Longform Podcast #194: Pablo S. Torre

Pablo Torre is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine and frequently appears on Around the Horn, PTI, and other ESPN shows.

“Most of my friends are not sports fans. My parents aren't. Brother and sister — no. So I just want to make things that they want to read. That's the big litmus test for me in deciding if a story is worth investing my time into: Is somebody who doesn’t give a shit about sports gonna be interested in this?”

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Show Notes:

  1. @PabloTorre
  2. Pablog
  3. Torre on Longform
  4. [07:00] Torre’s Harvard Crimson Archive
  5. [11:00] "Fuck It We’ll Do It Live!" (YouTube)
  6. [12:00] First Take
  7. [12:00] "Raissman: Who will be Stephen A. Smith’s next foil on ESPN" (Bob Raissman • New York Daily News • Apr 2016)
  8. [17:00] The Longform Guide to Nurses
  9. [21:00] A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Tony Kornheiser • Sports Illustrated • Apr 1983)
  10. [23:00] Around the Horn
  11. [25:00] "How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke" (Sports Illustrated • Mar 2009)
  12. [28:00] "Sympathy for the Devil? Child Homicide, Victim Characteristics, and the Sentencing Preferences of the American Conscience" (Social Science Research Network • Mar 2007)
  13. [33:00] Broke (30 for 30 • Oct 2012)
  14. [35:00] "A Light In the Darkness" (Sports Illustrated • Jun 2010)
  15. [40:00] "Larger Than Real Life" (Sports Illustrated • Jul 2011)
  16. [42:00] "Where Are They Now? Mike Tyson" (Sports Illustrated • Aug 2010)
  17. [43:00] "The Biggest Little Man in the World" (Andrew Corsello • GQ • Mar 2010)
  18. [44:00] "Welcome To Manny’s World" (ESPN the Magazine • Apr 2015)
  19. [45:00] "A Mystery Wrapped Inside An Enigma Shrouded In a Beard" (ESPN the Magazine • Oct 2015)
  20. [45:00] "The Friendship That Divides the NBA" (ESPN the Magazine • May 2016)
  21. [51:00] "Isolation Play" (ESPN the Magazine • Mar 2015)
  22. [53:00] "Kobe Bryant Snaps After Lakers Practice, Calls Team 'Soft Like Charmin'" ( Mike Prada • SB Nation • Dec 2014)

Wednesday, May 18

Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig

Robin Marantz Henig, the author of nine books, writes about science and medicine for The New York Times Magazine.

“I have my moments of thinking, ‘Well, why is this still so hard? Why do I still have to prove myself after all this time?’ If I were in a different field, or if I were even on a staff, I’d have a title that gave me more respect. I still have to wait just as long as any other writer to get any kind of response to a pitch. I still have to pitch. Nothing is automatic, even after all these years of working at this.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Johnson & Johnson, and Audible.


Show Notes:

  1. @robinhenig
  2. robinhenig.com
  3. Henig on Longform
  4. [2:00] "The Mastermind" (Evan Ratliff • The Atavist Magazine • Mar 2016)
  5. [06:00] Vaginal Politics (Quadrangle Books • 1972)
  6. [12:00] Writer’s Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (Robert Lee Brewer • Writer’s Digest Books • 2015)
  7. [17:00] The Longform Guide to Nurses
  8. [16:00] The Myth of Senility: The Truth About the Brain and Aging (Anchor Press • 1981)
  9. [18:00] Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment (Martin Seligman • Free Press • 2002)
  10. [19:00] "AIDS: A New Disease’s Deadly Odyssey" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 1983)
  11. [20:00] "The Deadly Spread of AIDS" (Claudia Wallis • Time • Sep 1982) [sub req'd]
  12. [23:00] "The Genome in Black and White (and Gray)" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2004)
  13. [27:00] "Racing With Sam" (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2005)
  14. [30:00] "A Life-or-Death Situation" (New York Times Magazine • Jul 2013)
  15. [32:00] "The Last Day of Her Life" (New York Times Magazine • May 2015)
  16. [36:00] "The Mysteries of Miscarriage" (Washington Post • Jul 1990)
  17. [36:00] "If ‘Modern Bride’ Is a Has-Been, What Does That Make Me?" (Slate • Oct 2009)
  18. [40:-0] "Visible Bra Straps" (USA Today • Jun 1998)
  19. [41:00] "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2010)
  20. [41:00] Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? (with Samantha Henig • Hudson Street Press • 2012)
  21. [43:00] "Semi-Charmed Life" (Nathan Heller • New Yorker • Jan 2013)
  22. [47:00] "If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?" (Shots • Feb 2015)
  23. [52:00] "Crossing Over: How Science Is Redefining Life and Death" (National Geographic • Apr 2016)

Wednesday, May 11

Longform Podcast #192: Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.

