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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 460: Mary Roach

    Episode 460: Mary Roach

    Mary Roach is the author of seven nonfiction books, including her latest, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.

    "In these realms of the taboo, there's a tremendous amount of material that is really interesting, but that people have stayed away from. ... I'm kind of a bottom feeder. It's down there on the bottom where people don't want to go. But if that's what it takes to find interesting, new material, I'm fine with it. I don't care. I'm not easily grossed out. I don't feel that there's any reason why we shouldn't look at this. And over time, I started to feel that ... the taboo was preventing people from having conversations that it would be healthy to have."

    Show notes:



    Roach on Longform

    01:00 Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (W.W. Norton • 2021)

    01:00 Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (W.W. Norton • 2003)

    01:00 Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (W.W. Norton • 2008)

    01:00 Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (W.W. Norton • 2010)

    01:00 Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (W.W. Norton • 2014)

    02:00 "Cute Inc." (Wired • Dec 1999)

    12:00 Roach's Salon archive

    46:00 "Hot Seat" (Discover • Mar 1998)

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    • 58 min
    Episode 459: E. Alex Jung

    Episode 459: E. Alex Jung

    E. Alex Jung is a senior writer for Vulture and New York. 

    ”When I'm in that space, I try to be a sponge. I'll just absorb whatever's happening or going on, and I'll be down to do mostly anything. I was actually thinking recently about what my limits would be in a profile. I was like—heroin? I don't think I would do that.”

    Show notes:


    Jung on Longform

    Jung's Vulture archive

    4:00 "Come as You Are" (The Morning News • Apr 2012)

    15:00 "Real Talk With RuPaul" (Vulture • Mar 2016)

    18:00 "Bong Joon-ho’s Dystopia Is Already Here" (New York • Oct 2019)

    24:00 "Michaela the Destroyer" (New York • Jul 2020)

    26:00 "The Joke Was Never on Jennifer Coolidge" (Vulture • Jul 2021)

    31:00 "Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her Mind" (Vulture • Jul 2020)

    34:00 "The Only One" (Hilton Als • New Yorker • Nov 1994)

    39:57 "Anthony Veasna So Knew He Was a Star" (Vulture • Aug 2021)

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    • 47 min
    Episode 458: Max Chafkin

    Episode 458: Max Chafkin

    Max Chafkin is a features editor and reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek. His new book is The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power.
    “I think there's like a really good way to come up with story ideas where you basically just look for people who have given TED Talks and figure out what they're lying about. And there's also a tendency in the press to pump up these startups based on those stories…. It's worth taking a critical look at these stars of the moment. Because often there's not as much there as we think. And if you’re talking about Theranos or something, there's some potential to do harm—but also it means that maybe more worthwhile efforts are not getting the attention they deserve.”
    Show notes:



    Chafkin on Longform

    Chafkin's Bloomberg Businessweek archive

    02:00 "Anything Could Happen" (Inc. • Mar 2008)

    09:00 "A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World" (Fast Company • Apr 2014)

    15:00 The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power (Penguin Press • 2021)

    22:00 Conspiracy: A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire’s Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire (Portfolio • 2019)

    25:00 "The Education of a Libertarian" (Peter Thiel • Cato Unbound • Apr 2009)

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    • 49 min
    Episode 457: Hannah Giorgis

    Episode 457: Hannah Giorgis

    Hannah Giorgis is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Her latest feature is "Most Hollywood Writers’ Rooms Look Nothing Like America.”
    ”In general, when we talk about representation, we talk about what we see on our screens. We're talking about actors, we're talking about who are the lead characters, what are the storylines that they're getting. And I'm always interested in that. But I'm really, really interested in power ... how it operates, and process.”
    Show notes:



    01:00 "Most Hollywood Writers’ Rooms Look Nothing Like America” (The Atlantic • Sep 2021)

    05:00 "How the '90s Kinda World of Living Single Lives on Today" (The Atlantic • Aug 2018)

    05:00 Longform Podcast #165: Jazmine Hughes

    17:00 "Corporate America’s $50 Billion Promise" (Tracy Jan, Jena McGregor, Meghan Hoyer • Washington Post • Aug 2021)

    23:00 "tattoo this article on my back." (Issa Rae • Twitter)

    25:00 "One Of The World's Best Long Distance Runners Is Now Running For His Life" (Buzzfeed • Nov 2016)

    27:00 "The Fleeting Promise of a Peaceful Ethiopia" (The Atlantic • Apr 2021)

    36:00 "Episode 5: Young East African Girl (with Hannah Giorgis)" ( Tracy Clayton, Heben Nigatu • Another Round • Apr 2015)

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    • 57 min
    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

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