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:

  1. @tanehisicoates
  2. Longform Podcast #7: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Longform Podcast #97: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Coates on Longform
  5. Coates' The Atlantic archive
  6. [5:00] "A Letter To My Son" (The Atlantic • Jul 2015)
  7. [12:00] "To Raise, Love, and Lose a Black Child" (The Atlantic • Oct 2014)
  8. [12:00] "The Case for Reparations" (The Atlantic • June 2014)
  9. [31:00] Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow • Random House • 1975)
  10. [33:00] The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin • Dial Press • 1963)
  11. [38:00] "The Really Big One" (Kathryn Schulz • New Yorker • July 2015)
  12. [40:00] "The Black Experience Isn't Just About Men" (Shani O. Hilton • Buzzfeed • July 2015)
  13. [42:00] "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration" (The Atlantic • Oct 2015)
  14. [47:00] "Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel" (George Gene Gustines • New York Times • Sept 2015)
  15. [53:00] "'This Is How We Lost to the White Man': The Audacity of Bill Cosby's Black Conservatism" (The Atlantic • May 2008)
  16. [54:00] "American Girl" (The Atlantic • Jan/Feb 2009)
  17. [59:00] "How ESPN's Fear Of The Truth Defeated 'Black Grantland'" (Greg Howard • Deadspin • Oct 2015)

Wednesday, November 18

Longform Podcast #167: Kurt Andersen

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 myself as a risk-taker. Then I did this risky thing that shouldn't have succeeded, I started this magazine. And it did encourage me to think, ‘Eh, how bad can it be if it fails? Sometimes these long shots work. So fuck it, try it.’”

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Show Notes:

  1. @KBAndersen
  2. kurtandersen.com
  3. Andersen on Longform
  4. [2:00] The Spy Magazine archive on Google Books
  5. [12:00] Private Eye
  6. [19:00] "Felkerism" (New York • Jul 2008)
  7. [25:00] "When a Magazine Is Too Brash for the Bottom Line" (Robin Pogrebin • New York Times • Sep 1996)
  8. [28:00] Turn of the Century (Random House • 1999)
  9. [28:00] Heyday (Random House • 2007)
  10. [31:00] "The Digital Bubble " (New Yorker • Jan 1998)
  11. [33:00] "Inside Out" (Ken Auletta • New Yorker • May 2006)
  12. [40:00] Studio 360
  13. [42:00] "Lily Tomlin's Audacious Life" (Studio 360 • Aug 2015)
  14. [54:00] "Here Is New York" (E.B. White • 1949) [pdf]

Sunday, November 15

Wednesday, November 11

Longform Podcast #166: Ed Caesar

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 a really horrific situation. People were being killed in the street in front of us. People were firing weapons in all directions. It was really chaotic and quite scary. It freaked me out. And I thought, ‘Actually, there's not a huge amount more of this I want to do in my life.’”

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Show Notes:

  1. @edcaesar
  2. edcaesar.co.uk
  3. Caesar on Longform
  4. [2:00] "House of Secrets" (New Yorker • Jun 2015) [sub req'd]
  5. [3:00] "Congo: The Horror" (GQ (UK) • Jan 2010)
  6. [3:00] "Tehran Nights" (GQ (UK) • Jun 2009)
  7. [4:00] We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (Philip Gourevitch • Picador 1999)
  8. [5:00] "Blood Oil" (Sebastian Junger • Vanity Fair • Jun 2009)
  9. [7:00] "The Visit: Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Life Inside" (The Independent • Sep 2011)
  10. [7:00] "Jon Bon Jovi" (The Independent • May 2006)
  11. [10:00] The Guardian Long Read
  12. [17:00] "Hell Is Other People" (GQ (UK) • May 2014)
  13. [22:00] Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Simon & Schuster • 2015)
  14. [23:00] "Sammy Wanjiru: The Runner They Left Behind" (Sunday Times Magazine • Nov 2011)

Wednesday, November 4

Longform Podcast #165: Jazmine Hughes

Jazmine Hughes is an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and The New Republic.

