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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Blue Apron, and Fracture for sponsoring this week's episode.

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.”

Thanks to MailChimp, EA SPORTS FIFA 16, Fracture, and FRONTLINE's "My Brother's Bomber for sponsoring this week's episode.

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.”

Thanks to MailChimp and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

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)

Wednesday, September 9

Longform Podcast #157: Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Harper's. Her latest book is Negroland: A Memoir.

“One of the problems with—burdens of—‘race conversations’ in this country is certain ideological, political, sociological narratives keep getting imposed. This is where the conversation should go, these are the roles we need. In a way, this is the comfort level of my discomfort. ... Maybe we’re all somewhat addicted—I think we are—to certain racial conversations, with their limitations and their conventions.”

Thanks to MailChimp and Casper for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. Brownscast: The Official Podcast of the Cleveland Browns
  2. Jefferson's New York Times archive
  3. [19:00] On Michael Jackson (Pantheon • 2006)
  4. [20:00] "Critic Jefferson Stays in Off-Broadway Negroland through November" (David Lefkowitz • Playbill • Nov 2001)
  5. [29:00] "Thomas Bradshaw by Margo Jefferson: An interview" (BOMB • 2009)
  6. [31:00] The Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (Richard Rodriguez • Bantam Books • 1982)
  7. [31:00] Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (Richard Rodriguez • Penguin • 1993)
  8. [31:00] Brown: The Last Discovery of America (Richard Rodriguez • Penguin • 2002)
  9. [31:00] The Women (Hilton Als • Farrar Straus Giroux • 1996)
  10. [31:00] Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (Mary McCarthy • Harvest/HBJ • 1957)
  11. [35:00] "Ripping Off Black Music From Thomas 'Daddy' Rice to Jimi Hendrix" (Harper's • Jan 1973) [sub req'd]
  12. [40:00] The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed their Workplace (Lynn Povich • Perseus • 2012)
  13. [57:00] "The Reign of Beyoncé" (Vogue • Sept 2015)
  14. [106:00] "Books of the Times: The Scars of Disease, External and Internal" (The New York Times • Sept 1994)

Wednesday, September 2

Longform Podcast #156: Renata Adler

Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her latest collection of nonfiction is After the Tall Timber.

“Unless you're going to be fairly definite, what's the point of writing?”

Thanks to MailChimp, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. Adler on Longform
  2. Adler's New Yorker archive
  3. [7:00] I, Libertine (Theodore Sturgeon • Ballantine Books • 1956)
  4. [8:00] After Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction (Ballantine Books • 2015)
  5. [9:00] "Letter from Selma" (New Yorker • Apr 1965)
  6. [9:00] "Fly Trans-love Airways" (New Yorker • Feb 1967)
  7. [15:00] "Letter from Israel" (New Yorker • Jun 1967) [sub req'd]
  8. [17:00] "Letter from Biafra" (New Yorker • Oct 1969) [sub req'd]
  9. [34:00] Adler's New York Times film reviews archive
  10. [47:00] "An American Original: Excerpts from Pat Moynihan's letters" (Steven Weisman • Vanity Fair • Oct 2010)
  11. [50:00] "The Perils of Pauline" (The New York Review of Books • Aug 1980)
  12. [1:08:00] "Two Trials" (New Yorker • June 1986) [sub req'd]
  13. [1:09:00] Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS, et al; Sharon v. Time (Knopf • 1986)
  14. [1:03] Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker (Simon & Schuster • 1999)
  15. [1:10:00] "Decoding the Starr Report" (Vanity Fair • Dec 1998)
  16. [1:19:00] Canaries in a Mineshaft: Essay on Politics and Media (St. Martin's Press • 2001)

Wednesday, August 26

Longform Podcast #155: S.L. Price

S.L. Price is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.

“The fact is, if you write about sports and people think they're just reading about sports, they'll read about drug use. They'll read about sex. They'll read about sex change. They'll read about communism. They'll read about issues they couldn't possibly care about, issues that if they saw them in any other part of the paper they would just gloss over. But because it's about sports—because there's a boxing ring or a baseball field or a football field—they'll be more patient and you can get some issues under the transom.”

