Monday, December 23


An Interview With Louise Lasser: TV, Depression, and SNL

The Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman star on being married to Woody Allen, Jewish words, and Girls.


Surviving Anxiety

”I’ve tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s what helps.”

Sunday, December 22


Playboy Interview: Mel Brooks

A comic who had previously refused to discuss his private life opens up for the first time, riding high on the surprise success of Blazing Saddles more than thirty years into his career.


One Day in the Life of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

A jailhouse interview with Vladimir Putin’s rival at the very end of his decade behind bars.


The Moon Landing

Experiencing the first moon walk with a wide range of New Yorkers.

Saturday, December 21


Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing

“This is a story about how the future gets weird.”

Friday, December 20


Al Goldstein: The Anti-Hef

A profile of the publisher of Screw, who died this week.


The Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico’s Monkey Woman

An exploited celebrity’s long journey home.


Concealed Carry: How Utah Became America's Gun Permit Mill

A journey through America’s convoluted gun laws.

Thursday, December 19


Tyler Hadley's Killer Party

He murdered his parents. Then he threw a party.

Longform Podcast #73: Joe Sexton

Joe Sexton is a senior editor at ProPublica and a former reporter and editor at the New York Times, where he led the team that produced "Snow Fall."

"My experience in a newspaper newsroom over the years has been: The word you hear least often, the word that's hardest for people to say in that environment, is the word yes. It's safer to say no. You get second-guessed less often if you say no. Your job's not on the line if you say no. But if you're willing to say yes and you're willing to face the consequences of having said yes, then quite amazing things can happen."

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

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