Wednesday, July 9

Longform Podcast #99: John Heilemann

John Heilemann is the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and the co-author of Game Change and Double Down.

"If you're a writer, and you're not an asshole, you want the maximum number of people to read your stuff. There's nothing wrong with that. There's no great glory in cultivating some niche audience. I do this work because I believe in what I'm doing. I'm not trying to compromise my principles or my standards to get a larger audience. But once I've written the thing of which I feel confident and proud, which I feel is ethically and journalistically sound, I then want the maximum number of people to read it."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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The 50,000-word story of Microsoft’s antitrust case.

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A reporter encounters the echoes of family and the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi.

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The dispute over what may be the biggest sunken treasure ever found – and who gets to keep it.

Tuesday, July 8

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A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.

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An essay on understanding our character, worth, and limits.

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“Does your life have a plot? It has characters. There is a narrative. There’s a lot of story, a lot of character. But plot? Eh, no.”

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A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

Monday, July 7

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How Javaris Crittenton went from basketball phenom to standing trial on a murder charge.

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There's an angel saving jumpers on an infamous bridge in China.

Previously: Michael Paterniti on the Longform Podcast.

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A profile of Nora Sandigo, guardian to hundreds of kids born in America to illegal immigrants.