Wed, 13 December 2017
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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Wed, 6 December 2017
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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-- posted at: 10:42am EDT
Wed, 29 November 2017
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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-- posted at: 12:09pm EDT
Wed, 22 November 2017
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.”
Thanks to Mubi, Findaway Voices, and Mail Chimp for sponsoring this week's episode. And thanks to Pop-Up Magazine for making our live show possible!
- [02:35] Longform Podcast #239: Brian Reed
- [02:50] Recode
- [02:55] Recode Decode
- [03:00] Code Conference
- [04:40] "Kara Swisher’s First Tech Article Was About Pay Phones in 1980" (Jesse Rifkin • A Step in the Write Direction • Nov 2017)
- [08:10] "McLaughlin Suit Settled" (Jim Naughton, Phil McCombs • Washington Post • Dec 1999)
- [10:00] "Pundit Power" (Eric Alterman • Washington Post • March 1989)
- [11:30] Longform Podcast #128: Jack Shafer
- [22:51] AOL.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web (Crown Business • 1998)
- [35:25] Swisher’s Archive at Vanity Fair
- [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)
- [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)
- [41:40] "The Men and (No) Women Facebook of Facebook Management" (Wall Street Journal • Aug 2007)
- [41:50] "The Men and No Women of Web 2.0 Boards" (Wall Street Journal • Dec 2010)
- [43:40] "Will Twitter Add a Woman Director Before the IPO?" (Wall Street Journal • Sept 2013)
- [48:40] " Missing Milly Dowler's Voicemail Was Hacked by News of the World" (Nick Davies, Amelia Hill • The Guardian • July 2011)
- [58:35] There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere (Crown Business • 2003)
- [61:35] Pop-Up Magazine
- [61:40] California Sunday
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Wed, 15 November 2017
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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-- posted at: 12:13pm EDT
Wed, 8 November 2017
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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- Kantor on Longform
- 11/12: Longform Podcast, Live in Chicago with Zoe Chace
- 11/15: Longform Podcast, Live in San Francisco with Kara Swisher
- [00:50] "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades" (Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey • New York Times • Oct 2017)
- [02:10] "Promethea Unbound" (Mike Mariani • Atavist • Nov 2017)
- [03:30] "From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories" (Ronan Farrow • New Yorker • Oct 2017)
- [03:45] "Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies" (Ronan Farrow • New Yorker • Nov 2017)
- [04:50] "New Accusers Expand Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Claims Back to ’70s" (Ellen Gabler, Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor • New York Times • Oct 2017)
- [5:15] "Kevin Spacey Issues Apology to Actor After Sexual Accusation " (Michael Paulson • New York Times • April 2017)
- [8:00] "Bill O’Reilly Thrives at Fox News, Even as Harassment Settlements Add Up" (Emily Steel, Michael S. Schmidt • New York Times • April 2017)
- [9:05] "Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment" (Katie Benner • New York Times • June 2017)
- [10:50] "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace" (Jodi Kantor, David Streitfeld • New York Times • Aug 2015)
- [18:55] "Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them" (Jodi Kantor, Rachel Abrams • New York Times • Oct 2017)
- [38:10] "Working Anything but 9 to 5" (New York Times • Aug 2014)
- [46:10]Longform Podcast #198: Franch Rich
- [48:00]The Obamas (Little, Brown and Company • 2012)
Direct download: Kantor_Full_Episode_Cut_2.mp3
-- posted at: 12:18pm EDT
Wed, 1 November 2017
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 GQ.com 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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- [01:15] 11/12: Longform Podcast, Live in Chicago with Zoe Chace
- [01:25] 11/15: Longform Podcast, Live in Chicago with Kara Swisher
- [10:25] "The Horrible Bosses of Hollywood" (GQ • April 2014)
- [14:10] "Shipping Out" (David Foster Wallace • Harper’s Magazine • Jan 1996)
- [14:15] "Ticket to the Fair" (David Foster Wallace • Harper’s Magazine • July 1994)
- [19:15] Pineapple Street Media
- [21:30] "The AIDS Deniers" (GQ • June 2017)
- [28:35] "Rick Santorum Is Straight" (Robert Draper • GQ • Aug 2003)
- [32:35] GQ on Snapchat Discover
- [33:55] GQ on Instagram
- [43:25] "Upon This Rock" (John Jeremiah Sullivan • GQ • Jan 2004)
- [44:50] "The Incredible Buddha Boy" (George Saunders • GQ • May 2006)
- [45:25] "Traffic" (Jeanne Marie Laskas • GQ • March 2009)
- [45:25] "Underworld" (Jeanne Marie Laskas • GQ • May 2007)
- [45:50] "Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?" (Jeanne Marie Laskas • GQ • July 2013)
- [45:40] "Inside the Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns?" (Jeanne Marie Laskas • GQ • Aug 2016)
- [45:45] "The Old Man at Burning Man" (Wells Tower • GQ • Aug 2015)
- [45:50] "Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi" (Adam Johnson • GQ • June 2013)
- [45:55] "No Exit" (Sean Flynn • GQ • Sept 2013)
- [45:05] "18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio" (Chris Heath • GQ • Feb 2012)
- [45:15] "Searching for Sugar Daddies" (Taffy Brodesser-Akner • GQ • Aug 2015)
- [45:15] "The Suicide Catcher" (Mike Paterniti • GQ • Aug 2010)
- [45:15] "The Uber Killer: The Real Story of One Night of Terror" (Chris Heath • GQ • Aug 2016)
- [50:45] "The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination" (Doug Bock Clark • GQ • Sep 2017)
- [52:45] "I Surrendered My Wardrobe" (Sean Hotchkiss • GQ • Dec 2016)
- [54:45] "The Blind Faith of Juan Jose Padilla, the One-Eyed Matador" (Karen Russell • GQ • Oct 2012)
- [55:00] Fly Me (Daniel Riley • Hachette • 2017)
- [56:15] "Why Me?" (Elizabeth Gilbert • GQ • April 2002)
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-- posted at: 11:15am EDT
Wed, 25 October 2017
Sarah Ellison is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of War at the Wall Street Journal.
“There’s no lack of stories. ... There’s always an element where you’re going to be parachuting into something that someone has likely written about, to some degree. You can’t shy away from going into something that’s a crowded field.”
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Direct download: Ep267_SarahEllison.mp3
-- posted at: 7:39am EDT
Wed, 18 October 2017
Patricia Bosworth is a journalist and biographer. Her latest book is The Men in My Life.
“The [acting] rejections are hellish and ghastly. At least they were to me. And I got tired of being rejected so much and also tired of not being able to control my life. And as soon as I became a writer, I had this control, I felt more active, more energized. But it was a decision that took a long time coming.”
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Direct download: Patricia_Bosworth_Full_Episode_Edit_1.mp3
-- posted at: 12:44pm EDT
Wed, 11 October 2017
Michael Barbaro is the host of The Daily.
“I don’t think The Daily should ever be my therapy session. That’s not what it’s meant to be, but I’m a human being. I arrive at work on a random Tuesday, and I do an interview with a guy like that, and it just punched me right in the stomach.”
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Direct download: Barbaro_Full_Episode_Cut_1.mp3
-- posted at: 12:43pm EDT