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

Show Notes:

  1. @bySLPrice
  2. Price on Longform
  3. Price's Sports Illustrated archive
  4. [8:00] "Too Slick, Too Loud, Too Successful: Why John Calipari Can't Catch a Break" (Sports Illustrated • Mar 2011)
  5. [9:00] "A Death in the Baseball Family" (Sports Illustrated • Sept 2007)
  6. [9:00] Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America (Ecco • 2009)
  7. [14:00] "Max Lenox's Amazing Journey to Much-Admired Army Hoops Captain" (Sports Illustrated • Nov 2011)
  8. [17:00] "The Damage Done" (Sports Illustrated • Jun 2006)
  9. [18:00] The Staircase (New Video Group • 2005)
  10. [23:00] "Shadow of Shame" (Sports Illustrated • May 1994)
  11. [25:00] "The Heart of Football Beat in Aliquippa: Hope and Despair in a Pennsylvania Mill Town" (Sports Illustrated • Jan 2011)
  12. [28:00] Pitching Around Fidel: A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports (University of Press Florida • 2000)
  13. [28:00] The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba (Picador • 2015)
  14. [32:00] "Diplomacy By Other Means" (Sports Illustrated • May 2004)
  15. [44:00] "The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball" (Bruce Schoenfeld • The New York Times Magazine • July 2014)
  16. [48:00] "The Life and Times of Rick Majerus: The Coach You Didn't Know" (Sports Illustrated • Feb 2015)
  17. [49:00] Longform Podcast #94: Gary Smith (May 2014)

Wednesday, August 19

Longform Podcast #154: William Finnegan

William Finnegan is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.

“I suppose in retrospect I was just trying to find out what the world held that nobody could tell me about until I got there. I was a big reader and had a couple of degrees by that point, but there was something out well over the horizon that I wanted to get near and record and understand, and I even felt like it would transform me.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, SquareSpace, and The Great Courses for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. Finnegan on Longform
  2. Finnegan's New Yorker archive
  3. [6:00] "Playing Doc's Games" (New Yorker • Aug 1992)
  4. [8:00] Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid (Persea • 1986)
  5. [37:00] "The Emergency" (New Yorker • May 1989) [sub req'd]
  6. [38:00] "Getting The Story" (New Yorker • June 1987) [sub req'd]
  7. [40:00] "A Theft in The Library" (New Yorker • Oct 2005) [sub req'd]
  8. [41:00] "Tears of the Sun: A Fortune at the Top of the World" (New Yorker • Apr 2015)
  9. [49:00] Of a Fire on the Moon (Norman Mailer • Grove Press • 1985)

Wednesday, August 12

Longform Podcast #153: Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four-Hour Workweek and The Four-Hour Body.

“If you have a fitness magazine, you can’t just write one issue, ‘Here are the rules!’ ... My job, conversely, is to make myself obsolete. The last thing I want to be is a guru, someone people come to for answers. I want to be the person people come to for better questions.”

Thanks to TinyLetter and The Great Courses for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. @tferriss
  2. Ferriss's blog
  3. Ferriss's podcast
  4. [8:00] "Brigade De Cuisine" (John McPhee • New Yorker • Feb 1979) [sub req'd]
  5. [10:00] "How to Live Like a Rock Star (or Tango Star) in Buenos Aires…" (Four-Hour Workweek • Mar 2007)
  6. [13:00] George Plimpton’s Longform Archive
  7. [20:00] Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character (Richard Feynman • W.W. Norton • 1985)
  8. [22:00] José Aldo MMA Highlights (YouTube)
  9. [24:00] "How Choose Your Adventure Was Born" (Marketplace • Apr 2014)
  10. [30:00] Episode #304: Heretics (This American Life • Dec 2005)
  11. [40:00] "Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide" (Four-Hour Workweek • May 2015)
  12. [49:00] "Tim Ferriss and Amazon Try to Reinvent Publishing" (David Streitfeld • The New York Times • Nov 2012)

Wednesday, August 5

Longform Podcast #152: Carol Loomis

Carol Loomis retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. She continues to edit Warren Buffett's annual report.

“Writing itself makes you realize where there are holes in things. I’m never sure what I think until I see what I write. And so I believe that, even though you’re an optimist, the analysis part of you kicks in when you sit down to construct a story or a paragraph or a sentence. You think, ‘Oh, that can’t be right.’ And you have to go back, and you have to rethink it all.” 

