Wednesday, August 7

Longform Podcast #54: Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a GQ correspondent and National Magazine Award winner.

"I find it satisfying to be able to give a voice to people that sort of get lost…You know, when these big horrible things happen, and the spotlight is very briefly on them, and then it moves away, and it's not that I'm dragging them out and forcing them to 'Relive your horrible moments!' It's more a thing of, 'If you'd like to relive your horrible moment, if you want people to know what actually happened, talk to me. I will tell your story.'"

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

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The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In

Women who left their careers to be stay-at-home mothers reflect on the decision ten years later.

Tuesday, August 6


The Confessions of Innocent Men

Unpacking a false confession 20 years later.


Nuke the Cat!

Script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules of blockbuster screenwriting.


How Much Is a Life Worth?

A profile of Ken Feinberg, lawyer who specializes in determining compensation after tragedies and disasters.

Monday, August 5


The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

The Mennonite women of the Manitoba Colony would awake with blood and semen stains, dried grass in their hair, and tiny bits of rope on their wrists and ankles. Their rapists, armed with a veterinary tranquilizer converted to spray form, were eight young men from their own community.


Great Guns

The author, who died last week, tells the story of his guns.



A profile of Stanley Kubrick written by a longtime friend and published a few months after the director’s death.


Taken by the State

The use and abuse of civil forfeiture.

Longform Podcast #53: Janet Reitman

For the first time, Janet Reitman discusses her Rolling Stone cover story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"My editors, myself, a lot of people who work for the magazine — we lived through an act of terrorism. We know what it feels like. There have been accusations to me personally of being insensitive, and I can tell you that I'm far from insensitive, not only to the political realities of terrorism but to the personal realities of terrorism. I breathed it in, literally. … The cover elicited an emotional response from people; that is not always what magazine covers do. I think it's great on a certain level, because terrorism is emotional, it's real, it affects us. It is not something that happens just overseas or just to people who are somehow "Other." If you talk to terrorism experts around the world, what they will all say is that the vast majority of people who are involved in these violent, extremist acts are what we would consider otherwise to be very normal people. One of us. Part of our community. That's a reality, and it's a very emotional thing and it makes people very uncomfortable. I totally understand that. But that was the point of my story."

Thanks to this week's sponor, Squarespace.

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