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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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)

Wednesday, December 9

Longform Podcast #171: Adrian Chen

Adrian Chen is a freelance journalist who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired. His latest article is "Unfollow," about a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

“Twitter and social media get such a bad rep for being full of hate and trolls. And, you know, a lot of the stories I’ve written have probably bolstered that stereotype. I think a lot of people have a lot of anxiety and ambivalence about social media even though they love it—they’re on it all the time—and they’re kind of thinking of it as a vice, as something they should be ashamed of, as bad. But this is a very clear win. It's not some abstract thing you could never measure. No, it’s like, [social media] really did cause her to leave the church.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @AdrianChen
  2. Longform Podcast #13: Adrian Chen
  3. Chen on Longform
  4. [5:00] "Unfollow" (The New Yorker • Nov 2015)
  5. [24:00] "The Agency" (The New York Times Magazine • June 2015)
  6. [37:00] "Don't Be a Stranger" (The New Inquiry • Feb 2013)
  7. [37:00] "The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics And Beheadings Out Of Your Facebook Feed" (Wired • Oct 2014)
  8. [42:00] "The Troll Hunters" (MIT Technology Review• Dec 2014)
  9. [48:00] Vote for your favorite articles of the year in Longform's Best of 2015 Readers' Poll

Friday, December 4

Longform Podcast #170: Aleksandar Hemon at the Miami Book Fair

Aleksandar Hemon is a writer from Bosnia whose fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Granta. His books include The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, and The Book of My Lives.

“For me and for everyone I know, that's the central fact of our lives. It's the trauma that we carry, that we cannot be cured of. The way things are in Bosnia, it's far from over. It's not peace, it's the absence of war. It's always there as a possibility. There's no way to imagine anything beyond a society defined by war.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @aleksandarhemon
  2. aleksandarhemon.com
  3. Hemon on Longform
  4. [1:00] "The Aquarium" (The New Yorker • Oct 2014)
  5. [1:00] The Book of My Lives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2013)
  6. [5:00] The Question of Bruno (Vintage • 2001)
  7. [23:00] Submission (Michel Houellebecq • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2015)

Wednesday, December 2

Longform Podcast #169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair

Chip Kidd is a book designer and author. His most recent book is Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts.

“The curious thing about doing a book cover is that you're creating a piece of art, but it is in service to a greater piece of art that is dictating what you're going to do. I may think I've come up with the greatest design in the world, but if the author doesn't like it, they win. And I have to start over.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @chipkidd
  2. chipkidd.com
  3. [4:00] Kidd's Amazon page
  4. [5:00] Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts (Harry N. Abrams • 2015)
  5. [5:00] "Judge This" (TED Books • 2015)
  6. [11:00] The Cheese Monkeys (Scribner • 2001)
  7. [11:00] The Learners (Workman Publishing Company • 2008)
  8. [11:00] Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design (Scribner • 2008)
  9. [15:00] Lawrence Wright on the Longform Podcast
  10. [16:00] The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright • Knopf • 2008)
  11. [22:00] Charles Burns's Black Hole cover
  12. [31:00] Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (Little Brown and Company • 2004)
  13. [35:00] What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Knopf • 2004)
  14. [35:00] Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack & the Japanese Psyche (The Harvill Press • 2000)

Wednesday, November 25

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)