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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 435: Albert Samaha

    Episode 435: Albert Samaha

    Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and the deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. His book Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes comes out in October.“I don’t think any child of the recession will ever not feel precarious. And being in journalism makes that even more so. ... At this point I’ve embraced the precarity of working in this industry. I’m sure at some point it’s going to be grating for people to hear me talk about how precarious and insecure I feel. … But I’ve got too many friends who are way too talented, who can’t use that talent in the ways that they are passionate about, for me to ever feel like my place in this industry is fully cemented.”

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    Show notes:
    Samaha on Longform
    Samaha's BuzzFeed archive
    11:00 Never Ran, Never Will Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City (PublicAffairs • 2018)
    17:00 "The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella" (Village Voice • Aug 2014)
    23:00 "A Bronx Betrayal" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2015)
    36:00 Concepcion
    40:00 "Looking For Right And Wrong In The Philippines" (BuzzFeed • May 2017)
    40:00 "My Uncle Spanky, the Rock Star Who Left It All Behind" (Pop-Up • Jun 2020)
    42:00 "I Followed My Uncle’s Legend To Italy, And Found A New Way Forward" (BuzzFeed • Mar 2018)
    42:00 "My Mom Believes In QAnon. I’ve Been Trying To Get Her Out." (BuzzFeed • Mar 2021)

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    Rerun: #390 Bonnie Tsui (April 2020)

    Rerun: #390 Bonnie Tsui (April 2020)

    Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and the author of Why We Swim.“I am a self-motivated person. I really don’t like being told what to do. I’ve thought about this many times over the last 16 years that I’ve been a full-time freelancer... even though I thought my dream was to always and forever be living in New York, working in publishing, working at a magazine, being an editor, writing. When I was an editor, I kind of hated it. I just didn’t like being chained to a desk.”

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    Show notes:
    02:00 Why We Swim (Algonquin • 2020)
    03:30 American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods (Tsui • Free Press • 2009)
    10:30 The Deep (2012)
    28:00 "With His Absence, My Artist Father Taught Me the Art of Vanishing" (Catapult • Feb 2019)
    41:30 "After Fires, Napa and Sonoma Tourism Industry Is Getting Back on Its Feet" (New York Times • Oct 2017)
    44:30 "Child Care: What — and Who — It Takes to Raise a Family" (California Sunday • July 2019)
    49:00 "The Break: Female Big-Wave Surfers Prepare to Compete on Mavericks’s 50-Foot Waves for the First Time" (California Sunday • Aug 2018)
    50:00 "Meet the Women Who Are Changing What it Means to be a Mom and a Professional Athlete" (Sports Illustrated • Dec 2019)
    53:30 "You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything" (New York Times • June 2019)

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    Episode 434: Jessica Lessin

    Episode 434: Jessica Lessin

    Jessica Lessin is founder and editor-in-chief of The Information.“It's very, very hard to predict the winners. A lot of investors try to do this. And I think sometimes where the press gets in trouble is trying to make a call.… It's not always our job to say this thing is doomed or not. I think many journalists, unfortunately, are more interested in that than in understanding, What is this company trying to do?”

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    Show notes: 
    Lessin's archive at The Information
    11:00 "Android’s Andy Rubin Left Google After Inquiry Found Inappropriate Relationship" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Nov 2017)
    11:00 "Silicon Valley Women Tell of VC’s Unwanted Advances" (Reed Albergotti • The Information • Jun 2017)
    23:00 Paul Steiger at ProPublica
    23:00 Kevin Delaney at Quartz
    26:00 "Facebook Hit by FTC Antitrust Suit That Seeks to Break Off Instagram, WhatsApp" (Christopher Stern • The Information • Dec 2020)
    31:00 "People are leaving S.F., but not for Austin or Miami. USPS data shows where they went" (J.K. Dineen • San Francisco Chronicle • Feb 2021)

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    Episode 433: Elon Green

    Episode 433: Elon Green

    Elon Green is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Awl, New York, and other publications. His new book is Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York.“The murders and the murderer should not be the driver. It should simply be the catalyst for the other story. And the other story is the victims. And the other story is the political backdrop and the environment that they are walking through.”

