Ben Taub is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

“I don’t think it’s my place to be cynical because I’ve observed some of the horrors of the Syrian War through these various materials, but it’s Syrians that are living them. It’s Syrians that are being largely ignored by the international community and by a lot of political attention on ISIS. And I think that it wouldn’t be my place to be cynical when some of them still aren’t.”

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  1. @bentaub91
  2. Taub on Longform
  3. [01:45] David Remnick on the Longform Podcast
  4. [07:45] "Was U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?" (Daily Beast • Sep 2014)
  5. [27:00] Taub on The Voice (YouTube)
  6. [32:00] "Journey to Jihad" (New Yorker • Jun 2015)
  7. [48:00] Rukmini Callimachi on the Longform Podcast (Part 1)
  8. [48:00] Rukmini Callimachi on the Longform Podcast (Part 2)
  9. [49:30] "The Shadow Doctors" (New Yorker • Jun 2016)
  10. [49:30] "The Assad Files," funded in part by a grant from the Pulitzer Foundation (New Yorker • Apr 2016)
  11. [51:00] "’They were torturing to kill’: inside Syria’s death machine" (Guardian • Oct 2015)
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Maggie Haberman covers the White House for The New York Times.

“If I start thinking about it, then I’m not going to be able to just keep doing my job. I'm being as honest as I can — I try not to think about it. If you’re flying a plane and you think about the fact that if the plane blows up in midair you’re gonna die, do you feel like you can really focus as well? So, I’m not thinking about [the stakes]. This is just my job. This is what we do. Ask me another question.”

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  1. @maggieNYT
  2. Haberman on Longform
  3. [01:45] "Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators About Meeting With Russians" (with Eileen Sullivan and Adam Goldman • New York Times • Jul 2017)
  4. [02:15] Haberman’s New York Times archive
  5. [02:30] Haberman’s New York Post archive
  6. [02:30] Haberman’s New York Daily News archive
  7. [03:15]
  8. [03:15] "Paladino assails Cuomo’s parenting" (Politico • Oct 2010)
  9. [08:30] Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson • Harper Collins • 2015)
  10. [12:15] "Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance" (with Ashley Parker, Jeremy W. Peters, and Michael Barbaro • New York Times • Nov 2016)
  11. [19:15] Private Parts
  12. [21:30] "Excerpts From the Times’s Interview With Trump" (with Peter Baker and Michael S. Schmidt • New York Times • Jul 2017)
  13. [32:45] "Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles" (with Glenn Thrush • New York Times • Feb 2017)
  14. [35:15] Steve Dunleavy’s New York Post archive
  15. [44:15] Broadcast News



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Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, is the founder of Women in the World. Her latest book is The Vanity Fair Diaries.

“I believed that my bravado had no limit, if you know what I mean. I see limits now, let’s put it that way. I do see limits. But you know, I’m still pretty reckless when I want something. That’s why I don’t tweet much. I’ll say something that will just cause me too much trouble.”

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  1. @TinaBrownLM
  2. [00:00] Longform Best of 2017
  3. [03:00] Vanity Fair Diaries (Henry Holt and Co. • 2014)
  4. [05:35] Tatler
  5. [12:00] "Darkness Visible" (William Styron • Vanity Fair • Dec 1989)
  6. [14:40] "Guarding Sing Sing" (Ted Conover • New Yorker • April 2000)
  7. [14:40] Longform Podcast #38 Ted Conover
  8. [16:00] "Dominick Dunne on His Daughter’s Murder" (Dominick Dunne • Vanity Fair • March 1984)
  9. [28:10] "10 Years Ago, an Omen No One Saw" (David Carr • New York Times • Aug 2009)
  10. [31:50] The Diana Chronicles (Anchor • 2007)
  11. [38:40] "Bruna Papandrea Options Tina Brown’s ‘Vanity Fair Diaries’ For Limited TV Series" (Nellie Andreeva • Deadline • Sept 2017)
  12. [41:43] Women in the World


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Mara Shalhoup was until recently editor-in-chief of LA Weekly. She is the author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

“I’m so fearful about what it will look like for cities without an outlet for [alt-weekly] stories. And for young writers, who need and deserve the hands-on editing these kind of editors can give them and help really launch careers … it’s a tragedy for journalism. It’s a tragedy for young people, people of color. It’s a tragedy for the subjects of stories that won’t get written now. That’s just the reality.”

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Zoe Chace is a reporter and producer at This American Life.

