20:00] "Shattered Glass" (Vanity Fair • Sep 1998)
  16. [1:20:00] "The Runaway Doctor" (Vanity Fair • Jan 2011)
  17. [1:20:30] After Friday Night Lights (Byliner • 2012)

Wednesday, September 10

Longform Podcast #108: Sean Wilsey

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 competent person at getting things done, making deadlines and all these things. But the Wilsey you might get in the piece about NASA is the guy who eats a ton of oysters and drinks a lot of beer before getting on the vomit comet."

Thanks to TinyLetter and GoDaddy for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. @seanwilsey
  2. [1:20] More Curious (McSweeney's • 2014)
  3. [3:04] Oh the Glory of It All (The Penguin Press • 2005)
  4. [16:15] "The Republic of Marfa" (McSweeney’s • Mar 1999)
  5. [24:00] "The Next Giant Leap" (GQ • Jun 2009)
  6. [30:05] "Brotherhood of the Plank" (Play • Jun 2009)
  7. [30:06] "Using So Little" (London Review of Books • Jun 2003)
  8. [31:10] American Catch (Paul Greenberg • The Penguin Press • 2014)
  9. [32:30] "Italy's German Accent" (Gourmet • Jan 2007)
  10. [37:00] "Diary: Going Slow" (London Review of Books • Jul 2008)
  11. [39:30] "Open Water" (New Yorker • Apr 2013)
  12. [43:15] "Honest Writing Is Funny Writing" (The Atlantic • Aug 2014)
  13. [47:30] Down and Out in London and Paris (George Orwell • 1933)