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    Show notes:
    Green on Longform
    00:00 Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Celadon Books • 2021)
    03:00 @DavidGrann
    05:00 davidyaffe.com
    07:00 Pamela Colloff on Longform
    10:00 The Advocate
    13:00 "The Enduring, Pernicious Whiteness of True Crime" (The Appeal • Aug 2020)
    13:00 Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann • Doubleday Books • 2017)
    13:00 Missing & Murdered (CBC News)
    13:00 Connie Walker on the Longform Podcast
    19:00 "These Gay Men Frequented Manhattan Piano Bars. So Did Their Killer." (Christopher Bollen • New York Times • Mar 2021)
    19:00 "Last Call: Behind the Terrifying Untold Story of New York's Gay Bar Killer" (Jim Farber • The Guardian • Mar 2021)
    21:00 "Do Threads of Five Lives Lead to One Serial Killer?" (Ian Fisher • New York Times • Aug 1993)
    30:00 "The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders" (The Awl • Dec 2014)
    32:00 "The Real Lolita" (Sarah Weinman • Hazlitt • Nov 2014)
    35:00 @ChrisCillizza

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    Episode 432: Jess Zimmerman

    Episode 432: Jess Zimmerman

    Jess Zimmerman is editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Her new book is Women and Other Monsters.“My goals are to be exactly as vulnerable as I feel is necessary. And not that’s necessary to me—that's necessary to the observer, to the reader. If [my story] is out there, it's out there because in order to make the larger point that I wanted to make … I had to give this level of access. It does kind of feel more strategic than cathartic.”

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    Show notes:
    Zimmerman's Electric Literature archive
    01:00 Women and Other Monsters (Beacon Press • 2021)
    03:00 "Hunger Makes Me" (Hazlitt • Jul 2016)
    04:00 Charybdis (theoi.com)
    05:00 Mary Roach's website
    08:00 The Furies (theoi.com)
    11:00 Lindy West's website
    12:00 "We Can’t Believe Survivors’ Stories If We Never Hear Them" (Rachel Zarrow • Electric Literature • Mar 2021)
    16:00 "Why Are Portholes Being Used on Cows?" (BBC News • Jun 2019)
    22:00 Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig
    24:00 "The Biggest Moments in xoJane History" (Eve Peyser • Jezebel • Jan 2017)
    31:00 I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder (Sarah Kurchak • Douglas & McIntyre • 2020)
    31:00 Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (Angela Chen • Beacon Press • 2020)
    32:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" (The Toast • Jul 2015)
    33:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" MetaFilter thread
    37:00 Catapult
    37:00 Hazlitt
    37:00 Electric Literature
    38:00 "What We Learned From Meghan and Harry’s Interview" (Sarah Lyall and Tariro Mzezewa • New York Times • Mar 2021)
    39:00 "Please Just Let Women Be Villiains" (Elyse Martin • Electric Literature • Feb 2021)
    39:00 Circe (Madeline Miller • Little, Brown and Company • 2018)
    41:00 "How to Arrange a Poetry Collection Using Mix Tape Rules" (Rachelle Toarmino • Electric Literature • Mar 2021)
    41:00 "What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa" (Catapult • May 2017)
    43:00 Zimmerman's newsletter Dead Channel
    43:00 "A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name" (Hazlitt • Jul 2015)
    46:00 Lamia (theoi.com)
    55:00 "I Always Thought of Myself as a Person Who Pays Attention" (Sarah Miller • Medium • Mar 2021)


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    Episode 431: Tejal Rao

    Episode 431: Tejal Rao

    Tejal Rao is the California restaurant critic for The New York Times and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine.“I've been thinking a lot about what makes a restaurant good…. Can a restaurant be good if it doesn't have wheelchair access? Can a restaurant be good if the farmers picking the tomatoes are getting sick? How much do we consider when we talk about if a restaurant is good or not? … If people are being exploited at every single point possible along the way, how good is the restaurant, really? … I worry that the pandemic has illuminated all of these issues and things are just going to keep going the way that they were.... That's what I worry about. That nothing will change.”

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    Show notes:
    Rao's New York Times archive
    01:00 "Is My Takeout Risking Lives or Saving Restaurants?" (New York Times • Apr 2020)
    03:00 Rao's Atlantic archive
    09:00 Rao's Saveur archive
    13:00 "For Best Results, Eat This Roti Immediately" (New York Times • Oct 2020)
    13:00 "Dining and Driving on the Empty Freeways of Los Angeles" (New York Times • Mar 2020)
    14:00 "A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor" (New York Times • Apr 2017)
    14:00 "India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past" (New York Times • Jul 2020)
    19:00 "Oysters: A Love Story" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2017)
    26:00 "I Lost My Appetite Because of Covid. This Sichuan Flavor Brought It Back." (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2021)
    30:00 "The Old-School Reasons to Love Los Angeles Restaurants" (New York Times • Feb 2019)
    33:00 "How Kit Kat Got Big in Japan" (New York Times Magazine • Oct 2018)
    43:00 "Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19" (Michael Grabell and Bernice Yeung • ProPublica • Aug 2020)
    Illustration by Tony Millionaire


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