“Radio is a movie in your head. It’s a very visual thing. It’s a transporting thing—when it’s done well. And it’s louder than your thoughts. It is both of those things. It would just take me out of the place that I was, where I was lost and couldn’t figure things out. ... They had a very personal way of telling the story to you, so that you kind of felt like you’re there with them. Like it’s less lonely, it’s literally less lonely to have them there. And that felt really good.”

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Jason Leopold is a senior investigative reporter for Buzzfeed and the author of News Junkie.

“I made the worst mistake that cost me my credibility and I could have done two things. I could have walked away, and said I’m done with this, no one wants me anymore. Or I could have—which I did—say, I’m going to learn how to do this differently, and be better. And that’s ultimately is what paved the way to this FOIA work. Because no one trusted me anymore.”

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Kara Swisher is the executive editor and co-founder of Recode.

“I do the work. I just work harder than other people. I really do. I work harder, I interview more people, I call more people, I text more people. And so I find out, and they can not talk to me — fine. I know anyway. I’d like to talk to you, I’d like to give you a chance. I’d like to be fair. I’d like to hear your side of the story. And the most important thing is, I think smart people – and these are very smart people — like smart questions. They don’t like the fawning questions. They don’t like being licked up and down all day. Some of the day they like it. They want someone who knew them before they were billionaires. Because when you’re a billionaire, every day you’re so smart. Everyone wants something from you.”

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  1. @karaswisher
  2. [02:35] Longform Podcast #239: Brian Reed
  3. [02:50] Recode
  4. [02:55] Recode Decode
  5. [03:00] Code Conference
  6. [04:40] "Kara Swisher’s First Tech Article Was About Pay Phones in 1980" (Jesse Rifkin • A Step in the Write Direction • Nov 2017)
  7. [08:10] "McLaughlin Suit Settled" (Jim Naughton, Phil McCombs • Washington Post • Dec 1999)
  8. [10:00] "Pundit Power" (Eric Alterman • Washington Post • March 1989)
  9. [11:30] Longform Podcast #128: Jack Shafer
  10. [22:51] How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web (Crown Business • 1998)
  11. [35:25] Swisher’s Archive at Vanity Fair
  12. [41:20] "Uber CEO Kalanick Advised Employees on Sex Rules for a Company Celebration in 2013 ‘Miami Letter’" (Kara Swisher, Johana Bhuiyan • Recode • June 2017)
  13. [41:40] "A Top Uber Executive, Who Obtained the Medical Records of a Customer Who Was a Rape Victim, Has Been Fired’" (Kara Swisher, Johana Bhuiyan • Recode • June 2017)
  14. [41:40] "The Men and (No) Women Facebook of Facebook Management" (Wall Street Journal • Aug 2007)
  15. [41:50] "The Men and No Women of Web 2.0 Boards" (Wall Street Journal • Dec 2010)
  16. [43:40] "Will Twitter Add a Woman Director Before the IPO?" (Wall Street Journal • Sept 2013)
  17. [48:40] " Missing Milly Dowler's Voicemail Was Hacked by News of the World" (Nick Davies, Amelia Hill • The Guardian • July 2011)
  18. [58:35] There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere (Crown Business • 2003)
  19. [61:35] Pop-Up Magazine
  20. [61:40] California Sunday
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Tyler Cowen is an economist, the co-founder of Marginal Revolution, and the host of Conversations with Tyler. His latest book is The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.

“I think of my central contribution, or what I’m trying to have it be, is teaching people to think of counter arguments. I’m trying to teach a method: always push things one step further. What if, under what conditions, what would make this wrong? If I write something and people respond to it that way, then I feel very happy and successful. If people just agree with me, I’m a little disappointed.”

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Jodi Kantor is a New York Times investigative reporter and the author of The Obamas.

“Being a reporter really robs you of self-consciousness and shyness. You realize that it’s this great gift of being able to ask crazy questions, either really personal or very probing or especially with a powerful — to walk up to Harvey Weinstein, essentially and say, ‘What have you been doing to women all these years, and for how long? All of these other people may be afraid to confront you about it, but we are not.’ That is our job.”

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Jim Nelson is the editor-in-chief of GQ.

“One of the things that was initially a challenge was we would all think of ‘the print side’ and ‘the digital side.’ Now what we all think about is, ‘Okay, stop saying and GQ the print edition. It’s just GQ!’ And once you cross that line, you don’t ever want to go back to it. I can’t imagine. The job has changed so much, even in the last three years, that when I look back, I think, ‘God, I was just such a quaint little fucker.’”

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