Wednesday, October 3

Longform Podcast #9: Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of the new book Hidden America and a correspondent for GQ.

"I'm just a writer going into [people's lives], you know? What do you do with that kind of intensity of a relationship when you're job is to invoke it on the page? It's a huge ... not just privilege but responsibility. Because, you know, it's just for a story. And I tell them that: 'I'm asking you trust me, but at the same time don't trust me. I'm kind of like a vulture in this relationship—we're not friends.'"


Show Notes »


A tale-of-the-tape breakdown of the 2012 presidential debates.


They Retort, You Decide!

The dark art of presidential debate prep.


How Ina Drew Got Swallowed by the London Whale

JPMorgan Chase’s $6 billion mistake and the woman who took the fall.


Jani's at the Mercy of Her Mind

She lives in a world called Calalini with an invisible companion named 400-the-Cat; inside the life of a six-year-old with schizophrenia.

Tuesday, October 2


What Are You Wearing?

A torrid phone sex affair begins with a random call in a motel and ends a year later with a face-to-face meeting.


"I Was a Monster"

Ten years after D.C. area sniper shootings, an interview with Lee Boyd Malvo.


John Hammond, Jazz Promoter

A profile of the legendary producer at the beginning of his career.


A Fish Story

Trying to fix the Atlantic Ocean’s food chain.

Monday, October 1


Rita Crundwell and the Dixon Embezzlement

How a small-town comptroller became the biggest municipal embezzler in U.S. history.


Interview: Nick Offerman

A conversation with Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.