“You hope that one day when you’re the editor-in-chief of Blah Blah Blah that you’ll wake up and be like, ‘Okay, I deserve my job.’ But so far I haven’t met anyone who has told me that they feel that way. But, I will say, I don’t talk to white men a lot.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @jazzedloon
  2. [3:00] "I Bled Through My Pants My First Day Working for the The New York Times" (Lenny • Oct 2015)
  3. [7:00] "Do You Have Impostor Syndrome?" (The Hairpin• Nov 2014)
  4. [15:00] "I Dressed Like Cookie from Empire for a Week to Get Over My Imposter Syndrome" (Cosmopolitan• Oct 2015)
  5. [23:00] "How Many White People Does It Take to Ruin a Good Joke? (The New Republic • Sept 2015)
  6. [24:00] The Secret Fantasies of Adults (New Yorker • Nov 2014)
  7. [26:00] I'm Black, He's White. Who Cares? I Do, Actually. (Jezebel • Aug 2013)
  8. [38:00] "The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison" (Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah • New York Times Magazine • April 2015)
  9. [42:00] "One Big Question" archive (The Hairpin• Sept 2015)
  10. [42:00] I Love Myself When I'm Laughing and Then Again When I am Looking Mean and Impressive (Zora Neale Hurston • The Feminist Press at CUNY • 1979)

Wednesday, October 28

Longform Podcast #164: Lena Dunham

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 be a really healthy way to utilize your energy and stay productive while not feeling entrapped. But at the end of the day, the time when I feel like life is most just, like, flying by and I don't even know what's happening to me is when I'm writing prose. It's such an intimate relationship that you're having. When you're writing a script, you're making a blueprint for something that doesn't exist yet. But when you're writing prose, the thing exists immediately. And that's really satisfying. It's the best place to go for my deepest and most in-the-now concerns.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @lenadunham
  2. Dunham on Longform
  3. [2:00] "Women of the Hour," Dunham's new podcast (iTunes)
  4. [10:00] "Seeing Nora Everywhere" (New Yorker • Jun 2012)
  5. [11:00] "First Love" (New Yorker • Aug 2012)
  6. [21:00] "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?" (Jennifer Lawrence • Lenny • Oct 2015)

Wednesday, October 21

Longform Podcast #163: Matthew Shaer

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 turn off the freelance switch in my head. I could not not be thinking about these different types of stories. My Google Alert list looks like a serial killer's.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @matthewshaer
  2. matthewshaer.com
  3. Shaer on Longform
  4. [12:00] "A Shtetl Divided" (Harper's • Jan 2011) [sub req'd]
  5. [15:00] Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights (Wiley & Sons • 2011)
  6. [18:00] "A Monster Among the 'From'" (New York • Dec 2011)
  7. [24:00] "The Orthodox Hit Squad" (GQ • Sept 2014)
  8. [27:00] "Whatsoever Things Are True" (Atavist • Sept 2015)
  9. [46:00] "How Thailand's Most Notorious Prison Became a Fight Club" (Men's Journal• Apr 2014)
  10. [47:00] "Freedom Fighters" (Hemispheres• Nov 2013)

Wednesday, October 14

Longform Podcast #162: John Seabrook

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 social media spot to hang out or the latest slang words that are thrown around. It’s going to be the old eternal verities of structural integrity. So much of it is narrative and figuring out the tricks—and they are tricks, really—that make it go as a narrative. And that’s really the most interesting thing. Because you never ultimately have a formula that goes from piece to piece; it’s always going to have to be rediscovered every time you work on a long piece. And that’s kind of fun.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @jmseabrook
  2. Seabrook on Longform
  3. Seabrook's New Yorker archive
  4. [3:00] The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (W. W. Norton • 2015)
  5. [11:00] "The Doctor Is In" (New Yorker • Oct 2013)
  6. [20:00] "Blank Space: What Kind of Genius is Max Martin?" (New Yorker • Sept 2015)
  7. [31:00] "E-mail from Bill" (New Yorker • Jan 1994)
  8. [45:00] Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, The Marketing of Culture (Vintage • 2001)
  9. [46:00] "Crush Point" (New Yorker • Feb 2011)
  10. [46:00] "The Flash of Genius" (New Yorker • Jan 1993)
  11. [55:00] "Factory Girls" (New Yorker • Oct 2012)
  12. [56:00] "The Song Machine" (New Yorker • Mar 2012)

