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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.

    Episode 456: Sarah A. Topol

    Episode 456: Sarah A. Topol

    Sarah A. Topol is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. Her latest feature is ”Is Taiwan Next?”
    ”I think you never actually ask people head-on about what they've been through. You always ask people to just tell you what they want to tell you about anything that has happened to them…. This event that happened to you, it doesn't define you. It’s not why I'm here necessarily. Like, tell me about your childhood. Tell me about your life. Tell me about the things you think are important in your community. And by the time we get to the traumatic part, I hope they've seen enough of who I am and how I interview to feel comfortable telling me that they don't want to talk about certain things.”

    Show notes:



    Topol on Longform

    01:00 "Is Taiwan Next?" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2021)

    03:00 "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2019)

    03:00 "Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram" (New York Times Magazine • Jun 2017)

    03:00 "Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter." (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2020)

    03:00 "He Played by the Rules of Putin’s Russia, Until He Didn’t: The Story of a Murder" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 2019)

    03:00 "Sons and Daughters" (Harper’s • Aug 2017)

    03:00 "This is How You Start a War: Libya’s Frantic Fight for the Future" (GQ • Jun 2011)

    12:00 "The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away" (Outside • Jun 2016)

    30:00 The Beach (Alex Garland • Riverhead • 1997)

    37:00 "Tea and Kidnapping" (Atlantic • Oct 2012)

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    • 54 min
    Episode 455: Lawrence Wright

    Episode 455: Lawrence Wright

    Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
    ”There’s nothing more important about a person than their story. In a way, that’s who we are. And yet, memories fade and people die. So those stories disappear and the job of the journalist is to go out before that happens and accumulate the kinds of stories that are going to help us understand who we are, why we are, where we are right now in time, and try to thread those stories into a coherent narrative. In a way, you give it a kind of immortality. And that’s a big job. It’s a great privilege.”

    Show notes:


    00:30 Longform Podcast #83: Lawrence Wright

    01:00 God Save Texas: a Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Vintage Books • 2019)

    01:00 The End of October (Penguin Random House • 2020)

    05:30 "Back in Egypt" (The New Yorker • April 2002)

    18:30 "The Plague Year" (The New Yorker • Jan 2021)

    19:00 "Zawahiri at the Helm" (The New Yorker • June 2011)

    35:00 Remembering Satan A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory (Penguin Random House • 1995)

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    • 47 min
    Episode 454: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

    Episode 454: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

    Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are documentary filmmakers. Their latest miniseries is Allen v. Farrow.
    ”We're constantly looking for those moments that happen before the story is ever told. Or those moments where someone is deciding to tell a story or is going through a process that they think is private… We think there's something about getting the moment before the first moment that people normally see..

    Show notes:


    00:00 Exit Scam (Aaron Lammer and Lane Brown • Treats Media • 2021)

    00:00 70 over 70 (Max Linsky • Pineapple Street Studios • 2021)

    00:00 The Mastermind: A True Story of Murder, Empire, and a New Kind of Crime Lord (Ratliff • Random House • 2020)

    00:00 Allen v. Farrow (HBO Documentary Films • 2021)

    01:00 The Hunting Ground (CNN Films, Radius • 2015)

    01:00 The Invisible War (Cinedigm, Docurama Films • 2012)

    01:00 On the Record (HBO Max Original • 2020)

    04:00 Sick (Kirby Dick • 1997)

    05:00 Derrida (Zeitgeist Films • 2002)

    07:00 Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (Kirby Dick • Zeitgeist Films • 1985)

    26:00 Apropos of Nothing (Woody Allen • Skyhorse Publishing • 2020)

    31:00 Twist of Faith (Kirby Dick • HBO • 2004)

    51:00 Allen v. Farrow Podcast (HBO • 2021)

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    • 57 min
    Episode 453: Roger Bennett

    Episode 453: Roger Bennett

    Roger Bennett is a co-host of Men In Blazers and the author of (Re)born in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home.
    “So much of my work is about human tenacity. That value of perseverance, of driving onwards. I believe life is about darkness and happiness. I believe that nothing is given, you fight for everything. And how you operate in moments of doubt and darkness ultimately define you. So I talk a lot as a professional about tenacity. What I've never linked that to before was my own biography. What did surprise me when I read the book as not being about me, but just read it as a book, was how bloody tenacious I was in fleeting moments of real awfulness.”

    Show notes:
    23:30 "The Men in Blazers Show with John Stones and Alex Caruso" (The Men in Blazers Show • March 2021)
    29:30 Men in Blazers
    29:30 NHL Now
    29:30 Band of Brothers podcast
    29:30 HBO's Succession Podcast
    33:30 "Pat Maroon" (Men in Blazers on Ice)
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    • 45 min
    Episode 452: Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

    Episode 452: Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

    Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang are reporters for the New York Times. They are coauthors of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination.
    “There are two types of reporters. There are reporters who date and reporters who marry. I think both Cecilia and I are reporters who marry our sources and by that I mean they are lifelong sources. It’s not a relationship that you build quickly. It’s one where you have to really let them get to know you as a journalist, show them that you are always going to be honest and do what you say and protect their anonymity and that you’re not biased. I think some reporters make mistakes in that they try to curry favor with sources by writing things they think the sources will like and I think sources actually respect you more when you show them: no I am accurate and I am honest and I am objective and I’m actually going to check what you tell me so that I know it’s true and you know I am doing my homework on everything.”

    Show notes:



    31:30 "Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis" (Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas • New York TImes • 2018)

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    • 56 min
    Episode 451: Julie K. Brown

    Episode 451: Julie K. Brown

    Julie K. Brown is an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald. Her new book is Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story.
    “No reporter wants to be a part of the story. ... But the one thing I know is that the authorities weren't going to do anything about this unless it stayed in the news and there was pressure. And I thought the only way to do pressure was to continue to write stories and to be in their face by going on TV. So I took advantage of the fact that I am sort of a part of this story in the hope that it would pressure authorities to do something about it.”

    Show notes


    00:00 Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story (Dey Street Books • 2021)

    01:00 "Perversion of Justice" (Miami Herald • Nov 2018)

    10:00 "Cruel and Unusual" (Miami Herald • 2014)

    10:00 "In Miami Gardens, Store Video Catches Cops in the Act" (Miami Herald • Nov 2013)

    11:00 "Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death" (Miami Herald • May 2014)

    17:00 Series on women’s prison (Miami Herald • July 2017)

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