“The government had denied everything we said. We just asked them and they said, ‘Oh no, not true, not true.’ That’s just—it’s all pro forma. You ask them to get their lie and you write their lie. I’m sorry to be so cynical about it, but that’s basically what it comes to.”

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Show Notes:

  1. Hersh on Longform
  2. [2:00] The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (Verso • 2016)
  3. [15:00] "The My Lai Massacre" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Nov 1969)
  4. [15:00] "The Scene of the Crime" (New Yorker • Mar 2015)
  5. [21:00] "Defending the Arsenal" (New Yorker • Nov 2009)
  6. [22:00] "The Deal" (New Yorker • Mar 2004)
  7. [27:00] "Whose Sarin?" (London Review of Books • Dec 2013)
  8. [28:00] "The Red Line and the Rat Line" (London Review of Books • Apr 2014)
  9. [33:00] "The Killing of Osama bin Laden" (London Review of Books • May 2015)
  10. [36:00] Zero Dark Thirty
  11. [40:00] The Longform Guide to Nurses

Wednesday, May 4

Longform Podcast #191: Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers, a former war correspondent, hosts NPR's All Things Considered and the podcast Embedded.

“Listeners want you to be real, a real person. Somebody who stumbles and fails sometimes. I think the more human you are, the more people can then relate to you. The whole point is not so everybody likes me, but it’s so people will want to take my hand and come along. It's so they feel like they trust me enough to come down the road with me. To do that, I feel like you need to be honest and transparent about what that road’s like.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @kellymcevers
  2. McEvers on Longform
  3. [02:00] "How It Ends" (Lenny • Apr 2016)
  4. [06:00] "Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma" (Transom • Jun 2013)
  5. [08:00] "The Capital" (Embedded • Apr 2016)
  6. [25:00] Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East (Nathan Deuel • Disquiet • 2014)
  7. [28:00] All Things Considered
  8. [38:00] Embedded
  9. [39:00] Marketplace
  10. [42:00] "The Fight for the Future of NPR" (Leon Neyfakh • Slate • Apr 2016)
  11. [49:00] "Women of ‘The World’" (with Linnet Myers • Chicago Tribune • Mar 1999)
  12. [49:00] "138: The Real Thing" (This American Life • Aug 1999)

Friday, April 29

Longform Podcast Bonus: Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses "The Mastermind,” his new 7-part serialized story in The Atavist Magazine.

“On several occasions [sources] didn’t want to go into the details of how they were identified. They were just like, ‘My safety is in your hands. Just be careful.’ And I didn’t really know what to do with that. I was sort of trying to balance what to include and what not to include and trying to make these decisions. Will Paul Le Roux know it’s this person? It’s impossible to know. I tried to err on the side of caution, but there’s no ethics hotline you can call and be like, ‘What do I do in this situation?’”

Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for making today's episode possible.

Wednesday, April 27

Longform Podcast #190: Susie Cagle

Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator.

“I don’t really know what it was that made me not quit. I still kind of wonder that. There have been many times over the last couple of years even, as things are taking off in my career, things are going well, I’m writing about wonderful things that are interesting to me, and I still wonder—should I be doing this? What the hell is next year gonna look like?”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @susie_c
  2. susie-c.tumblr.com
  3. [10:00] Cagle’s Curbed San Francisco Archive
  4. [21:00] "The Free and the Antifree" (n+1 Editors • n+1 • Fall 2014)
  5. [21:00] "Freedom Isn’t Antifree; Responding to Privilege" (with Manjula Martin • n+1 • Winter 2015)
  6. [22:00] Who Pays Writers?
  7. [30:00] "Is Wall Street Making a Killing off Cities’ Debt?" (Next City • Oct 2014)
  8. [34:00] "Cartoonist Susie Cagle on Her Tear Gassing and Arrest While Covering Occupy Oakland" (Laura Hudson • Comics Alliance • Nov 2011)
  9. [36:00] "Ledger #1: Spreadsheets > WORK > 2015 > By Gig" (Tiny Letter • Nov 2015)

Wednesday, April 20

Longform Podcast #189: Maciej Ceglowski

Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard. He writes at Idle Words.

