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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 551: Kashmir Hill

    Episode 551: Kashmir Hill

    Kashmir Hill is a tech reporter for The New York Times. Her new book is Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It.
    “I often do feel like what my work is doing is preparing people for the way the world is going to change. With something like facial recognition technology, that's really important because if the world is changing such that every photo of you taken that's uploaded is going to be findable, it's going to change the decisions that you make.”
    Show notes:


    Hill on Longform

    Hill's New York Times archive

    Hill's Gizmodo archive

    Hill's Forbes archive

    01:00 "Life Without the Tech Giants" (Gizmodo • Jan 2019)

    01:00 "Living On Bitcoin for a Week: The Journey Begins" (Forbes • May 2013)

    01:00 "Your Face Is Not Your Own" (New York Times • Mar 2021)

    01:00 Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It (Random House • 2023)

    03:00 "Writer Evan Ratliff Tried to Vanish: Here’s What Happened" (Wired • Nov 2009)

    11:00 Hill's Above the Law archive

    16:00 Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep (Ted Conover • University of Chicago Press • 2016)

    19:00 "The House That Spied on Me" (Gizmodo • Feb 2018)

    23:00 "I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move" (New York Times • Feb 2022)

    25:00 "Bing’s A.I. Chat: ‘I Want to Be Alive’" (Kevin Roose • New York Times • Feb 2023)

    26:00 "What Our Reporter Learned Delivering Burritos to New Yorkers" (Andy Newman • New York Times • July 2019)

    27:00 "A Vast Web of Vengeance" (New York Times • Jun 2023)

    27:00 "The Slander Industry" (Aaron Krolik and Kashmir Hill • New York Times • Apr 2021)

    55:00 Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa • 1950)

    59:00 "Eight Months Pregnant and Arrested After False Facial Recognition Match" (New York Times • Aug 2023)

    68:00 "Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Has Been Used By The Justice Department, ICE, Macy’s, Walmart, And The NBA" (Ryan Mac, Caroline Haskins, Logan McDonald • Buzzfeed • Feb 2020)

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 550: Zeke Faux

    Episode 550: Zeke Faux

    Zeke Faux is an investigative reporter for Bloomberg. His new book is Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall.
    “I have a rule of thumb, which is that if somebody did one scam, they probably did another scam. If they did one scam in the past and now they have a new thing, odds are good it’s also a scam. That’s not always true, but that was definitely borne out sometimes in crypto-world.”
    Show notes:



    Faux on Longform

    Faux’s Bloomberg archive

    06:00 “Secret Network Connects Harvard Money to Payday Loans” (Bloomberg • Sept 2014)

    08:00 “Anyone Seen Tether’s Billions?” (Bloomberg • Oct 2021)

    21:00 Matt Levine’s Bloomberg archive

    22:00 “‘Don’t You Remember Me?’ The Crypto Hell on the Other Side of a Spam Text” (Bloomberg • Aug 2023)

    32:00 “The Rise of FTX, and Sam Bankman-Fried, Was a Great Story. Its Implosion Is Even Better.” (Alexandra Alter • New York Times • May 2023)

    58:00 The Mastermind (Evan Ratliff • Penguin Random House • 2020)

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 549: Reginald Dwayne Betts

    Episode 549: Reginald Dwayne Betts

    Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, lawyer, and founder of the nonprofit Freedom Reads. His New York Times Magazine article "Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out" won the National Magazine Award. His new podcast is Almost There.
    “I felt like I had to own becoming something and intuitively understood that if I didn't lay claim to desiring to be something, that it would be too many other forces that would be pulling on me to dictate that I become something else. … When you say you're a writer, if you know nothing else, then you know that you read. You pay attention to the world. … And prison became the metaphor by which I understood the world and poetry became the medium by which I understood what it meant to write about the world and what it meant to take seriously the responsibility to write about the world that I knew.”
    Show notes:



    01:00 Almost There with Dwayne Betts (Emerson Collective)

    05:00 The Black Poets (Dudley Randall • Bantam • 1985)

    10:00 Married… with Children (Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt • Fox • 1987-1997)

