Jenna Wortham is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a co-host of Still Processing.

“I feel like I’m still writing to let my 10-year-old self know it’s okay to be you. It’s okay to be a chubby androgynous weirdo. You know what I mean? Like this weird black kid. It’s okay. There are others like you.”

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Michael Idov is a screenwriter, journalist, and the former editor-in-chief of GQ Russia. His latest book is Dressed Up for a Riot.

"It just goes to show that the best thing you can possibly do as a journalist is to forget you’re a journalist, go out, have some authentic experiences, preferably fail at something really hard, and then write about that."

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Liliana Segura writes for The Intercept.

“My form of advocacy against the death penalty, frankly, has always been to tell those stories that other people aren’t seeing. And to humanize the people—not just the people facing execution, but everyone around them.”

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Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN. His latest article is "For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, Is This the Beginning of the End?"

“You want to write about something real. I hate stories that are, the tension of the story is, talk radio perception versus the reality that I see when I’m with somebody. I can’t stand those stories because to me, you’re just writing about the ether versus a real person, and that’s not a real tension to me. The inner tensions are the best tensions. You can’t get to them with everybody, but you try.”

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Nathan Thornburgh is the co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms.

"You have to remain committed to the kind of irrational act of producing journalism for an uncaring world. You have to want to do that so bad, that you will never not be doing that. There’s so many ways to die in this business."

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Kiera Feldman is an investigative reporter. Her latest article is "Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection."

"I used to have a lot of anxiety that I don’t seem like an investigative reporter. Utlimately, my reporting personality is just me. It’s just, I want to be real with people. And the number one rule of reporting is to be a human being to other people. Be decent. Be kind."

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Azmat Khan is an investigative reporter and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine.

"For me, what matters most is systematic investigation, and I think that’s different than an investigative story that might explore one case. It’s about stepping back and understanding the big picture and getting to the heart of something. It doesn’t have to be a number’s game, but being able to say: Look, I looked at a wide enough sample of whatever this issue is, and here is what this tells us. That is what I crave and love the most."

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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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