Wednesday, June 3

Longform Podcast #144: Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things.

“There's a long history, of women especially, saying 'Well, I just got lucky.' I didn't just get lucky. I worked my fucking ass off. And then I got lucky. And if I hadn't worked my ass off, I wouldn't have gotten lucky. You have to do the work. You always have to do the work.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Trunk Club, and HP Matter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @CherylStrayed
  2. cherylstrayed.com
  3. The Complete Dear Sugar Archive
  4. Strayed on Longform
  5. [1:00] Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf • 2012)
  6. [1:00] Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (Vintage • 2012)
  7. [4:00] "Dear Sugar #44: How You Get Unstuck" (The Rumpus • July 2010)
  8. [9:00] "What Wild Has Wrought" (Nicholas Kristof • May 2015 )
  9. [13:00] Torch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2006)
  10. [28:00] "Dear Sugar #48: Write Like a Motherfucker" (The Rumpus • Aug 2010)
  11. [28:00] "Write Like a Motherfucker" coffee mug
  12. [1:11:00] Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer • Random House • 1996)
  13. [1:13:00] "Oprah Talks to Cheryl Strayed" (O Magazine • July 2012)

Wednesday, May 27

Longform Podcast #143: Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen has written for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and others. Her book about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, came out in April.

“The moment she said it, it was obvious that I'd been created to write this story. I'd covered both wars in Chechnya. I'd covered a lot of terrorism. I'd studied terrorism. And I'd been a Russian-speaking immigrant in Boston, which actually is the most important qualification for writing this book. It didn't give me special knowledge, but it gave me a lot of questions that I knew to ask that other people wouldn't.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @mashagessen
  2. Gessen on Longform
  3. [1:00] The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy (Riverhead Books • 2015)
  4. [34:00] Longform Podcast #30: Keith Gessen
  5. [48:00] Blood Matters (Harcourt • 2008)
  6. [50:00] Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (Riverhead Books • 2014)
  7. [50:00] The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Riverhead Books • 2012)
  8. [50:00] Dead Again (Verso • 1997)

Wednesday, May 20

Longform Podcast #142: Sarah Maslin Nir

Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter for The New York Times, recently published an exposé of labor practices in the nail salons of New York.

“The idea of a discount luxury is an oxymoron. And it’s an oxymoron for a reason: because someone is bearing the cost of that discount. In nail salons it’s always the person doing your nails, my investigation found. That has put a new lens on the world for me.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Trunk Club, and Aspiration for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @SarahMaslinNir
  2. sarahmaslinnir.flavors.me
  3. [1:00] "The Price of Nice Nails" (New York Times • May 2015)
  4. [1:00] "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers" (New York Times • May 2015)
  5. [12:00] "Saying Court Win Helps, Nail Salon Workers Rally" (New York Times • Apr 2012)
  6. [30:00] "Fighting a McDonald’s in Queens for the Right to Sit. And Sit. And Sit." (New York Times • Jan 2014)
  7. [37:00] Nocturnalist archive
  8. [38:00] "Alec Baldwin: Actor, Charmer, Fish Deboner" (New York Times • Jun 2011)
  9. [44:00] "City Agencies to Investigate Nail Salons, Mayor Says" (New York Times • May 2015)
  10. [47:00] "The Economics of New York’s Low Nail-Salon Prices" (James Surowiecki • New Yorker • May 2015)

Wednesday, May 13

Longform Podcast #141: Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week.

“I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this idea that if you quit something, if you don’t see something through to completion then you’re a loser, you’re a failure. I just think that’s a crazy way to look at things. But it’s also easy to overlook opportunity costs. Like, what could I be doing instead?”

Thanks to this week's sponsors: TinyLetter, HP Matter, The Great Courses, and Aspiration.


Show Notes:

  1. stephenjdubner.com
  2. Dubner on Longform
  3. [2:00] "The Desert Blues" (Joshua Hammer • The Atavist Magazine • May 2015)
  4. [3:00] When to Rob a Bank (with Steven D. Levitt • William Morrow • May 2015)
  5. [11:00] "When Numbers Solve a Mystery" (Steven Landsburg • The Wall Street Journal • Apr 2005)
  6. [13:00] "Do Parents Matter?" (with Steven D. Levitt • USA Today • May 2005)
  7. [13:00] "The Probability That a Real-Estate Agent Is Cheating You (and Other Riddles of Modern Life)" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2003)
  8. [16:00] "Steven the Good" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 1999)
  9. [16:00] Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief (Harper Perennial • 2006)
  10. [25:00] Freakonomics: The Movie (Magnolia Pictures • 2010)
  11. [42:00] Freakonomics Radio
  12. [43:00] "I'm Stephen Dubner, Co-Author of Freakonomics, and This Is How I Work" (Lifehacker • Sep 2014)
  13. [44:00] "Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast" (Freakonomics • Oct 2014)

Wednesday, May 6

Longform Podcast #140: George Quraishi

George Quraishi is the co-founder and editor of Howler.

