Wednesday, July 10

Longform Podcast #49: Brendan I. Koerner

Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of The Skies Belong to Us.

"It was this big review in The New York Times and I was terrified that it was going to say something awful about the book or about me as a writer. And my son said to me — he's 5, I should say — "If it's bad, you won't die." That's a good point, you know? So I always think of that when I pick up a new review and take that risk of someone slamming something that I've genuinely poured my heart and soul into. You'll live to fight another day."

Thanks to TinyLetter and the The Literary Reportage concentration at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

The Chelsea Hotel Had Its Own Eloise

How Gaby Hoffman, who had roles in Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck and Sleepless in Seattle, survived child stardom.


A Filthy History of New York

When New Yorkers lived knee-deep in trash.

Tuesday, July 9


What Is to Be Done About the Banks?

On the dangerous state of U.K. banks—“an existential threat to British democracy, a more serious one than terrorism, either external or internal”—and how it can be fixed.


First Lost, Then Murdered

The story of Melissa Barthelemy, a prostitute killed in a string of murders on Long Island in December 2010.


Mursi's Downfall

An inside account of the Egyptian leader’s last day in power.

Monday, July 8


“Why Did You Shoot Me? I Was Reading a Book”

On the militarization of America’s police forces.


40 Minutes in Benghazi

The story of the attack that killed U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, told from the persepctive of the security agents there to protect him.


Sunday, July 7


John Wayne: A Love Song

On set in Mexico with the Duke.


Open Waters

Encounters with the sea.