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    • 4.6, 35 Ratings

Interviews, essays, reporting and discussion from the home of the best longform stories on the web.

    Don’t Let Old Wounds Die Out

    Don’t Let Old Wounds Die Out

    Head of Audience Catherine Cusick, Head of Fact-Checking Matt Giles, and Freelance Writer Nick Chrastil share what they've been reading and working on.
    This week:
    [1:01] “Your Honor, Can I Tell The Whole Story?” (Nick Chrastil, December 2019, The Atavist and The Lens)
    [19:36] “Inside Wayne LaPierre’s Battle for the N.R.A.” (Danny Hakim, December 18, 2019, The New York Times Magazine)

    Produced by Longreads and Charts & Leisure.

    • 28 min
    Normal Sucks: A Conversation with Jonathan Mooney

    Normal Sucks: A Conversation with Jonathan Mooney

    Longreads Founder Mark Armstrong speaks with award winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist Jonathan Mooney, author of the book Normal Sucks, about ways in which we can reorient how we think about diversity in education and how to reframe demoralizing systems of learning that aren't working for differently abled children.
    This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Mike Rugnetta with help from Mark Armstrong and Jason Oberholtzer.
    Hosted by Catherine Cusick. Mixed by Michael Simonelli.
    Longreads' theme music is written and performed by Brian Donohoe.

    • 40 min
    Connecting Online and Loving Malformations

    Connecting Online and Loving Malformations

    Head of Audience Catherine Cusick, Contributing Editor Aaron Gilbreath, Essays Editor Sari Botton, and The Rumpus Editor-in-Chief Marisa Siegel share what they've been reading and working on this week. 
    This week:
    [5:06] “This is small talk purgatory': what Tinder taught me about love.” (CJ Hauser, December 7, 2019, The Guardian)
    [12:56] “Spines of the Finwomen.” (Lidia Yuknavitch, October 31, 2019, The Rumpus)
    [20:50] Aaron’s Music Corner
    Produced by Longreads and Charts & Leisure.

    • 34 min
    Anyone's Son: A Family's Quest For Justice

    Anyone's Son: A Family's Quest For Justice

    Cody Dalton Eyre, a 20-year-old Alaskan Native, was having a mental health crisis on Christmas Eve, 2017 when his mother called 911 for help. So why did police officers end up shooting and killing him?
    Writer Wudan Yan and Longreads' Editor In Chief Mike Dang discuss the reporting of Anyone's Son, published this week on Longreads.
    This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Mike Rugnetta with help from Mike Dang and Jason Oberholtzer. Hosted by Catherine Cusick.
    Mixed and scored with original music by Michael Simonelli.
    Longreads' theme music is written and performed by Brian Donohoe.

    • 45 min
    Reporting Crime or Turning to Crime

    Reporting Crime or Turning to Crime

    Head of Audience Catherine Cusick and Head of Fact-Checking Matt Giles share what they've been reading and working on this week. 
    This week:
    [2:40] “He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.” (Pamela Colloff, December 4, 2019, ProPublica)
    [2:56] “Worked at Vice Then Went to Jail”: How a Bunch of Canadian Hipsters Wound Up Smuggling Cocaine (and Getting Caught)” (Kate Knibbs, December 2, 2019, The Ringer)
    [29:00] Sign up to get email updates from Pamela Colloff about her investigation into jailhouse informants and how she reported the story.
    Produced by Longreads and Charts & Leisure.

    • 33 min
    What’s Happening to My Body? by Devorah Heitner

    What’s Happening to My Body? by Devorah Heitner

    Devorah Heitner reflects on the ways she is reclaiming her relationship to her own body while grappling with the legacy of her mother’s poor body image and early death.
    This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason Oberholtzer, with help from Sari Botton. Hosted by Catherine Cusick.
    Mixed and scored with original music by Jason Oberholtzer and Michael Simonelli.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Robot Danger ,

Beautiful storytelling

In the age of hot takes and a news cycle that seems to focus on political coverage above all else, I love Longreads for bringing us stories you can really sit down with and enjoy. It's like getting a thoughtfully considered magazine delivered to you every day. I'm excited about the podcast because now I can bring these stories with me during my commute. The first episode had such terrific narration and told me a story about Dolly I never considered. That one will stay with me for a while. The best stories always do.

Uncledunge ,

Smart people, smart material

Longreads has been a boon to the brainy side of the Internet for several years, now, and this podcast is a welcome new angle. So far it seems to be nothing but extremely smart writers and editors speaking very thoughtfully about important topics and high-quality narrative journalism. Plus it's as pleasant to listen to as it is engaging, which seems rare these days! Most definitely worth a listen.

Heliconia11 ,

Storytelling beautifully done

I love that Longreads editors are all over the world and foster diverse writers and types of longform. This podcast is lovely, excited to hear more

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