Wednesday, March 9

Longform Podcast #183: Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino is the deputy editor of Jezebel.

“Insult itself is an opportunity. I’m glad to be a woman, and I’m glad not to be white. I think it’s made me tougher. I’ve never been able to assume comfort or power. I’m just glad. I’m glad, especially as you watch the great white male woke freak-out meltdown that’s happening right now, I’m glad that it’s good to come from below.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @jiatolentino
  2. jiatolentino.tumblr.com
  3. Tolentino on Longform
  4. "The Mastermind" (Evan Ratliff • The Atavist Magazine • Mar 2015)
  5. [08:00] "A Chat with Malcolm Brenner, Man Famous for Having Sex with a Dolphin" (Jezebel • Feb 2015)
  6. [08:00] Wet Goddess (Malcolm J. Brenner • Eyes Open Media • 2009)
  7. [11:00] Tolentino’s Interview With a Virgin Archive (The Hairpin)
  8. [15:00] "Rush After ‘A Rape On Campus’: A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road" (Jezebel • Jan 2015)
  9. [16:00] "No Offense" (Jezebel • Dec 2015)
  10. [18:00] "How Should Asian-Americans Feel About the Peter Liang Protests?" (Jay Caspian Kang • New York Times Magazine • Feb 2016)
  11. [24:00] "Gawker Slammed for Story Outing Conde Nast Exec [Updated]" (Jessica Roy • New York • Jul 2015)
  12. [27:00] "Letter of Recommendation: Cracker Barrel" (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2016)
  13. [28:00] "Cheerleaders For Christ" (Adult • Nov 2014)
  14. [31:00] "What Should We Say About David Bowie and Lori Maddox?" (Jezebel • Feb 2016)
  15. [47:00] "Damn, You’re Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That’s So Freakin Brave and Cool" (Jezebel • Jan 2016)
  16. [48:00] "One Small Step" (D. T. Max • New Yorker • Jan 2016)

Wednesday, March 2

Longform Podcast #182: Heather Havrilesky

Heather Havrilesky writes the Ask Polly advice column for New York and is the author of the upcoming How to Be a Person in the World.

“I don’t give a shit if I succeed or fail or what I do next, I just want to do things that are strange and not sound bitey. I don’t want to be polished. I want to be such a wreck that no one will ever say ‘let’s put her on her own talk show.’”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @hhavrilesky
  2. rabbitblog.com
  3. Havrilesky on Longform
  4. [01:00] "What Romance Really Means After 10 Years of Marriage" (New York • Feb 2016)
  5. [19:00] "’Mad Men’ Finale Recap: ‘The Moon Belongs to Everyone’" (Salon • May 2014)
  6. [20:00] "‘Mad Men’ Cartoon Countdown: The Seventh- and Sixth-to-Last Episodes" (New Yorker • Apr 2015)
  7. [26:00] "Chicks ‘n’ Shit" (Suck • Dec 1995)
  8. [30:00] Havrilesky’s Filler Archive (Suck • 2001)
  9. [36:00] Havrilesky’s Ask Polly Archive at The Awl
  10. [36:00] Ask Polly archive at New York
  11. [44:00] "Katy Perry and the Fear of a Female Planet" (New York • Oct 2015)
  12. [49:00] Mystery Show
  13. [57:00] How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life (Doubleday • 2016)

Wednesday, February 24

Longform Podcast #181: Wesley Yang

Wesley Yang writes for New York and other publications.

“If a person remains true to some part of their experience, no matter what it is, and they present it in full candor, there’s value to that. People will recognize it. Once I knew that was true, I knew I could do this.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @wesyang
  2. [02:00] "Paper Tigers" (New York • May 2011)
  3. [10:00] "The Snakehead" (Patrick Radden Keefe • New Yorker • Apr 2006)
  4. [24:00] "Eddie Huang Against the World" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 2015)
  5. [24:00] "The Face of Seung-Hui Cho" (n+1 • Jun 2011)
  6. [27:00] "The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz" (New York • Feb 2013)
  7. [32:00] "The True Import of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro (For Peppe, Who Will Ultimately Judge Our Efforts)" (Nikki Giovanni)
  8. [42:00] "Longform Podcast #168: Ta-Nehisi Coates" (Nov 2015)
  9. [47:00] "We Out Here" (Harper’s Magazine • Mar 2016)

Wednesday, February 17

Longform Podcast #180: Mishka Shubaly

Mishka Shubaly is the author of I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You and several best-selling Kindle Singles.

