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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 424: Kenneth R. Rosen

    Episode 424: Kenneth R. Rosen

    Kenneth R. Rosen has written for The New York Times, Wired, The New Yorker, and many other publications. His new book is Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs.

    “When I report, I keep two journals. … I keep my reporting notebook, which is sort of an almanac of dates, times, names, quotes, phone numbers. And then I have my personal notebook, which has all my fears and anxieties. And it invariably makes its way into the reporting … which is sort of an amalgamation of those two journals, of those two experiences, the internal and the external.”

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    Show notes:

    @kenneth_rosen
    kennethrrosen.com
    Rosen on Longform
    03:00 "The Devil’s Henchmen" (The Atavist • Jun 2017)
    04:00 Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs (Little a • 2021)
    13:00 "At a Therapeutic Ranch, No Payday Until Later" (New York Times • Mar 2017)
    31:00 Rosen's New York Times archive
    32:00 Longform Podcast #403: Seyward Darby
    35:00 Luke Mogelson on Longform
    35:00 Ben Taub on Longform
    35:00 May Jeong on Longform
    35:00 Longform Podcast #300: May Jeong
    39:00 Alicia Patterson Fellowship
    41:00 Longform Podcast #135: Scott Anderson

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    Episode 365: Carvell Wallace, author and podcast host

    Episode 365: Carvell Wallace, author and podcast host

    Carvell Wallace is a podcast host and has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the co-author, with Andre Iguodala, of The Sixth Man.“So much of my life experience coalesces into things that are useful… All those years that I was obsessing over this that or the other thing, all the weird stuff that I would do, all the weird things that happened to me, all the places I found myself in that I didn’t want to be in but were interesting - this is all part of what makes me the writer that I am today.”

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    @carvellwallace
    carvellwallace.com
    The Sixth Man: A Memoir (Blue Rider Press • 2019)
    Episode One of Finding Fred
    Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (Bradbury Press • 1970)
    Purple Rain (1984)
    The Karate Kid (Scholastic • 1984)
    “The Two Lives of Michael Jackson” (New Yorker • 2015)
    “How to Parent on a Night Like This” (Huffington Post • 2014)
    Wallace's Pitchfork archive

     

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    Episode 378: Ashley C. Ford, author and podcast host

    Episode 378: Ashley C. Ford, author and podcast host

    Ashley C. Ford is a writer and podcast host. Her memoir, Somebody's Daughter, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books.“For the first time I felt like I had so many more choices in my life than I originally thought I had. That was my first realization that I did not just have to react to the world, that I could be intentional in the world, and just curious about what came back to me.”

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    4:30 "Roger Loves Chaz" (Roger Ebert • Sep 2012)
    11:00 The Giver (Lois Lowry • Houghton Mifflin • 1993)
    17:15 Ford's commencement speech at Ball State
    25:30 Ford's archive at Buzzfeed
    40:30 "Ashley C. Ford’s Debut Memoir ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ Finds Home at Flatiron" (Paperback Paris • 2018)

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    Episode 423: Ed Yong

    Episode 423: Ed Yong

    Ed Yong spent 2020 covering the pandemic for The Atlantic. His latest feature is "How Science Beat the Virus."

    “I am trying to give readers a platform that they can stand on to observe this raging torrent that is the pandemic, this cascade of information that is threatening to sweep us all away. I’m trying to give people a rock on which they can stand so that they can observe what is happening without themselves being submerged by it. But I am trying to construct that platform while also being submerged in it.”

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    Show notes:

    @edyong209
    edyong.me
    Yong on Longform
    Longform Podcast #386: Ed Yong
    Yong's archive at The Atlantic
    08:00 "How the Pandemic Will End" (The Atlantic • Mar 2020)
    08:00 "The Giant Pool of Money" (Alex Blumberg, Adam Davidson, and Planet Money • This American Life • May 2008)
    16:00 "Our Pandemic Summer" (The Atlantic • Apr 2015)
    16:00 "What the Racial Data Show" (Ibram X. Kendi • The Atlantic • Apr 2020)
    18:00 "How the Pandemic Defeated America" (The Atlantic • Sep 2020)
    19:00 "How Science Beat the Virus" (The Atlantic • Jan 2021)
    34:00 "Q&A with Ed Yong" (Delia Cai • Deez Links • Nov 2020)

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    Episode 422: Nilay Patel

    Episode 422: Nilay Patel

    Nilay Patel is editor-in-chief of The Verge and hosts the podcast Decoder.

    “The instant ability—unmanaged ability—for people to say horrible things to each other because of phones is tearing our culture apart. It just is. And so sometimes, I’m like, Man, I wish our headline had been: ‘iPhone Released. It’s A Mistake.’ … But I think there’s a really important flipside to that … a bunch of teenagers are able to create culture at a scale that has never been possible before. Also, a bunch of marginalized communities are able to speak with coordinated voices and make change very rapidly. And that balance—I don’t think we’ve quite understood.”

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    Show Notes:

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    Patel's archive at The Verge
    02:00 Decoder
    02:00 The Vergecast
    03:00 Recode Decode
    08:00 Platformer (Casey Newton)
    12:00 "Mark in the Middle" (Casey Newton • Verge • Sept 2020)
    22:00 Patel's archive at Engadget
    26:00 Processor (Dieter Bohn • Verge)
    28:00 "Foxconn Is Confusing the Hell Out of Wisconsin" (Josh Dzieza • Verge • Apr 2019)
    28:00 "Foxconn Says Empty Buildings in Wisconsin Are Not Empty" (Josh Dzieza • Verge • Apr 2019)
    29:00 "Condo at the End of the World" (Joseph L. Flatley • Verge • Nov 2011)
    45:00 Stratechery (Ben Thompson)
    45:00 Kevin Roose on Longform
    45:00 Charlie Warzel on Longform

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    Episode 421: Wright Thompson

    Episode 421: Wright Thompson

    Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN. His new book is Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last.

    “If you’re going to write a profile of someone … you have to find some piece of common ground with them so that no matter how famous or good or noble or bad—or no matter how cartoonish their most well-known attributes are—it shrinks them. And once they’re small enough to fit in your hand, I think it changes the entire experience of asking questions about their lives.”

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    Show notes:

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    Thompson on Longform
    01:00 Pappyland (Penguin Random House • 2020)
    02:00 Bloodlines (ESPN Investigates • 2020)
    18:00 "The Secret History of Tiger Woods" (ESPN • Apr 2016)
    18:00 "Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building" (ESPN • Feb 2013)
    18:00 "Holy Ground" (ESPN • Jun 2007)
    31:00 ”Michael Jordan: A History of Flight" (ESPN • May 2020)
    47:00 "As Clayton Kershaw Waits for Baseball to Return, a Look at His Family, Legacy and Future" (ESPN • Apr 2020)
    49:00 The Big Fella (Jane Leavy • Harper • 2018)
    52:00 "Pat Riley's Final Test" (ESPN • Apr 2017)

     

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High quality interviews. Maybe because it’s a journalist interviewing another journalist, but really some impressive Q & A skills.

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Inspirational and aspirational

As a freelance writer, I am always motivated and intrigued by both the big ideas and the in-the-weeds business tidbits shared in these episodes. I am amazed by all the research Max, Evan, and Aaron put into the interviews and how their appreciation of the art, craft, and execution of a writing career shows through.

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