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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.

    Polk Award Winners: Tristan Ahtone

    Polk Award Winners: Tristan Ahtone

    Tristan Ahtone is the former Indigenous Affairs editor at High Country News and is currently the editor-in-chief at The Texas Observer. His High Country News article “Land-Grab Universities,” co-authored with Robert Lee, won the 2021 George Polk Award for Education Reporting.

    This is the first in a week-long series of conversations with winners of this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism.

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    Episode 436: Dana Goodyear

    Episode 436: Dana Goodyear

    Dana Goodyear is a staff writer for The New Yorker and host of the new podcast Lost Hills.“I do find people who take risks—artistic and physical or even intellectual risks—really interesting. ... There are so many people that I have written about who take a really long time with their projects, whether years or decades, and they might or might not work out. ... They just don't go along with what's received, and they—at a great personal cost—often do things that are very different. And then those things are the things in our world that are the most fascinating or feel the most human.”

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    Show notes:
    @danagoodyear
    danagoodyear.com
    Goodyear on Longform
    Goodyear's New Yorker archive
    01:00 Lost Hills (Western Sound and Pushkin Industries • 2021)
    32:00 "An Artist’s Life, Refracted in Film" (New Yorker • Jan 2019)
    42:00 "The Gardener" (New Yorker • Aug 2003)
    49:00 "The Scavenger" (New Yorker • Nov 2009)
    49:00 "A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth" (New Yorker • Oct 2019)
    42:00 "Man of Extremes" (New Yorker • Oct 2009)
    42:00 Honey Junk (W.W. Norton • 2006)

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    Episode 435: Albert Samaha

    Episode 435: Albert Samaha

    Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and the deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. His book Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes comes out in October.“I don’t think any child of the recession will ever not feel precarious. And being in journalism makes that even more so. ... At this point I’ve embraced the precarity of working in this industry. I’m sure at some point it’s going to be grating for people to hear me talk about how precarious and insecure I feel. … But I’ve got too many friends who are way too talented, who can’t use that talent in the ways that they are passionate about, for me to ever feel like my place in this industry is fully cemented.”

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    Show notes:
    @AlbertSamaha
    albertsamaha.com
    Samaha on Longform
    Samaha's BuzzFeed archive
    11:00 Never Ran, Never Will Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City (PublicAffairs • 2018)
    17:00 "The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella" (Village Voice • Aug 2014)
    23:00 "A Bronx Betrayal" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2015)
    36:00 Concepcion
    40:00 "Looking For Right And Wrong In The Philippines" (BuzzFeed • May 2017)
    40:00 "My Uncle Spanky, the Rock Star Who Left It All Behind" (Pop-Up • Jun 2020)
    42:00 "I Followed My Uncle’s Legend To Italy, And Found A New Way Forward" (BuzzFeed • Mar 2018)
    42:00 "My Mom Believes In QAnon. I’ve Been Trying To Get Her Out." (BuzzFeed • Mar 2021)

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    Rerun: #390 Bonnie Tsui (April 2020)

    Rerun: #390 Bonnie Tsui (April 2020)

    Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and the author of Why We Swim.“I am a self-motivated person. I really don’t like being told what to do. I’ve thought about this many times over the last 16 years that I’ve been a full-time freelancer... even though I thought my dream was to always and forever be living in New York, working in publishing, working at a magazine, being an editor, writing. When I was an editor, I kind of hated it. I just didn’t like being chained to a desk.”

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    Show notes:
    @bonnietsui
    bonnietsui.com
    02:00 Why We Swim (Algonquin • 2020)
    03:30 American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods (Tsui • Free Press • 2009)
    10:30 The Deep (2012)
    28:00 "With His Absence, My Artist Father Taught Me the Art of Vanishing" (Catapult • Feb 2019)
    41:30 "After Fires, Napa and Sonoma Tourism Industry Is Getting Back on Its Feet" (New York Times • Oct 2017)
    44:30 "Child Care: What — and Who — It Takes to Raise a Family" (California Sunday • July 2019)
    49:00 "The Break: Female Big-Wave Surfers Prepare to Compete on Mavericks’s 50-Foot Waves for the First Time" (California Sunday • Aug 2018)
    50:00 "Meet the Women Who Are Changing What it Means to be a Mom and a Professional Athlete" (Sports Illustrated • Dec 2019)
    53:30 "You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything" (New York Times • June 2019)

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    Episode 434: Jessica Lessin

    Episode 434: Jessica Lessin

    Jessica Lessin is founder and editor-in-chief of The Information.“It's very, very hard to predict the winners. A lot of investors try to do this. And I think sometimes where the press gets in trouble is trying to make a call.… It's not always our job to say this thing is doomed or not. I think many journalists, unfortunately, are more interested in that than in understanding, What is this company trying to do?”

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    Show notes: 
    @Jessicalessin
    theinformation.com
    Lessin's archive at The Information
    11:00 "Android’s Andy Rubin Left Google After Inquiry Found Inappropriate Relationship" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Nov 2017)
    11:00 "Silicon Valley Women Tell of VC’s Unwanted Advances" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Jun 2017)
    23:00 Paul Steiger at ProPublica
    23:00 Kevin Delaney at Quartz
    26:00 "Facebook Hit by FTC Antitrust Suit That Seeks to Break Off Instagram, WhatsApp" (Christopher Stern • The Information • Dec 2020)
    31:00 "People are leaving S.F., but not for Austin or Miami. USPS data shows where they went" (J.K. Dineen • San Francisco Chronicle • Feb 2021)

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    Episode 433: Elon Green

    Episode 433: Elon Green

    Elon Green is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Awl, New York, and other publications. His new book is Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York.“The murders and the murderer should not be the driver. It should simply be the catalyst for the other story. And the other story is the victims. And the other story is the political backdrop and the environment that they are walking through.”

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    Show notes:
    @elongreen
    elongreen.com
    Green on Longform
    00:00 Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Celadon Books • 2021)
    03:00 @DavidGrann
    05:00 davidyaffe.com
    07:00 Pamela Colloff on Longform
    10:00 The Advocate
    13:00 "The Enduring, Pernicious Whiteness of True Crime" (The Appeal • Aug 2020)
    13:00 Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann • Doubleday Books • 2017)
    13:00 Missing & Murdered (CBC News)
    13:00 Connie Walker on the Longform Podcast
    19:00 "These Gay Men Frequented Manhattan Piano Bars. So Did Their Killer." (Christopher Bollen • New York Times • Mar 2021)
    19:00 "Last Call: Behind the Terrifying Untold Story of New York's Gay Bar Killer" (Jim Farber • The Guardian • Mar 2021)
    21:00 "Do Threads of Five Lives Lead to One Serial Killer?" (Ian Fisher • New York Times • Aug 1993)
    30:00 "The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders" (The Awl • Dec 2014)
    32:00 "The Real Lolita" (Sarah Weinman • Hazlitt • Nov 2014)
    35:00 @ChrisCillizza

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