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

Show Notes:

  1. [1:00] "Carol Loomis, Editor for Warren Buffett, Leaves Job After 60 Years" (Christine Haughney • The New York Times • July 2014)
  2. [14:00] "My 51 Years (and Counting) at Fortune" (Fortune • Sep 2005)
  3. [22:00] "You May Be Missing a Bet in Bonds" (Fortune • Sep 1962) [not available online]
  4. [22:00] "Should a Company Promote Its Own Stock?" (Fortune • Dec 1965) [not available online]
  5. [26:00] "The Jones Nobody Keeps Up With" (Fortune • Apr 1966) [pdf]
  6. [32:00] "The Inside Story of Warren Buffett" (Fortune • Apr 1988)
  7. [35:00] "Untangling the Derivatives Mess..." (Fortune • Mar 1995)
  8. [36:00] "The Risk That Won't Go Away" (Fortune • Mar 1994)
  9. [39:00] "Why Carly's Big Bet is Failing" (Fortune • Aug 2011)
  10. [42:00] "The Tragedy of General Motors" (Fortune • Feb 2006)
  11. [43:00] "AOL + TWX=??? Do the Math..." (Fortune • Feb 2000)
  12. [57:00] "BlackRock: The $4.3 Trillion Force" (Fortune • July 2014)

Friday, July 31

Longform Podcast Bonus: Noreen Malone

Noreen Malone wrote "Cosby: The Women — An Unwanted Sisterhood," this week's cover story in New York.

“We interviewed them all separately, and that was what was so striking: they all kept saying the same thing, down to the details of what they say Cosby did and how they processed it. Those echoes were what helped us know how to shape the story.”

Thanks to our sponsor, TinyLetter.

Show Notes:

Wednesday, July 29

Longform Podcast #151: Ian Urbina

Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, just published "The Outlaw Ocean," a four-part series on crime in international waters.

“It is a tribe. It has its norms, its language, and its jealousies. I approached it almost as a foreign country that happened to be disparate, almost a nomadic or exiled population. And one that has extremely strict hierarchies—you know when you’re on a ship that the captain is God.”

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

Show Notes:

Wednesday, July 22

Longform Podcast #150: Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is the public editor of The New York Times.

“Jill Abramson said to me early on, ‘What will happen here is you’ll stick around and eventually you’ll alienate everybody, and then no one will be talking to you, and you’ll have to leave.’ I’m about three-quarters of the way there.”

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

Show Notes:

  1. @Sulliview
  2. [5:00] "One Year Later, 11 Questions for Dean Baquet"(The New York Times • May 2015)
  3. [6:00] The Public Editor's Journal
  4. [7:00] "AnonyWatch" (The New York Times)
  5. [9:00] "The Disconnect on Anonymous Sources" (The New York Times • Oct 2013)
  6. [10:00] "Trend-spotting, With Wink at Mr. Peanut" (The New York Times • March 2014)
  7. [11:00] "...Introducing The Monocle Meter" (The New York Times • Nov 2014)
  8. [11:00] "Women Who Dye Their Armpit Hair" (Andrew Adam Newman • The New York Times • July 2015)
  9. [14:00] "Tennis's Top Women Balance Body Image With Ambition" (Ben Rothenberg • The New York Times • July 2015)
  10. [16:00] "Double Fault on Article about Serena Williams and Body Image?" (The New York Times • July 2015)
  11. [21:00] "Post Ombudsman Will Be Replaced By Reader Representative" (Paul Farhi • The Washington Post • March 2013)
  12. [24:00] "The Conflict and the Coverage" (The New York Times • Nov 2014)
  13. [26:00] "Gender Questions Arise in Obituary of Rocket Scientist and Her Beef Stroganoff" (The New York Times • April 2013)
  14. [29:00] "What Might Leadership Change Mean for Times Readers?" (The New York Times • May 2014)
  15. [31:00] "Diversity, Strong Editing, and Moving Forward From the Shonda Rhimes Furor" (The New York Times • Sept 2014)
  16. [33:00] "Facts, Truth...and May the Best Man Win" (The New York Times • Sept 2012)
  17. [38:00] "Everything I Know About Journalism in 395 Words" (The New York Times • May 2015)