“My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it's unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. I like the idea of things on the web being persistent. And more basically, I reject this idea that everything has to be on a really short time scale just because it involves technology. We’ve had these computers around for a while now. It’s time we start treating them like everything else in our lives, where it kind of lives on the same time scale that we do and doesn’t completely fall off the end of the world every three or four years.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Audible, and Casper, and MIT Press for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @baconmeteor
  2. idlewords.com
  3. Ceglowski on Longform
  4. [2:00] Pinboard
  5. [2:00] The Bedbug Registry
  6. [17:00] "The Internet With a Human Face" (YouTube)
  7. [20:00] "Thoreau 2.0" (Idle Words • Sep 2013)
  8. [27:00] The Longform Guide to Sleep (Presented by Casper)
  9. [32:00] "The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel" (Idle Words • Apr 2007)
  10. [40:00] Mimi Smartypants
  11. [41:00] "Send Idle Words to Antarctica" (Kickstarter • Jul 2015)
  12. [46:00] "On Smarm" (Tom Scocca • Gawker • Dec 2013)
  13. [47:00] "The Advertising Bubble" (Idle Words • Nov 2015)

Wednesday, April 13

Longform Podcast #188: Nate Silver

Nate Silver is the founder of FiveThirtyEight and the author of The Signal and the Noise.

“I know in a perfectly rational world, if you make an 80/20 prediction, people should know that not only will this prediction not be right all the time, but you did something wrong if it’s never wrong. The 20% underdog should come through sometimes. People in sports understand that sometimes a 15 seed beats a 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. That’s much harder to explain to people in politics.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @NateSilver538
  2. fivethirtyeight.com
  3. Silver on Longform
  4. [2:00] FiveThirtyEight Podcasts
  5. [2:00] "Why The Dean Scream Sounded So Different On TV" (Jody Avirgan, Clare Malone • FiveThirtyEight)
  6. [10:00] The Burrito Bracket
  7. [12:00] Silver’s Daily Kos Archive
  8. [19:00] The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t (Penguin Books • 2012)
  9. [19:00] "FiveThirtyEight’s 2012 Forecast" (New York Times • Nov 2012)
  10. [45:00] "Donald Trump Is the World’s Greatest Troll" (FiveThirtyEight • Jul 2015)

Wednesday, April 6

Longform Podcast #187: Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert has written for Spin, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of several books, including Eat, Pray, Love.

“I call it the platinum rule. The golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but the platinum rule is even higher: don’t be a dick.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @GilbertLiz
  2. elizabethgilbert.com
  3. Gilbert on Longform
  4. [36:00] "Buckle Bunnies" (Spin • Sep 1994) [Google Books]
  5. [39:00] Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (Riverhead Books • 2006)
  6. [42:00] "The Last American Man" (GQ • Aug 2010)
  7. [42:00] "The Ghost" (GQ • Aug 2010)
  8. [42:00] "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon" (GQ • Jun 2012)
  9. [42:00] "Dumb and Dumber" (Spin • Jul 1995) [Google Books]
  10. [43:00] "Dead Rock West" (Spin • Aug 1996) [Google Books]
  11. [48:58] "Play It Like Your Hair’s On Fire" (GQ • Jun 2002)
  12. [49:00] "Gotta Dance!" (GQ • Dec 1998)
  13. [1:02:00] Pilgrims (Houghton Mifflin • 1997)
  14. [1:09:00] The Signature of All Things (Penguin Group • 2013)
  15. [1:09:00] Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books • 2015)

Wednesday, March 30

Longform Podcast #186: Gabriel Snyder

Gabriel Snyder is the editor-in-chief of The New Republic.

“I had a new job, I was new to the place, and I came to it with a great deal of respect but didn’t feel like I had any special claim to it. But in that moment I realized that there were all of these people who wanted to see the place die. And that the only way The New Republic was going to continue was by someone wanting to see it continue, and I realized I was one of those people now.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Bombas, Harry's, and Trunk Club for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @gabrielsnyder
  2. [03:00] "The Mastermind" (Evan Ratliff • The Atavist Magazine • Mar 2016)
  3. [05:00] Inside
  4. [05:00] "How Journalism’s New Golden Boy Got Thrown Out Of New Republic" (Warren St. John • Observer • May 1998)
  5. [8:00] Longform Podcast #171: Adrian Chen
  6. [17:00] "The New Republic Turns 100 Today. Here’s Our First Issue, Ever." (The New Republic Staff • The New Republic • Nov 2014)
  7. [36:00] The New Republic on Longform
  8. [37:00] "The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens" (Elspeth Reeve • The New Republic • Feb 2016)
  9. [39:00] "First, Let’s Get Rid of All the Bosses" (Roger D. Hodge • The New Republic • Oct 2015)
  10. [39:00] "The Bot Bubble" (Doug Bock Clark • The New Republic • Apr 2015)
  11. [41:00] "Bernie's Complaint" (Joshua Cohen • The New Republic • Feb 2016)
  12. [41:00] "Beyond Good and Evil" (Clancy Martin • The New Republic • Mar 2016)
  13. [41:00] "Lost in Trumplandia" (Patricia Lockwood • The New Republic • Mar 2016)
  14. [43:00] "At War in the Garden of Eden" (Jen Percy • The New Republic • Aug 2015)

Wednesday, March 23

Longform Podcast #185: Ben Smith

Ben Smith is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed.