    21:00 "Scientists and Engineers" (Killer Mike • Michael • 2023)

    24:00 "Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2018)

    26:00 "The Language of Birds" (Anselm Kiefer • 2018)

    28:00 A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (Avery • 2010)

    31:00 Felon: An American Washi Tale

    32:00 "Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2020)

    33:00 Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books • 2010)

    33:00 Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books • 2015)

    33:00 Felon (Norton • 2019)

    33:00 Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts (MoMA PS1 • 2019)

    33:00 Redaction (Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts • Norton • 2023)

    44:00 Creative Nonfiction

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    • 50 min
    Rerun: #512 Audie Cornish (Nov 2022)

    Rerun: #512 Audie Cornish (Nov 2022)

    Audie Cornish, the former host NPR’s All Things Considered, is an anchor and correspondent for CNN. Her podcast is The Assignment.
    “I think there is journalism inherent in an interview. Like the interview itself should be considered a piece of journalism. It isn't always. Sometimes the vibe is that it’s a little window dressing or that it's personality driven and I don't subscribe to that. I think that it has its own journalism. It's my journalism.”
    Show notes:


    Cornish's NPR archive

    01:00 The Assignment (CNN Audio • 2022)

    25:00 "Letters: 'Music Curator' Diplo" (NPR • Jun 2012)

    36:00 Cornish’s Twitter thread (Jan 2022)

    43:00 Serial (Serial Productions)

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    • 55 min
    Episode 548: Susan Burton

    Episode 548: Susan Burton

    Susan Burton is an editor at This American Life, the author of the memoir Empty, and the host of the podcast The Retrievals.
    “I know I have much more anger than I reveal, and I don’t think that’s uncommon. Especially for women. There’s been a lot of attention to that in recent years—the anger of women, how it’s expressed and not expressed. But I think that among the things I’ve stifled for years are just my true feelings, and I’ve always wanted to be close to people and to be intimate with people, and have often felt that I have trouble making myself known or being known or being understood. And so...it felt good to be known.”
    Show notes:



    Burton on Longform

    Burton’s This American Life archive

    01:00 “In The Event of an Emergency, Put Your Sister in an Upright Position” (Ira Glass • This American Life • Jan 2001)

    05:00 Empty (Random House • 2020)

    06:00 “Secrets” (This American Life • Feb 2021)

    39:00 “Terry Gross and the Art of Opening Up” (New York Times • Oct 2015)

    42:00 “From 'Empty' To 'Satisfied': Author Traces A Hunger That Food Can't Fix” (Terry Gross • NPR • June 2020)

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    • 46 min
    Episode 547: Jamie Loftus

    Episode 547: Jamie Loftus

    Jamie Loftus is a comedian, writer, and podcaster. Her new book is Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs.
    “Comedy has been super helpful to me because it's so based on failing every night sometimes that I wasn't afraid of failure in the same way because it's just like, Well, that's going to happen to me at some point this week. Why not in this format?”
    Show notes:


    00:00 Lolita Podcast (iHeartRadio • 2020-21)

    01:00 Aack Cast! (iHeartRadio • 2021)

    01:00 My Year in Mensa (iHeartRadio • 2020)

    01:00 Ghost Church (iHeartRadio • 2022)

    01:00 Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs (Forge Books • 2023)

    10:00 Sarah Marshall on Longform Podcast

    14:00 "Dolores Onstage" (iHeartRadio • Dec 2020)

    19:00 The Bechdel Cast (Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus • iHeartRadio)

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

VicariousLiving ,

Superb interviewing style

1) Hosts are skilled at asking follow up questions that take their guests ever deeper. 2) No host egos on display; focus is exclusively on the guest, and what he or she has to say.

Saint Mgrn ,

Getting old

They’ve obviously run out of interesting people to interview. For the past year or so it’s like their guest selection has been “I guess this person will do”. They sold their souls to the devil when they stopped the Longform recommendations and partnered with Vox media.

.pdxorcist. ,

Tried and true

This has remained one of my all-time favorite podcasts for years. The hosts could truly teach a masterclass in asking deft, skillful questions that consistently evoke fascinating, unique insights from interviewees. Every episode is a gem.

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