“We raised $69,001. And that paid for the first issue. I call it subsistence magazine making, because every issue pays for the next one.”

Thanks to this week's sponsors: TinyLetter, Squarespace, The Great Courses, and Aspiration.


Show Notes:

  1. @quraishi
  2. georgequraishi.com
  3. [23:00] "Dispatches From the World Cup" (Luke O'Brien • Slate • Jun 2006)
  4. [23:00] "The Beast Of Brazil: A Savage Trip To The Dark Heart Of The World Cup" (Luke O'Brien • Howler • Nov 2014)
  5. [23:00] "The Miami Connection" (Robert Andrew Powell • Howler • Mar 2015)
  6. [24:00] This Love Is Not For Cowards (Robert Andrew Powell • Bloomsbury • 2012)
  7. [42:00] "I'm George Quraishi. Ask Me Anything." (Reddit • Nov 2014)
  8. [50:00] Quraishi on Fusion

Wednesday, April 29

Longform Podcast #139: Andy Greenwald

Andy Greenwald covers television for Grantland.

“People are enthusiastic about TV. People want to read about it. They want to talk about it. They want to know more. They want to extend its presence in their lives. People used to talk about the water cooler show, but the internet is that water cooler now and people want to be part of the conversation.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Two5six Festival, The Great Courses, and Aspiration for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @andygreenwald
  2. Greenwald's Grantland archive
  3. [26:00] "The Bottom of the Glass: Legacy and the Last Season of ‘Mad Men’" (Grantland • Apr 2015)
  4. [28:00] "‘Hollywood Prospectus Podcast’: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘Batman v Superman’" (Grantland • Apr 2015)
  5. [30:00] "‘Empire’ Records: Fox’s New Music-Mogul Drama Embraces Its Soapy Heart" (Grantland • Jan 2015)
  6. [33:00] "Marco … YOLO! Why Netflix Spent $90 Million on Its (Terrible) New Series" (Grantland • Dec 2014)
  7. [40:00] Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO (St. Martin's Griffin • 2003)
  8. [41:00] Miss Misery (Simon Spotlight Entertainment • 2005)

Wednesday, April 22

Longform Podcast #138: Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek.

“Nigeria is a deeply sexist country. It can be difficult for people to take you seriously. But that also has its benefits, because it’s very easy to disarm your subjects. If I’m interviewing people who underestimate me, I can get them to open up because they somehow think that I’m naïve or I don’t know what I’m doing. So I don’t mind if some sexist general or banker thinks I’m this young little student who doesn’t know what she’s talking about. As long as you tell me what I want to know, it’s great.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @alexis_ok
  2. alexisokeowo.com
  3. Okeowo on Longform
  4. [7:00] "Nigeria’s Stolen Girls" (New Yorker • Apr 2014)
  5. [19:00] "Inside the Vigilante Fight Against Boko Haram" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2014)
  6. [31:00] "Freedom Fighter" (New Yorker • Sep 2014)
  7. [33:00] "Lagos Must Prosper" (Granta • Apr 2015)
  8. [51:00] "How the Lord’s Resistance Army Forced Captives to Become Couples" (FT Weekend Magazine • Jul 2013)

Wednesday, April 15

Longform Podcast #137: Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Grantland, and more.

“You have this sense that you’re bonding, but at the same time you're also going to betray them. Because if you hear this quote that they say or you see it in a mannerism, you write it in your notebook and you think ‘I got it.’”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @rachsyme
  2. rachelsyme.com
  3. [4:00] "The Broad Strokes" (Grantland • Jan 2014)
  4. [4:00] "Azealia Banks on Why No One Really Wants to See Her Naked, Her Impure Thoughts About Barack Obama and Why She's 'Not Here to Be Your Idol'" (Billboard • Apr 2015)
  5. [5:00] "Id Girls" (Nick Paumgarten • New Yorker • Jun 2014)
  6. [7:00] TLC's Kickstarter
  7. [29:00] "Laura Marling Bids Goodbye to All That" (T Magazine • Mar 2015)

Wednesday, April 8

Longform Podcast #136: Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money.