“I do think as a reporter in general, most of what we deal in is ephemera. And I love that. I mean that’s the business, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I think that’s a plus and something that shapes how you succeed at the job because you realize that this thing you’re writing is about this moment and right now, and about its place in the conversation. It’s not some piece of art to hang on the wall.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Harry's, and Reveal, and Home Chef for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @buzzfeedben
  2. Smith on Longform
  3. [11:00] "Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt on Journalists" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2014)
  4. [11:00] "Donald Trump Secretly Told the New York Times What He Really Thinks About Immigration" (BuzzFeed • Feb 2016)
  5. [11:00] "Why BuzzFeed Doesn’t Do Clickbait" (BuzzFeed • Nov 2014)
  6. [11:00] "What the Longform Backlash Is All About" (Medium • Jan 2014)
  7. [12:00] "What the Hell Happened To Mickey Kaus?" (BuzzFeed • Dec 2015)
  8. [12:00] "Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy’s Mysterious Genius" (BuzzFeed • Apr 2014)
  9. [12:00] "A Personal Middle East Conflict In The Fight For Palestine" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2014)
  10. [12:00] "The Book That Defined Modern Campaign Reporting" (Politico • Dec 2010)
  11. [14:00] "The Boy Wonder of BuzzFeed" (Douglas Quenqua • New York Times • Feb 2013)
  12. [25:00] "Longform Podcast #47: Steve Kandell" (Longform • Jun 2013)
  13. [35:00] "Ben Smith and Jonah Peretti: The Gawker Interview" (J.K. Trotter • Gawker • Apr 2015)
  14. [36:00] "What We’re Doing To Keep Building A Diverse Editorial Operation" (BuzzFeed • Oct 2014)
  15. [39:00] "28 Signs You Were Raised By Persian Parents In America" (Samir Mezrahi • BuzzFeed • Mar 2013)
  16. [40:00] "How Bougie Are You?" (BuzzFeed • Jun 2014)
  17. [40:00] "Longform Podcast #179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton"
  18. [41:00] "13 Top Editors On How They Think About Diversity In Their Newsrooms" (Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton • BuzzFeed • Aug 2014)
  19. [49:00] "29 Things You Only Understand If You’re A Geocacher" (BuzzFeed • May 2014)
  20. [50:00] "The Tennis Racket" (Heidi Blake, John Templon • BuzzFeed • Jan 2016)
  21. [52:00] The Tasty Archive (BuzzFeed)
  22. [52:00] The Nifty Archive (BuzzFeed)
  23. [55:00] "36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump" (McKay Coppins • BuzzFeed • Feb 2014)

Wednesday, March 16

Longform Podcast #184: Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón, a novelist and the co-founder of Radio Ambulante, has written for Harper's, California Sunday, and the New York Times Magazine.

“I’m a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, and I care a lot about my sentences and my prose and all that. But would I be willing to defend my book in a Peruvian prison? That’s a litmus test I think a lot of writers I know would fail.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @DanielGAlarcon
  2. danielalarcon.org
  3. Alarcón on Longform
  4. [3:00] Pop-Up Magazine
  5. [3:00] "Rigoberto" (Harper’s • Jan 2012)
  6. [7:00] War by Candlelight: Stories (Harper Perennial • 2006)
  7. [9:00] "All Politics Is Local" (Harper’s • Feb 2012)
  8. [15:00] At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel (Riverhead Books • 2013)
  9. [17:00] "Let’s Go, Country" (Harper’s • Sep 2006)
  10. [18:00] Etiqueta Negra
  11. [19:-0] "City of Clowns" (New Yorker • Jun 2003)
  12. [19:00] "Grand Mall Seizure" (Alternet • Dec 2004)
  13. [26:00] Lost City Radio (Harper Perennial • 2008)
  14. [28:00] Radio Ambulante
  15. [38:00] "#47 Quit Already!" (Reply All • Dec 2015)
  16. [45:00] "Code Red" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2015)
  17. [47:00] "What Kind of Latino Am I" (Salon • May 2005)
  18. [50:47] "The Contestant" (California Sunday • Oct 2014)
  19. [50:47] "The Contestant" (Radio Ambulante • May 2014)