Wednesday, June 4

Longform Podcast #95: Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers film at Grantland.

"That's what writing about race and popular culture is for me: it's crime reporting. It's not me looking for an agenda when I go to the movies ... but I feel a moral responsibility to report a crime being committed. That's what I'm forced to do over and over again."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, Warby Parker and TinyLetter.

Show Notes »

The Creative Mastermind

An interview with Curtis Mayfield.


Being Gay in Iran

Coming out in a country where that can get you killed.


The Book on Publishing

The decade-long journey of a novel–Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding–through the unpredictable world of book publishing.

Tuesday, June 3


Letters From an Arsonist

Thomas Sweatt torched D.C. for decades and was finally jailed for killing one person. During a year-long correspondence from prison with a reporter, he confessed there were more.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Fire.



On wine’s sacred and profane history.


Hail Dayton

The legacy of the Scopes trial on one Tennesse town.

Monday, June 2


Be Bossy

A profile of Sophia Amoruso, the 30-year-old CEO of Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS.

Previously: Molly Young on the Longform Podcast.


Mother Earth Mother Board

A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.


Opportunity's Knocks

Tereza Sedgwick trains to become a nurse aid, the fastest-growing job in America. It pays just better than minimum wage and has one of the highest burnout rates of any career.

Previously: Eli Saslow on the Longform Podcast.


The Internet With a Human Face

Privacy, memory, data and advertising—how the modern web has become a Ponzi scheme and how we might be able to fix it.