Wednesday, October 7

Longform Podcast #161: Karina Longworth

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 thing that’s exciting about it is that it’s research, and it’s reportage, and it’s criticism. But it’s also art. It’s creatively done. It’s drama. It consciously tries to engage people on that emotional level.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @KarinaLongworth
  2. Longworth on Longform
  3. Longworth's LA Weekly archive
  4. vidiocy.com
  5. [8:00] Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor (Phaidon Press • 2014)
  6. [8:00] Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997 (Princeton Architectural Press • 2014)
  7. [15:00] Holy Motors (Leos Carax • Arte Cinema • 2012)
  8. [18:00] "1: The Hard Hollywood Life of Kim Novak" (You Must Remember This • Mar 2014)
  9. [26:00] "7: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 1" (You Must Remember This • June 2014)
  10. [32:00] "33: Star Wars Episode VII: Lena Horne" (You Must Remember This • Feb 2015)
  11. [33:00] "28: Star Wars Episode II: Carole Lombard and Clark Gable" (You Must Remember This • Jan 2015)
  12. [34:00] "44: Charles Manson's Hollywood: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Manson Murders, Part 1" (You Must Remember This • May 2015)
  13. [36:00] Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Jeff Guinn • Simon and Schuster • 2013)

Wednesday, September 30

Longform Podcast #160: Jessica Hopper

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 have an agenda. You can’t read my writing and not know that I have a staunch fucking agenda at all times.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @jesshopp
  2. Hopper on Longform
  3. Hopper's Pitchfork archive
  4. [28:00] "Review of Superchunk's I Hate Music" (Brandon Stosuy • Pitchfork • Aug 2013)
  5. [35:00] "The Passion of David Bazan" (Chicago Reader • July 2009)
  6. [39:00] "How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2013)
  7. [39:00] "Read the 'Stomach-Churning' Sexual Assault Accusations Against R.Kelly In Full" (The Village Voice • Dec 2013)
  8. [41:00] "Deconstructing Lana Del Rey" (Spin • Jan 2012)
  9. [48:00] The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books • 2015)
  10. [50:00] "Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn't 'count'?" (Twitter • Aug 2015)
  11. [52:00] "Where The Girls Aren't" (Rookie • July 2015)
  12. [55:00] Hopper's keynote at BIGSOUND (YouTube)

Wednesday, September 23

Longform Podcast #159: Ira Glass

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.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @iraglass
  2. Out on the Wire (Jessica Abel • Broadway Books • 2015)
  3. [10:00] "1: New Beginnings" (This American Life • Nov 1995)
  4. [14:00] Serial
  5. [21:00] "75: Kindness of Strangers" (This American Life • Nov 1995)
  6. [27:00] Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
  7. [28:00] "480: Human Sacrifice" (This American Life • Nov 2012)
  8. [30:00] "562: The Problem We All Live With" (Nikole Hannah-Jones • This American Life • July 2015)
  9. [31:00] "564: Too Soon" (This American Life • Aug 2015)
  10. [31:00] "565: Lower 9+10" (This American Life • Aug 2015)
  11. [35:00] "513: 129 Cars" (This American Life • Dec 2013)
  12. [53:00] Longform Podcast #124: Alex Blumberg
  13. [54:00] Conan's Farewell Speech

Wednesday, September 16

Longform Podcast #158: Peter Hessler

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 blank slate in my mind. …I wasn’t a reporter when I went to Fuling, but I was thinking like a reporter or even like a sociologist: try to respond to what you see and what you hear, and not be too oriented by things you’ve heard from others or things you may have read. Be open to new perceptions of the place or of the people.”

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Show Notes:

  1. Hessler on Longform
  2. Hessler's New Yorker archive
  3. [14:00] "Boomtown Girl" (New Yorker • May 2001)
  4. [21:00] Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China (HarperCollins • 2006)
  5. [21:00] "Travels With My Censor" (New Yorker • Mar 2015)
  6. [24:00] "Dr. Don" (New Yorker • Sept 2011)
  7. [25:00] "Tales of the Trash" (New Yorker • Oct 2014)