“I remember thinking when I was shipwrecked in the Bahamas, ‘I’m going to fucking die here. I’m 24 years old, I’m going to die, and no one will miss me. I’m never going to see my mother again.’ And then the guy with the boat came around the corner and my first thought was ‘Man, this is going to be one hell of a story.’”

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Show Notes:

  1. @MishkaShubaly
  2. mishkashubaly.com
  3. [2:00] I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You: A Life on the Low Road (PublicAffairs • 2016)
  4. [3:00] "Questions Outweigh Answers In Shooting Spree at College" (Anthony DePalma • The New York Times • Dec 1992)
  5. [13:00] Beat the Devil
  6. [18:00] "Bad Dreams" (New York Press • Mar 2008)
  7. [29:00] "Shipwrecked" (Kindle Single • Apr 2011)
  8. [31:00] "The Long Run" (Kindle Single • Oct 2011)
  9. [46:00] Coward’s Path (Invisible Hands Music Limited • 2015)

Wednesday, February 10

Longform Podcast #179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round.

“I’m just trying to follow my curiosities. You know how kids always ask the best questions because they haven’t lost the will to live? I’m just desperately trying to keep that childish curiosity about the world. Is that horribly depressing?”

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Show Notes:

  1. @heavenrants
  2. @brokeymcpoverty
  3. Another Round
  4. [8:00] "1128: Free the McGriddle" (The Black Guy Who Tips • Feb 2016)
  5. [9:00] "Episode 1: Unlearning (with Durga Chew-Bose)" (Another Round • Mar 2015)
  6. [15:00] "Episode 28: Madam Secretary, What’s Good? (with Hillary Clinton)" (Another Round • Oct 2015)
  7. [33:00] "Chatterati" (The Root)
  8. [36:00] "The 45 Most Hilarious Tweets From #BlackBuzzFeed" (BuzzFeed • Jul 2013)
  9. [44:00] "When Taking Anxiety Medication Is a Revolutionary Act" (BuzzFeed • Feb 2015)
  10. [54:00] Forbes 30 Under 30: Heben Nigatu (Forbes • Jan 2016)
  11. [57:00] "The Tennis Racket" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2016)
  12. [1:01:00] "13 Top Editors On How They Think About Diversity in Their Newsrooms" (BuzzFeed • Aug 2014)

Wednesday, February 3

Longform Podcast #178: Michael J. Mooney

Michael J. Mooney is a staff writer at D Magazine and the author of The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle.

“There are some elements of crime stories that are so absurd that it’s funny, and so working on the “How Not to Get Away With Murder” story, it was actually really funny thinking about it for a long time. Until I met Nancy Howard, the woman who was shot in the face and has one eye now. This is her entire life, and it was destroyed. This is not a crime story to her, it’s her life.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @MooneyMichaelJ
  2. michaeljmooney.com
  3. Mooney on Longform
  4. [5:00] "The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever" (D Magazine • Jul 2012)
  5. [10:00] "The Real Girlfriend Experience" (New Times • Sep 2008)
  6. [17:00] "The New Glenn Beck" (D Magazine • Nov 2014)
  7. [23:00] "The Day Kennedy Died" (D Magazine • Nov 2008)
  8. [32:00] "How Not to Get Away With Murder" (D Magazine • Dec 2014)
  9. [33:00] "When Lois Pearson Started Fighting Back" (D Magazine • Jun 2012)
  10. [37:00] "The Legend of Chris Kyle" (D Magazine • Apr 2013)
  11. [42:00] "In the Crosshairs" (Nicholas Schmidle • The New Yorker • Jun 2013)
  12. [44:00] "Blindsided: The Jerry Joseph Basketball Scandal" (GQ • Jun 2011)
  13. [44:00] "The Kid Who Wasn’t There" (Wright Thompson • ESPN • Apr 2012)
  14. [44:00] Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer • Anchor Books • 1997)
  15. [44:30] "Trial By Fire" (David Grann • The New Yorker • Sep 2009)
  16. [50:35] "My Brother, the Murderer" (D Magazine • Jan 2016)
  17. [54:44] "Michael J. Mooney Interview: Unseen Lives" (Andrea Pitzer • Nieman Storyboard • Aug 2009)

Wednesday, January 27

Longform Podcast #177: Alex Perry

Alex Perry, based in England, has covered Africa and Asia for Newsweek and Time. His most recent book is The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free.

