Wednesday, March 19

Longform Podcast #84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.

"I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that result in really bad actions. My lack of outrage actually is one of the things that probably helps me in my reporting because I really am propelled by this pure curiosity. ... I just want to know, 'Where did that come from?'"

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Show notes:

  1. @SabrinaRErdely
  3. Erdely on Longform
  4. [3:00] Longform Podcast #77: Dan P. Lee
  5. [3:00] Longform Podcast #24: Stephen Rodrick
  6. [12:45] "The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2014)
  7. [17:15] "Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire" (Rolling Stone • Apr 2011)
  8. [22:45] "The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2013)
  9. [27:45] "One Town's War on Gay Teens" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2012)
  10. [34:45] "The Poorest Rich Kids in the World" (Rolling Stone • Aug 2013)
  11. [35:00] "About a Girl: Coy Mathis' Fight to Change Gender" (Rolling Stone • Oct 2013)
  12. [37:15] "The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files" (Rolling Stone • Sep 2011)
  13. [51:45] "I'll Be Damned" (Philadelphia • Jun 1999) [pdf]
  14. [51:45] "Who Is the Boy in the Box?" (Philadelphia • Nov 2003) [pdf]
  15. [52:00] "Intimate Intimidation" (Philadelphia • Apr 1996) [pdf]
  16. [53:45] "Why I Finally Left" (Good Housekeeping • Mar 2011) [pdf]
  17. [1:00:15] "The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed" (Rolling Stone • Mar 2008) [pdf]
  18. [1:01:15] "The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League" (Rolling Stone • Jun 2009) [pdf]
  19. [1:02:30] "The Creep With the Golden Tongue" (GQ • Aug 2003) [pdf]

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