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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.

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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 415: Latif Nasser

    Episode 415: Latif Nasser

    Latif Nasser co-hosts Radiolab. He also hosted The Other Latif and the Netflix documentary series Connected.“It’s so easy to hate everything and be cynical. There’s a kind of ease to that. It takes a lot more courage to go up in front of everybody and be like, This is awesome. I love this. That takes a lot of guts, I think.”

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    Show notes:

     
    @latifnasser
    02:00 The Other Latif (WNYC Studios • 2020)
    02:00 Connected (Netflix • 2020)
    09:00 "Dust" from Connected (Netflix • 2020)
    09:00 "Digits" from Connected (Netflix • 2020)
    18:00 "A Clockwork Miracle" (Radiolab • 2012)
    22:00 "Smile My Ass" (Radiolab • Oct 2015)
    28:00 "The World’s Biggest Scavenger Hunt: A Guide To Finding Stories" (Transom • Nov 2018)

     

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    Episode 414: Barton Gellman

    Episode 414: Barton Gellman

    Barton Gellman is a staff writer for The Atlantic. and was previously a Pulitzer-winning reporter at The Washington Post. His latest book is Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State and his latest essay is "The Election That Could Break America."“I have found that I have a talent for accidentally pissing people off. ... I’m interested most in accountability and the use and abuse of power. So naturally it’s going to annoy people sometimes. And sometimes they take it like grown-ups and sometimes less so.”

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    Show notes:
    @bartongellman
    bartongellman.com
    Gellman on Longform
    Dark Mirror (Penguin Press • 2020)
    10:00 Gellman's early Washington Post archive
    37:00 Gellman's Time archive
    39:00 Gellman's NSA stories at The Washington Post
    57:00 "The Election That Could Break America" (The Atlantic • Nov 2020)

     

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 413: Latria Graham

    Episode 413: Latria Graham

    Latria Graham is a writer living in South Carolina. Her work has appeared in Outside, Garden & Gun, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Her latest essay is "Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream."

    “My goal as a person—not just as a writer—is to be the adult that I needed when I was younger. That’s why I go and talk to college classes. That’s why I write some of these vulnerable things, to let people that are struggling know that they’re not on their own. … I have to be unmerciful to myself, I think, in order to do it. I really do try to dissect myself and my mistakes. And just kind of say, Here’s the full deck of my life. Take from it what you need. But I’m not holding out on you.”

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    Show Notes:

    @LatriaGraham
    latriagraham.com
    10:00 Going Hungry (Kate M. Taylor • Anchor • 2008)
    32:00 "The Dark Knight Unmasked" (SB Nation • Jan 2016)
    37:00 "We're Here. You Just Don't See Us." (Outside • May 2018)
    37:00 "Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream" (Outside • Sept 2020)
    48:00 "How an E-Bike Got Me Riding Again After 20 Years" (Bicycling • Jul 2018)
    1:03:00 "A Dream Uprooted" (Garden & Gun • Apr/May 2020)

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    Episode 412: Nicholson Baker

    Episode 412: Nicholson Baker

    Nicholson Baker is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction. He has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications. His latest book is Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act.

    "In the end, I don’t care how famous you get, how widely read you are during your lifetime. You’re going to be forgotten. And you’re going to have five or six fans in the end. It’s going to be your grandchildren or your great-grandchildren are going to say, Oh, yeah, he was big. … So I think the key is, write what you actually care about. Because in the end, you’re only doing this for yourself. … So maybe do your best stuff for yourself and for the three, four, five people who know in the coming century that you ever existed. That’s all you need to do."

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    Show notes:

    @nicholsonbaker8
    nicholsonbaker.com
    The Mezzanine (Grove Press • 1988)
    Baseless (Penguin Press • 2020)
    10:00 Human Smoke (Simon & Schuster • 2009)
    10:00 "Wrong Answer" (Harper's • Sept 2013)
    11:00 Room Temperature (Grove Press • 2010)
    11:00 U and I (Random House • 2000)
    11:00 The Fermata(2000)
    12:00 "The Projector" (New Yorker • Mar 1994)
    12:00 The Size of Thoughts (Vintage Contemporaries • 1996)
    13:00 "The Author vs. the Library" (New Yorker • Oct 1996)
    19:00 Double Fold (Vintage • 2002)
    30:00 Lab 257 (Michael Carroll • Willam Morrow Paperbacks • 2005)
    33:00 Longform Podcast #192: Seymour Hersh
    33:00 The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (Seymour Hersh • Verso • 2017)
    33:00 Longform Podcast #321: Nicholas Schmidle
    33:00 "Getting Bin Laden" (Nicholas Schmidle • New Yorker • Aug 2011)
    46:00 Baker's New Yorker archive

     

     

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    Episode 411: Elizabeth Weil

    Episode 411: Elizabeth Weil

    Elizabeth Weil covers California and the climate for ProPublica. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, California Sunday, and more.“As a journalist you’re endlessly asking people to tell you really personal, really vulnerable stuff about their lives. And I feel like you have to be willing to be in that conversation too—or really think about why you’re not willing.”

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    Show notes: 

    @lizweil
    elizabethweil.net
    Weil on Longform
    03:00 "Why He Kayaked Across the Atlantic at 70 (For the Third Time)" (New York Times Magazine • Mar 2018)
    04:00 "What the Photos of Wildfires and Smoke Don’t Show You" (ProPublica • Sept 2020)
    08:00 "The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now. Just Look at California’s Weekend." (ProPublica • Sept 2020)
    13:00 "The Lost Boys of Sudan; The Long, Long, Long Road to Fargo" (Sara Corbett • New York Times Magazine • April 2001)
    17:00 Off the Sidelines (Kirsten Gillibrand • Penguin Random House • 2015)
    20:00 "In the Ashes of Ghost Ship" (New York Times Magazine • Dec 2018)
    24:00 "Mary Cain Is Growing Up Fast" (New York Times Magazine • Mar 2015)
    31:00 "Kamala Harris Takes Her Shot" (Atlantic • May 2019)
    32:00 The Girl Who Smiled Beads (Clemantine Wamariya • Penguin Random House • 2019)
    36:00 No Cheating, No Dying (Scribner • 2012)
    36:00 They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus (Bantam • 2010)
    39:00 "Married (Happily) With Issues" (New York Times Magazine • Dec 2009)
    42:00 "Raising a Teenage Daughter" (California Sunday Magazine • Nov 2017)

     

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    • 48 min
    Episode 410: Jiayang Fan

    Episode 410: Jiayang Fan

    Jiayang Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her latest article is a "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda.""I think considering the unusual shape of our lives—the lives of my mother and I—from bare subsistence to one of the richest enclaves in America … it made me think about what the value of existence is. ... It made me wonder, What should a person be? And how should a person be? And being a writer has been a lifelong quest to answer those questions."

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    Show notes

     
    @JiayangFan
    Fan on Longform
    Fan at The New Yorker
    02:00 "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda" (New Yorker • Sept 2020)
    09:00 "Hong Kong's Protest Movement and the Fight for the City's Soul" (New Yorker • Dec 2019)
    40:00 "China's Selfie Obsession" (New Yorker • Dec 2017)
    41:00 "China's Mistress-Dispellers" (New Yorker • June 2017)
    43:00 "How E-Commerce is Transforming Rural China" (New Yorker • July 2018)

     

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