“It's the result of listening, of feeling listened to, that people open up. I look like a crazy person when I do interviews, because sometimes someone will be describing something and I will close my eyes and try to picture what they’re telling me. And if I can’t picture the moment they’re describing I’ll just try to dig in a little bit more.”

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


Show Notes:

  1. @annasale
  2. annasale.com
  3. [3:00] The Atavist Magazine
  4. [3:00] "Operation Red Falcon" (Ronen Bergman • The Atavist Magazine • Apr 2015)
  5. [4:00] Another Round with Heben & Tracy
  6. [7:00] "This Senator Saved My Love Life"
  7. [10:00] "Brooklyn Left Me Broke and Tired"
  8. [15:00] "How to Be a Man With Bill Withers"
  9. [32:00] "Living Alone and Liking It. Sometimes."
  10. [32:00] "Cheating Happens."
  11. [38:00] "Ellen Burstyn's Lessons on Survival"

Wednesday, April 1

Longform Podcast #135: Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is a war correspondent and novelist. He’s written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and more.

“I really feel that what’s at the root of so many wars now, modern wars, unconventional wars, it really just comes down to a bunch of young guys with access to guns coming up with a pretext to rape and murder and pillage and steal from their neighbors.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, MarketingProfs, and WealthFront for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. Anderson on Longform
  2. [5:00] The Man Who Tried to Save the World (Doubleday • 1999)
  3. [5:00] "Prisoner of War" (Harper’s • Jan 1997) [sub required]
  4. [5:00] War Zones (with Jon Lee Anderson • Dodd Mead • 1988)
  5. [14:00] "What Happened to Fred Cuny?" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 1996)
  6. [19:00] "The Hunger Warriors" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2001)
  7. [29:00] "Besieged" (New York Times Magazine • Sep 2006)
  8. [34:00] "None Dare Call It a Conspiracy" (GQ • Sep 2009)
  9. [35:00] "Why 'GQ' Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story" (David Folkenflik • NPR • Sep 2009)
  10. [41:00] Lawrence in Arabia (Doubleday • 2013)
  11. [50:00] "Bringing It All Back Home" (New York Times Magazine • May 2006)
  12. [52:00] "Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents. Is That Enough?" (New York Times Magazine • Jul 2012)
  13. [55:00] "The Great Paper Caper" (Wells Tower • GQ • Oct 2014)
  14. [58:00] "Life in the Valley of Death” (New York Times Magazine • May 2014)

Wednesday, March 25

Longform Podcast #134: Dayna Tortorici

Dayna Tortorici is the editor of n+1.

“You can't fetishize conflict so much. Because conflict does generate a lot of good work, but it also inhibits a lot of good work. I think people do their best work when they feel good. Or at least don't feel like shit. ... So I've tried to create a culture of mutual encouragement. Especially when you're not paying anybody, that's all you can really offer.”

Thanks to TinyLetter and Wealthfront for sponsoring this week's show.


Show Notes:

  1. @dtortorici
  2. nplusonemag.com
  3. [2:00] Longform Podcast #30: Keith Gessen
  4. [19:00] "Hands Up: A Roundtable on Police Brutality" (Cosme Del-Rosario Bell, Elias Rodriques, Doreen St. Felix, Dayna Tortorici • n+1 • Nov 2014)
  5. [19:00] No Regrets
  6. [25:00] "Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America"
  7. [39:00] What Was the Hipster?
  8. [51:00] Subscribe to n+1

Wednesday, March 18

Longform Podcast #133: Adam Platt

Adam Platt is the restaurant critic for New York.

“My job was described to me recently as ‘the last great job of the 20th century.’ I think there might be something to that.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda, Casper, and Wealthfront for sponsoring this week's show.


Show Notes:

  1. @plattypants
  2. [1:00] Longform Podcast #43: Margalit Fox
  3. [12:00] "Apple of the Times" (New Yorker • Jan 1993) [sub required]
  4. [12:00] "Messing About" (New Yorker • Mar 1993) [sub required]
  5. [18:00] "The Apotheosis of Fresh" (New York • Dec 2009)
  6. [41:00] "Restaurants" A review of Le Cirque (Ruth Reichl • The New York Times • Oct 1993)
  7. [43:00] "Hi, I'm Adam Platt, Your Restaurant Critic" (New York • Dec 2013)