“I got a call from one of my editors in 2003 or 2004, and he said something like, ‘You realize someone has died in the first line of every story you’ve filed for the last eight months?’ And my response was, ‘Of course. Isn’t that how we know it’s important?’ It took me a long time to work out that the importance of a story isn’t established only by death.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @PerryAlexJ
  2. alex-perry.com
  3. Perry on Longform
  4. [2:00] The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free (Little, Brown • 2015)
  5. [3:00] The Hunt for Boko Haram (Newsweek Insights • 2014)
  6. [4:00] "Inside the World of Louis Sarno, the Pygmy Chief from New Jersey" (Howard Swains • Newsweek • Apr 2015)
  7. [4:00] "Behind the Scenes in Putin’s Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator" (Ben Judah • Newsweek • Jul 2014)
  8. [27:20] "The Collateral Crisis in Somalia" (Time • Sep 2011)
  9. [44:00] "Once Upon a Jihad" (Newsweek • Jan 2015)
  10. [47:00] HHhH: A Novel (Laurent Binet • Picador • 2013)
  11. [54:00] "The Cocaine Crisis: How the Drug Trade is Ruining West Africa" (Time • Oct 2012)
  12. [54:00] Cocaine Highway: The Lines That Link Our Drug Habit to Terror (Newsweek Insights • 2014)
  13. [56:00] The Quake: The Day Everest Shook Its Bones (Newsweek Insights • 2015)

Wednesday, January 20

Longform Podcast #176: Grant Wahl

Grant Wahl is senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of The Beckham Experiment.

“I said to Balotelli, ‘I know you’re into President Obama. There’s a decent chance that he might read this story.’ He kind of perked up. I don’t think I was deliberately misleading him. There was a chance!”

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Show Notes:

  1. @GrantWahl
  2. Wahl's Sports Illustrated archive
  3. Wahl on Longform
  4. [4:00] "Hidden Damages" (M.R. O'Conner • The Atavist Magazine • Jan 2015)
  5. [19:00] "Home at Last" (William Mack • Sports Illustrated • Mar 1997)
  6. [20:00] "Men on a Mission" (Sports Illustrated • Feb 1997)
  7. [22:00] "The Odd Coupling" (Sports Illustrated • Oct 1997)
  8. [24:00] "Paternity Ward" (Sports Illustrated • May 1998)
  9. [27:00] The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America (Three Rivers Press • 2009)
  10. [28:00] "The Americanization of David Beckham" (Sports Illustrated • Jul 2007)
  11. [34:00] "Mario Balotelli Has a Talent That’s Every Bit as Electric as His Personality" (Sports Illustrated • Aug 2013)
  12. [34:00] "Luis Suarez is the Hottest Player on the Planet, But Can He Keep His Cool?" (Sports Illustrated • Jun 2014)
  13. [41:00] "Ahead of His Class" (Sports Illustrated • Feb 2002)
  14. [41:00] "Ready For Freddy?" (Sports Illustrated • Mar 2004)
  15. [48:00] "Arm Folding: Who Does It the Best?" (Fox Sports • Jun 2015)
  16. [48:00] "What Happened When I Decided to Run for FIFA President" (Sports Illustrated • Apr 2011)

Wednesday, January 13

Longform Podcast #175: Brooke Gladstone

Brooke Gladstone is the host of On the Media and the author of The Influencing Machine.

“I'm not going to get any richer or more famous than I am right now. This is it, this is fine — it's better than I ever expected. I don't have anything to risk anymore. As far as I’m concerned, I want to just spend this last decade, decade and a half, twenty years, doing what I think is valuable. I don’t have any career path anymore. I’m totally off the career path. The beautiful thing is that I just don’t have any more fucks to give.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @OTMBrooke
  2. On the Media
  3. [10:00] "The Case Against the MX" (Inquiry • Aug 1979) [pdf]
  4. [12:00] Fred Kaplan's Slate archive
  5. [22:00] "Vanity Plates" (Bob Garfield • On the Media • Feb 2003)
  6. [24:00] "Reporting Around DHS Opacity" (On the Media • Oct 2013)
  7. [33:00] "The Anatomy of Six Shootings" (On The Media • Aug 2014)
  8. [35:00] The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W. W. Norton & Company • 2011)
  9. [56:00] "Margaret Atwood Writes for the Future" (On the Media • Jun 2015)

Wednesday, January 6

Longform Podcast #174: Venkatesh Rao

Venkatesh Rao is the founder of Ribbonfarm and the author of Breaking Smart.

