Longform Podcast #122: Hanna Rosin

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 them. Sometimes that happens right away and sometimes it takes forever. ... You have to determine if they're reflective, friendly, open. It could be love at first sight and they're still all wrong, which is really heartbreaking.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos and The Los Angeles Times' Bookshelf Newsletter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @HannaRosin
  2. hannarosin.com
  3. Rosin on Longform
  4. [1:00] "Murder by Craigslist" (The Atlantic • Aug 2013)
  5. [1:00] "Hello, My Name Is Stephen Glass, and I’m Sorry" (The New Republic • Nov 2014)
  6. [7:00] The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (Riverhead Books • 2012)
  7. [18:00] The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer • Little, Brown • 1979)
  8. [18:00] "The Evil Empire: The Scoop on Ben & Jerry's Crunchy Capitalism" (The New Republic • Sep 1995)
  9. [23:00] "The New Republic: An Appreciation" (Ta-Nehisi Coates • The Atlantic • Dec 2014)
  10. [25:00] "Who Shot Johnny?" (Debra Dickerson • The New Republic • 1996) [pdf]
  11. [31:00] "A Boy's Life" (The Atlantic • Nov 2008)
  12. [38:00] "The Case Against Breast-Feeding" (The Atlantic • Apr 2009)
  13. [41:00] "The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind" (Binyamin Appelbaum • The New York Times • Dec 2014)
  14. [42:00] "The End of Men" (The Atlantic • Jul 2010)
  15. [43:00] "By Noon They'd Both Be in Heaven" (New York • Oct 2014)
  16. [46:00] "Why Kids Sext" (The Atlantic • Oct 2014)
  17. [49:00] "The Missing Men" (with Allison Benedikt • Slate • Dec 2014)
  18. [49:00] Sabrina Rubin Erdely on DoubleX Gabfest (with June Thomas and Katy Waldman • Slate • Nov 2014)
  19. [49:00] "Blame Rolling Stone" (Slate • Dec 2014)
  20. [49:00] "DoubleX Gabfest: The Aftermath of Rolling Stone Edition" (with Noreen Malone and June Thomas • Slate • Dec 2014)

Wednesday, December 10

Longform Podcast #121: Meghan Daum

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 supposed to have some sort of arc or aha moment, as if the experience isn't legitimate unless we get something out of it. That's so culturally constructed, as they say. It's so artificial.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Scribd, and Oscar for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @meghan_daum
  2. meghandaum.com
  3. Daum on Longform
  4. [1:00] The Unspeakable (Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2014)
  5. [1:00] "My Misspent Youth" (New Yorker • Oct 1999)
  6. [18:00] "All About My Mother" (The Guardian • Nov 2014)
  7. [35:00] Daum’s archive of Los Angeles Times columns
  8. [38:00] My Misspent Youth (Open City Books • 2001)

Wednesday, December 3

Longform Podcast #120: Katie J.M. Baker

Katie J.M. Baker is a reporter for BuzzFeed News.

“I went to Steubenville a year after the sexual assault to cover their first big football game of the season and I was face-to-face with these people who I had been writing about without knowing much about them. From far away it seems like, do these details matter? Do we care if these people’s lives get messed up when the narrative is so strong, when Steubenville now stands for more awareness around rape culture? But when you’re there, of course it matters. After that piece I realized I didn’t want to blog anymore and I wanted to just focus on reporting.”

Thanks to Casper, Scribd, and TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @katiejmbaker
  2. katiejmbaker.com
  3. Baker on Longform
  4. [4:00] "Forever Young" (BuzzFeed • Sep 2014)
  5. [12:00] "Austin Thinks It Can Save Poor Kids By Separating Boys And Girls" (BuzzFeed • Dec 2014)
  6. [13:00] "In West Virginia, Playing Hooky Can Get You Locked Up" (BuzzFeed • Oct 2014)
  7. [20:00] "Supervisor Wants Motive Spelled Out at S.F.'s Antiabortion Clinics" (San Francisco Chronicle • Jun 2011)
  8. [20:00] "Teacher Leaves Elite LA School After Alleged Student Affair, Inappropriate Relationships" (BuzzFeed • Jul 2014)
  9. [21:00] "Head Of Elite L.A. School Resigns After Sex Misconduct Scandal" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2014)
  10. [22:00] "My Weekend In America's So-Called 'Rape Capital'" (Jezebel • May 2012)
  11. [24:00] "Even The Most Progressive University In North America Doesn’t Know How To Handle Sexual Consent" (BuzzFeed • Jun 2014)
  12. [26:00] "Rape Victims Don’t Trust The Fixers Colleges Hire To Help Them" (BuzzFeed • Apr 2014)
  13. [28:00] "Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault" (Vanessa Grigoriadis • New York • Sep 2014)
  14. [30:00] "Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City" (Juliet Macur and Nate Schweber • The New York Times • Dec 2012)
  15. [30:00] "Steubenville's Legacy: How a Rape Case in Ohio Could Change History" (Jezebel • Jan 2013)
  16. [31:00] "'A Town Destroyed for What Two People Did': Dispatch from Steubenville" (Jezebel • Sep 2013)
  17. [32:00] "Why Is No One Talking About the Second Steubenville Rape Case?" (Newsweek • Nov 2013)
  18. [33:00] "The Accused" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2014)
  19. [42:00] "The Fort of Young Saplings" (Vanessa Veselka • The Atavist • Nov 2014)

Wednesday, November 26

Longform Podcast #119: Alec Wilkinson

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.”

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. Wilkinson on Longform
  2. [2:00] "The Protest Singer" (New Yorker • Apr 2006)
  3. [6:00] Midnights: A Year With the Welfleet Police (Random House • 1982)
  4. [9:00] My Mentor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2002)
  5. [9:00] Across the River and into the Trees (Ernest Hemingway • 1950)
  6. [24:00] Moonshine: A Life in Pursuit of White Liquor (Knopf • 1985)
  7. [25:00] Big Sugar (Knopf • 1989)
  8. [27:00] The Happiest Man in the World (Random House • 2007)
  9. [34:00] "New York Is Killing Me" (New Yorker • Aug 2010)
  10. [42:00] "Sam and Other Reflections on Being a Father" (Esquire • Jun 2000)
  11. [47:00] The Ice Balloon (Knopf • 2012)

Wednesday, November 19

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.