“I would say I was blind and deaf and did not know anything about how the world worked until I was about 25. It took until almost 35 before I actually cut loose from the script. The script is a very, very powerful thing. The script wasn’t working for me.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @vgr
  2. Ribbonfarm
  3. Rao on Longform
  4. [3:00] "Seeking Density in the Gonzo Theater" (Ribbonfarm • Jan 2012)
  5. [5:00] "You Are Not an Artisan" (Ribbonfarm • July 2013)
  6. [6:00] Breaking Smart: Season 1
  7. [11:00] "Why Software Is Eating the World" (Marc Andreessen • Wall Street Journal • Aug 2011)
  8. [19:00] Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (Philip E. Tetlock • Crown • 2015)
  9. [31:00] "The End of History?" (Francis Fukuyama • The National Interest • 1989) [pdf]
  10. [39:00] Quora
  11. [48:00] "Deep Play" (Aeon • Nov 2013)
  12. [48:00] "The American Cloud" (Aeon • July 2013)
  13. [48:00] "Why Solving Climate Change Will Be Like Mobilizing for War" (The Atlantic • Oct 2015)

Wednesday, December 23

Longform Podcast #173: Doug McGray

Doug McGray is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of California Sunday and Pop-Up.

“Your life ends up being made up of the things you remember. You forget most of it, but the things that you remember become your life. And if you can make something that someone remembers, then you’re participating in their life. There’s something really meaningful about that. It feels like something worth trying to do.”

Thanks to MailChimp, Smart People Podcast, Howl, and CreativeLive for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @dougmcgray
  2. douglasmcgray.com
  3. Pop-Up Magazine
  4. McGray on Longform
  5. California Sunday on Longform
  6. [11:00] "The Invisibles" (West • Apr 2006)
  7. [14:00] "Episode 329: Nice Work If You Can Get It" (This American Life • Apr 2007)

Wednesday, December 16

Longform Podcast #172: Kliph Nesteroff

Kliph Nesteroff writes for WFMU's Beware of the Blog. His book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy, was released in November.

“Well, comedy always becomes stale. Whether it’s offensive or not offensive, it has an expiry date, unfortunately. A lot of people don’t want to hear this because that means a lot of their favorite comedians suddenly become irrelevant. But that’s the history of comedy: the hippest, coolest guy today—whoever that is to you in comedy—50 years from now, the new generation is going to say, ‘That guy’s not funny, and he’s square.’ And they’re going to say, ‘This new young guy is funny.’ But in another 50 years that guy becomes the square who isn’t funny. And it’s not that they weren’t funny and everybody was wrong; it was that that person was relating to their time.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @ClassicShowbiz
  2. Nesteroff on Longform
  3. [1:00] The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy (Grove Press • 2015)
  4. [14:00] Monty Python: Live at Drury Lane (Charisma • 1974)
  5. [14:00] Stan Freberg with the Original Cast (Capitol • 1959)
  6. [14:00] Wayne and Shuster: In Person Comedy Performance (Columbia • 1960)
  7. [15:00] Vaughn Meader: The First Family (Cadence • 1962)
  8. [21:00] "Episode 314: Kliph Nesteroff" (WTF • Sept 2012)
  9. [28:00] "A History of Christian Archie Comics" (2005)
  10. [28:00] "American Idol" (Jim Windolf • Vanity Fair • Nov 2006)
  11. [30:00] WFMU
  12. [31:00] "The Christian Action Films of Erik Estrada" (WFMU's Beware of the Blog • Nov 2006)
  13. [32:00] "The Forgotten Murray Roman" (WFMU's Beware of the Blog • Nov 2007)
  14. [48:00] "Destination Subconscious: Cary Grant and LSD" (WFMU's Beware of the Blog • Mar 2010)